South Australian Aviation Museum – Open Cockpits and Family Fun Day 2017 – Part III

Continuing on from my visit to the South Australian Aviation Museum (SAAM) Open Cockpits and Family Fun Day on Sunday April 9th, 2017, lets take a look at the RAAF General Dynamics RF-111C (A8-134) strike/reconnaissance aircraft that dominates their main display hangar. I also took an informative cockpit tour of the RF-111C which was a real highlight of… Read More South Australian Aviation Museum – Open Cockpits and Family Fun Day 2017 – Part III

South Australian Aviation Museum – Open Cockpits and Family Fun Day 2017 – Part II

Continuing on from my visit to the South Australian Aviation Museum (SAAM) Open Cockpits and Family Fun Day on Sunday April 9th, 2017, lets take a look at my time in their main display hangar. Inside this hangar is where they keep their two jewels in the crown (in my opinion), an RAAF Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vc and… Read More South Australian Aviation Museum – Open Cockpits and Family Fun Day 2017 – Part II

South Australian Aviation Museum – Open Cockpits and Family Fun Day 2017 – Part I

I attended my first Open Cockpits and Family Fun Day at the South Australian Aviation Museum (SAAM) in Port Adelaide on Sunday April 9th, 2017 (it was good to get back to the museum as I hadn’t been there since 2011 and much had changed). What a fantastic event it was, with many of the museums… Read More South Australian Aviation Museum – Open Cockpits and Family Fun Day 2017 – Part I

Swiss Air Force Centre: de Havilland DH.112 Venom – 30 Year Swiss Defenders

Swiss Venoms In addition to the de Havilland DH.100 Vampire jet fighter-bomber, the Swiss Air Force also operated and licence-built the de Havilland DH.112 Venom in the fighter-bomber and reconnaissance role from the mid 1950’s into the 1980’s. The Venom was basically an improved development of the Vampire which featured the same 4 x 20mm Hispano cannons, plus… Read More Swiss Air Force Centre: de Havilland DH.112 Venom – 30 Year Swiss Defenders

Swiss Air Force Centre: de Havilland DH.100 Vampire – The First Swiss Jet Fighter

Swiss Vampires The Swiss Air Force operated 182 de Havilland DH.100 Vampire early jet fighter-bombers. The Vampire was the first jet fighter in the Swiss inventory and they were initially used for air defence. The first 4 were F.1 fighter variants purchased from the United Kingdom in 1946 to be used for evaluation and flight testing… Read More Swiss Air Force Centre: de Havilland DH.100 Vampire – The First Swiss Jet Fighter

Cold War Warriors: Classic Aircraft Aviation Museum

The Classic Aircraft Aviation Museum located in Hillsboro, Oregon had a number of their Cold War warriors on static display at the Oregon International Air Show 2016. Apart from a former Taiwanese Air Force Northrop F-5E Tiger II produced in the 1970’s the rest of the aircraft were ex-European air force jets from the 1950’s and 1960’s which made for… Read More Cold War Warriors: Classic Aircraft Aviation Museum

PBY – Naval Air Museum – Whidbey Island

The PBY – Naval Air Museum (operated by the PBY Memorial Foundation) can be found in downtown Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island in Washington state. The Oak Harbor section of Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island was once a thriving seaplane base and during World War Two the Consolidated PBY Catalina amphibious patrol bomber (also used for Search… Read More PBY – Naval Air Museum – Whidbey Island