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… Read More The Record Breaking Southern Cross and Kingsford Smith Memorial

The Survivors: World War One’s Iconic Sopwith Camel

SOPWITH CAMEL Designed by Thomas Sopwith himself, of the Sopwith Aviation Company as a further development of the Sopwith Pup, the iconic British Sopwith Camel biplane was the most successful Allied scout fighter of World War One and became the steed of many Allied air aces. Introduced to the Western Front in 1917, the Sopwith… Read More The Survivors: World War One’s Iconic Sopwith Camel

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

The Survivors: Imperial German A.E.G. G.IV Bomber

The World War One era AEG G.IV (Registration Number 574/18) at the Canada Aviation & Space Museum in Ottawa, Ontario is a rare aircraft indeed. The standard twin-engine G-type (Großflugzeug) biplane medium bomber was built by Allgemeine Elektrizitäts Gesellschaft (A.E.G. – General Electric Company) of Berlin and the type first entered German service in late… Read More The Survivors: Imperial German A.E.G. G.IV Bomber