The Survivors: Bristol Beaufighter – The “Whispering Death” of the Pacific and Beyond!

Reportedly dubbed “Whispering Death” by Japanese ground forces due to its quiet engines (courtesy of engine sleeve valves), fast and powerful Bristol Beaufighter heavy fighters were flown by Allied pilots to strike Axis shipping and ground targets in the European, North African, Mediterranean and South West Pacific theatres of World War Two. I can picture… Read More The Survivors: Bristol Beaufighter – The “Whispering Death” of the Pacific and Beyond!

The Survivors: Northrop-McDonnell Douglas YF-23A Black Widow II Advanced Tactical Fighter

The USAF Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) Program commenced in the 1970’s, then continued through the 1980’s and 1990’s, as a development, demonstration and evaluation program for a new USAF fifth generation fighter with stealth technology to complement and eventually replace the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle air superiority fighter. Lockheed and Northrop proposals were accepted in… Read More The Survivors: Northrop-McDonnell Douglas YF-23A Black Widow II Advanced Tactical Fighter

The Survivors: Northrop YF-17 Cobra – The Unwanted Fighter with Quite a Legacy!

In 1972 the USAF Lightweight Fighter (LWF) Program was launched to develop a smaller, highly maneuverable, lower cost air combat fighter to complement and conduct roles not suitable for the highly capable but expensive McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle air superiority fighter. This program ultimately pitted two contenders in a fly off, the General Dynamics YF-16… Read More The Survivors: Northrop YF-17 Cobra – The Unwanted Fighter with Quite a Legacy!

Polish Aviation Museum: The German Aviation Collection – Part II

Continuing on from my previous post on historic German aircraft at the Polish Aviation Museum in Krakow (Muzeum Lotnictwa Polskiego w Krakowie), the following are the World War One combat aircraft that were formerly part of the German Aviation Collection in Berlin at the Deutsche Luftfahrt Sammlung (German Aviation Museum). This Berlin museum once held… Read More Polish Aviation Museum: The German Aviation Collection – Part II

Restoring a RAAF DAP (Bristol) Beaufort Torpedo Bomber

During World War Two the Australian Department of Aircraft Production (DAP) licence built 700 Bristol Beaufort torpedo bombers for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). They conducted maritime patrol, anti-shipping, maritime reconnaissance, bombing and training duties in Australia and the South West Pacific theatre. The Beaufort’s were constructed at the main DAP factories in Fishermens… Read More Restoring a RAAF DAP (Bristol) Beaufort Torpedo Bomber

The Record Breaking Southern Cross and Kingsford Smith Memorial

In 1928 famed Australian aviation pioneer Charles Kingsford Smith (“Smithy”, 1897-1935), fellow Australian co-pilot Charles Ulm, navigator Harry Lyon and radio operator James Warner (both Americans) completed the first ever Trans-Pacific flight from the United States to Australia. Charles Ulm convinced George Allan Hancock, a Californian businessman with oil money, to pay for an aircraft… Read More The Record Breaking Southern Cross and Kingsford Smith Memorial

Restoring the Last Surviving RAAF Consolidated B-24 Liberator – 2018 Update

It has been over a year since I previously visited the long-term restoration of the last surviving World War Two era Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Consolidated B-24M Liberator bomber at the B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration in Werribee, Victoria. This particular aircraft, RAAF serial number A72-176 was delivered from the United States in late 1944 (USAAF Serial… Read More Restoring the Last Surviving RAAF Consolidated B-24 Liberator – 2018 Update