Australian Flying Corps – Lest We Forget – ANZAC Day 2017

Australian Flying Corps In the early days of military flying the Australian Flying Corps (AFC) operated during World War One (1914-1918) under the overall structure of the British Royal Flying Corps (RFC). Four complete AFC squadrons took part in the war, flying reconnaissance, observation photography, bombing, ground attack and scouting patrols to engage enemy aircraft over… Read More Australian Flying Corps – Lest We Forget – ANZAC Day 2017

Celebrating 75 Years – No. 1 Flying Boat Repair Depot, Lake Boga 1942-2017 – Part I

The star of the 75th anniversary celebrations on March 18th, 2017 for the former World War Two RAAF No. 1 Flying Boat Repair Depot at Lake Boga, Victoria (the base was active from 1942-1947) was meant to be the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) Consolidated PBY-6A “Black Cat” Catalina (VH-PBZ aka A24-362). The Catalina was one of the… Read More Celebrating 75 Years – No. 1 Flying Boat Repair Depot, Lake Boga 1942-2017 – Part I

Swiss Air Force Centre: de Havilland DH.112 Venom – 30 Year Swiss Defenders

Swiss Venoms In addition to the de Havilland DH.100 Vampire jet fighter-bomber, the Swiss Air Force also operated and licence-built the de Havilland DH.112 Venom in the fighter-bomber and reconnaissance role from the mid 1950’s into the 1980’s. The Venom was basically an improved development of the Vampire which featured the same 4 x 20mm Hispano cannons, plus… Read More Swiss Air Force Centre: de Havilland DH.112 Venom – 30 Year Swiss Defenders

FHC Mosquito TV959 – Putting a “Wooden Wonder” Back Together Again

de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito T.Mk.III (TV959) is currently a work in progress at the Flying Heritage Collection (FHC) located at Paine Field, Washington. This particular one is currently the third flying Mosquito example (with more to follow) and the second reconstructed and restored to flight by Avspecs Ltd. in New Zealand (FB.Mk.26 fighter bomber KA114 being the first in 2013 and… Read More FHC Mosquito TV959 – Putting a “Wooden Wonder” Back Together Again

Aviation Nation 2016: 10 Tanker Air Carrier DC-10 Fire Bomber

The flying program at Aviation Nation 2016 included an impressive fire bombing demonstration by the big 10 Tanker Air Carrier McDonnell Douglas DC-10 and its Rockwell OV-10 Bronco spotting aircraft (a magnificent looking warbird in USMC markings). The DC-10 is one of the largest fire fighting aircraft in the world and you can imagine what a difference its… Read More Aviation Nation 2016: 10 Tanker Air Carrier DC-10 Fire Bomber

Aviation Nation 2016: 75 Years of Airpower – Part IV

Aviation Nation 2016 celebrated “75 Years of Airpower” at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. In addition to all the modern flying tech of today (please see my previous post) the Nellis Heritage Parade component of the air show included various warbirds from World War Two and the Korean War era, accompanied with plenty of pyrotechnics!… Read More Aviation Nation 2016: 75 Years of Airpower – Part IV

Aviation Nation 2016: USAF Heritage Flight

USAF first and fifth generation jet fighter air dominance was on display at Aviation Nation 2016 and made for a perfect grouping during the USAF Heritage Flight. To see an early 1950’s era North American F-86 Sabre flying alongside todays stealthy Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor and the new Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter was fantastic and shows incredible… Read More Aviation Nation 2016: USAF Heritage Flight