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

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

Celebrating 75 Years – No. 1 Flying Boat Repair Depot, Lake Boga 1942-2017 – Part II

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

Celebrating 75 Years – No. 1 Flying Boat Repair Depot, Lake Boga 1942-2017 – Part I

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

Australian International Airshow 2017 – Avalon’s ADF Showcase Part IV

The Roulettes The RAAF Roulettes aerobatic display team put on a great formation flying display at the Avalon Australian International Airshow 2017 with a six ship group of their current steed, the Pilatus PC-9/A turboprop trainer. Roulette pilots are qualified flying instructors from the Central Flying School at RAAF East Sale (there are 7 pilots… Read More Australian International Airshow 2017 – Avalon’s ADF Showcase Part IV