In early 1958 the Swiss government ordered 100 British designed Hawker Hunter F.Mk.58 fighters for the Swiss Air Force. The first 12 were upgraded former RAF F.Mk.6 examples and the rest were new off the Hawker production line (the first was delivered in April 1958 and the last in April 1960). Fine examples of single-seat Swiss Hunters can… Read More Swiss Air Force Centre: Hunters of the Alps
DHC-4 Caribou in RAAF Service The de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou was a legendary tactical transport aircraft with its incredible Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) capability that served the RAAF admirably for 45 years from 1964 to 2009. Operated by No. 35 and No. 38 Squadrons they flew in and out of difficult to access… Read More RAAF DHC-4 Caribou STOL Tactical Transports – Survivors of 45 Years of Operations
Naturally there were numerous warbirds and aerobatic flying displays at the Avalon Australian International Airshow 2017 including an explosive pyrotechnic show by the ORIS “Tin Stix of Dynamite” team American Skip Stewart and triple world aerobatics champion Jurgus Kairys from Lithuania in their Super Pitts and Sukhoi Su-31 aerobatic aircraft. World War Two era warbirds… Read More Australian International Airshow 2017 – Warbirds & Aerobatics Flyers
There were numerous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) on static display at the Avalon Australian International Airshow 2017. Today UAV’s provide a valuable resource to military forces around the world and conduct many roles including long-loiter surveillance and controversially precision strike missions. Examples covering many of these roles were at Avalon.
Royal Australian Navy Eurocopter AS-350B Squirrel helicopters operated by 723 Squadron have been in operation since 1984 and are normally used in the lead in helicopter training role (earlier on they did fly off navy frigates in the surveillance and utility role). Every now and then though they put on a bit of a show.… Read More Wings Over Illawarra 2017: Squirrel Pairs Display Team
There were a number of Australian Defence Force helicopters on static display at Wings Over Illawarra 2017. These included from nearby HMAS Albatross (Naval Air Station Nowra) a Royal Australian Navy (RAN) 723 Squadron Bell 429 utility and training helicopter (3 have been in service since April 2012), a 816 Squadron Sikorsky S-70B-2 Seahawk all-weather, day/night… Read More Wings Over Illawarra 2017: Military Helicopter Statics
The newest asset in the Royal Australian Navy Fleet Air Arm is the Sikorsky MH-60R “Romeo” Seahawk (N48-009) all-weather, day/night operations, anti-submarine/anti-shipping helicopter which also has a secondary Search And Rescue role. Fitted with advanced avionics and weapons systems, it can carry Mk.54 anti-submarine torpedoes and Hellfire air-to-surface missiles. 24 are on order for operation from RAN… Read More Wings Over Illawarra 2017: RAN MH-60R “Romeo” Seahawk