Australian Flying Corps – Lest We Forget – ANZAC Day 2017

Australian Flying Corps In the early days of military flying the Australian Flying Corps (AFC) operated during World War One (1914-1918) under the overall structure of the British Royal Flying Corps (RFC). Four complete AFC squadrons took part in the war, flying reconnaissance, observation photography, bombing, ground attack and scouting patrols to engage enemy aircraft over… Read More Australian Flying Corps – Lest We Forget – ANZAC Day 2017

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

Classic Jets Fighter Museum – Vought F4U-1 Corsair Restoration

Today I ventured into Classic Jets Fighter Museum to see the restoration of a rare bird indeed, the oldest known surviving Vought F4U Corsair fighter from World War Two. This particular example, F4U-1 (Bu.02270) is one of only two early “birdcage canopy” Corsairs in existence and is said to be the 124th example produced by… Read More Classic Jets Fighter Museum – Vought F4U-1 Corsair Restoration

Australian International Airshow 2017 – International Military Visitors

In addition to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) assets the Avalon Australian International Airshow 2017 also included international military flying displays from the USAF and RNZAF. The USAF solo handling displays were performed admirably in a General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon (aka “Viper”) multi-role fighter and the always impressive Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor air dominance fighter… Read More Australian International Airshow 2017 – International Military Visitors