WTS – The German Defence Technology Study Collection – NATO Tech

If you ever find yourself in the German city of Koblenz I thoroughly recommend a visit to the Wehrtechnische Studiensammlung (WTS – this literally translates to Defence Technology Study Collection). This is an armaments collection of the Bundeswehr (Federal Defence, the armed forces of Germany) with a focus on technical aspects to be used as an aid in… Read More WTS – The German Defence Technology Study Collection – NATO Tech

Swiss Air Force Centre: Dassault Mirage IIIS – The Swiss Supersonic Age

From 1964 to 2003, the Swiss Air Force operated modified licence-built interceptor, reconnaissance and trainer versions of the classic 1960’s era French designed, delta winged Dassault Mirage III (the type was replaced by the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet between 1996 and 1999). Powered by a SNECMA Atar 09 turbojet engine, the Mach 2.0 capable Mirage III jet truly brought Switzerland… Read More Swiss Air Force Centre: Dassault Mirage IIIS – The Swiss Supersonic Age

Swiss Air Force Centre: Home Grown Jet Fighter Prototypes

In the 1950’s the Swiss worked on the development of two domestically designed and produced jet combat aircraft for the Swiss Air Force, the EFW N-20 Aiguillon (Sting) fighter and the FFA P-16 ground attack fighter. Both projects only reached the prototype stage and ultimately both were cancelled. Luckily examples of both aircraft survive today and are on display in… Read More Swiss Air Force Centre: Home Grown Jet Fighter Prototypes

Powerhouse Museum – Catalina “Frigate Bird II” the South Pacific Adventurer

The main Transport Gallery of the Powerhouse Museum (Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences or MAAS) in Sydney Australia is an impressive space and the centrepiece is the Consolidated PB2B-2 Catalina “Frigate Bird II” flying boat that sits proudly suspended from the ceiling. This was a variant of the PBY-5 powered by two Pratt and Whitney R1830-92 Twin… Read More Powerhouse Museum – Catalina “Frigate Bird II” the South Pacific Adventurer

Restoring the Last Surviving RAAF Consolidated B-24 Liberator – 2017 Update

The B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Fund in Werribee, Victoria was formed in 1989 by a dedicated group of volunteers with the purpose of restoring the last surviving Consolidated B-24 Liberator bomber operated by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in World War Two (remarkable given they operated 287 B-24D, B-24J, B-24L and B-24M models from 1944… Read More Restoring the Last Surviving RAAF Consolidated B-24 Liberator – 2017 Update