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
Rest assured, this is not a mythical tale of pristine World War Two era Supermarine Spitfire fighters preserved in shipping crates buried beneath an airfield somewhere in modern day Myanmar (formerly Burma). No, this is about a roughly preserved Spitfire, Seafire and Hawker Sea Fury, formerly operated by the Burmese Air Force sitting out in… Read More Burmese Spitfire, Seafire & Sea Fury
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!
The Fantastic Progress of the Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre Regular readers will know that since 2012 I have been following the progress of the grass-roots, community based restoration of a former Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Avro Anson Mk.I (Serial Number W2364, built in 1941) at the Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre (NAHC) in the small… Read More Restoring an Avro Anson and a Wirraway Comes Home – 2018 Update Part II
Malaysia gained independence from the United Kingdom on August 31st, 1957. The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF or in Malay, TUDM – Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia) was formed on June 2nd, 1958 but was then known as the Royal Federation of Malaya Air Force (RFMAF). Prior to this, the Malaysian Auxiliary Air Force operated within… Read More Twin Pioneer – The First Aircraft of the Royal Malaysian Air Force
Continuing on from the Malaysian nautical theme of my previous post, SMD Quessant was a French Agosta class submarine used to train the first Royal Malaysian Navy sub crews from 2005 to 2009 in preparation for operation of their two Scorpène class diesel-powered submarines. Today you can tour the submarine on the outskirts of the city of Malacca in… Read More Muzium Kapal Selam – A French Submarine & Malaysian Combat Jets in Malacca, Malaysia
The insect like, diminutive, short ranged but effective Westland Wasp HAS Mk.I Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW) helicopter takes centre place in the Royal Malaysian Navy Museum (Muzium TLDM) in Malacca. This is part of the Maritime Museum complex. Despite its relatively small size (perfect for ship borne flying), the Wasp had a crew of 2… Read More Muzium TLDM – Westland Wasp of the Royal Malaysian Navy