As my aviation road trip continues, I dropped by the Friends of the Avro Anson Museum in Ballarat, Victoria in August 2018 with my nephew Nate to catch up with Alan J. Penhall to see the restoration progress on his “Faithful Annie“, a former RAAF Avro Anson Mk.I twin-engine training aircraft. I had not been… Read More Friends of the Avro Anson Air Museum – 2018 Restoration Update
At the Adelaide Airport in South Australia is what I still consider to be one of the cities best hidden aviation treasures. The Vickers Vimy and Sir Ross & Sir Keith Smith Memorial building (established 1958) houses the immaculate looking World War One era Vickers Vimy IV G-EAOU (dubbed “God ‘Elp All Of Us“) bomber,… Read More Sir Ross & Keith Smith Vickers Vimy – 2018 Update
During a recent visit to Adelaide in South Australia I couldn’t miss revisiting the Classic Jets Fighter Museum at Parafield Airport to catch up on their restoration of a very rare Vought F4U-1 Corsair (Bu. 02270) which is one of only two early “birdcage canopy” Corsairs in existence. It was the 124th example produced by Vought. In… Read More Classic Jets Fighter Museum – Vought F4U-1 Corsair Restoration Update 2018
Taking a hot air balloon flight was a fantastic experience during my time in Myanmar in February 2018. Seeing the sunrise over the mountains and temples of Bagan, plus all the other balloons was something to never forget! There are plenty of rules and regulations for hot air balloon flights over the Bagan temples. Generally… Read More Balloons Over Bagan – What Goes Up, Must Come Down!
One of the must do experiences in Bagan, Myanmar (if you can afford it) is to take a hot air balloon flight over the temples which were built during the 9th to 13th Centuries. In the dawns early light, balloons started to take flight. I was lucky to be in one of the first to… Read More Balloons Over Bagan – A Glorious Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight
Exploring the famous and vast complex of temples at Bagan, an ancient city of the Bagan Empire that was active in the Mandalay region of Myanmar from the 9th to 13th Centuries in February 2018 was a fantastic experience. King Anawrahta really got construction pumping from the 11th Century until the 13th Century when over… Read More Balloons Over Bagan – A Dawn Lift Off!
Following independence in 1948, Burma which was renamed Myanmar by the military government in 1989, operated mostly British, European and American designed aircraft in its Air Force such as the Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX and Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 fighters in the 1950’s and Lockheed AT-33A Shooting Star attack capable trainers in the 1960’s and 1970’s.… Read More Myanmar’s Chinese Combat Aircraft