The 75th anniversary celebrations on March 18th, 2017 for the former World War Two RAAF No. 1 Flying Boat Repair Depot at Lake Boga, Victoria (the base was active from 1942-1947) continued in the afternoon with the aerobatic performers and warbirds (see my previous post) being joined by modern military aircraft with the RAAF Roulettes display team flying the… Read More Celebrating 75 Years – No. 1 Flying Boat Repair Depot, Lake Boga 1942-2017 – Part II
The star of the 75th anniversary celebrations on March 18th, 2017 for the former World War Two RAAF No. 1 Flying Boat Repair Depot at Lake Boga, Victoria (the base was active from 1942-1947) was meant to be the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) Consolidated PBY-6A “Black Cat” Catalina (VH-PBZ aka A24-362). The Catalina was one of the… Read More Celebrating 75 Years – No. 1 Flying Boat Repair Depot, Lake Boga 1942-2017 – Part I
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 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
The Fairey III seaplane was first flown in Great Britain in 1917 and was in use by various air arms until 1941 as a reconnaissance and general purpose naval aircraft. Despite more than 960 Fairey III variants being produced the only complete surviving (and immaculate!) example is Fairey IIID “Santa Cruz“ at the Museu de Marinha (Naval Museum) in Lisbon,… Read More The First Ever Air Crossing of the South Atlantic in 1922 – Portuguese Naval Aviators Never Give Up!
de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito T.Mk.III (TV959) is currently a work in progress at the Flying Heritage Collection (FHC) located at Paine Field, Washington. This particular one is currently the third flying Mosquito example (with more to follow) and the second reconstructed and restored to flight by Avspecs Ltd. in New Zealand (FB.Mk.26 fighter bomber KA114 being the first in 2013 and… Read More FHC Mosquito TV959 – Putting a “Wooden Wonder” Back Together Again
Just as the Allies were keen to gather as much information as they could on German rocket and jet technology during World War Two, the Japanese were likewise seeking this very same technology to aid their war effort. Their need was out of desperation, being constantly pounded by Allied bombing raids and rapidly losing territory they… Read More The Survivors: Mitsubishi J8M Shusui – Imperial Japan’s Rocket Powered Interceptor