It was windy, dusty and hot, very hot, at Avalon this year! Temperatures pushed upwards of 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) and it was not for the feint hearted – heat stroke was apparently a problem in the crowd on the public days (March 1st to 3rd)! I have been to many scorching shows in… Read More Avalon Australian International Airshow 2019
Wouldn’t you know it but after weeks of relatively dry days, the weather god’s decided to play some fun and games with storm fronts all over New Zealand right on the weekend of the Wings Over Wairarapa Air Festival 2019 at Hood Aerodrome, Masterton (February 22nd to 24th)! Heavy rains were predicted and rain did… Read More Wings Over Wairarapa Air Festival 2019
The Australian Army Flying Museum sits outside the Army Aviation Centre in Oakey, Queensland. Here you can see a great collection of fixed wing aircraft and helicopters operated by the Australian Army Aviation Corps, including those from the 1970’s through to the end of the Cold War and beyond, to modern conflicts such as Iraq… Read More Australian Army Flying Museum – Army Aviation into the 1970’s and Beyond
Here are some of the highlights of the November 18th, 2018 open day at the RAAF Base Amberley Heritage Centre in Queensland (near Brisbane). I got there early and waited outside by the base gate guardian, a General Dynamics F-111C (A8-138) strike aircraft that was in service at RAAF Amberley from 1973 to 2010 with… Read More RAAF Amberley Heritage Centre Open Day – November 2018
RAAF Wagga on the outskirts of Wagga Wagga, New South Wales has a small, well maintained airpark with plenty of RAAF history. Next door in the old gatehouse building, is the RAAF Wagga Heritage Centre with a number of displays in the base and unit history. AIRPARK At the time of my visit in October… Read More RAAF Wagga Heritage Centre
A great air show in south central New South Wales, hosted by the Temora Aviation Museum! Their fantastic collection of World War Two and Cold War era aircraft is the basis for the show and as the name predicts there were plenty of warbirds on display, accompanied by modern day RAAF aircraft including fast jets… Read More Warbirds Downunder 2018
The Prague Aviation Museum at Kbely in the Czech Republic has plenty of Cold War era Soviet designed Mikoyan Gurevich jet fighters. One that really stood out when I was there in September 2017, was a Czech Air Force Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-23MF Flogger B (s/n 3646) variable geometry wing fighter that sports the almost cartoonish… Read More Czech Hell Fighter!
Following independence in 1948, Burma which was renamed Myanmar by the military government in 1989, operated mostly British, European and American designed aircraft in its Air Force such as the Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX and Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 fighters in the 1950’s and Lockheed AT-33A Shooting Star attack capable trainers in the 1960’s and 1970’s.… Read More Myanmar’s Chinese Combat Aircraft
So how were the beaches in Bali? I have no idea, as I never set foot on them but I did go and see the two abandoned Boeing 737 jets in random locations on a crazy morning in May 2018. It was my last day in Indonesia but before going to the airport to fly… Read More Bali’s Abandoned Boeing 737’s
When you think of the two-seat trainer version of the legendary “Scooter“, the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk attack aircraft, the first thing that springs to mind is the TA-4 tandem two-seat variant with one canopy, as operated by the US Navy, US Marine Corps, Royal Australian Navy, Royal New Zealand Air Force and many other armed… Read More Singapore’s Double Bubble Super Skyhawk!