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
During World War One the replacement for the Sopwith Camel scout fighter was the Sopwith Snipe biplane. Designed by Herbert Smith of the Sopwith Aviation Company, the Snipe first flew in October 1917 but with developmental issues that took a year to iron out (including initial pilot complaints of an inadequate rudder that was too… Read More The Survivors: World War One’s Sopwith Snipe
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
At 11am on November 11th, 1918 the guns finally fell silent. The armistice to end The Great War, World War One, came into effect. 100 years later, Lest We Forget. They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down… Read More 100 Years: 1918 to 2018 – RAAF Museum Remembrance Day WW1 Flying Display
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
At the Adelaide Airport in South Australia is what I still consider to be one of the cities best hidden aviation treasures. The Vickers Vimy and Sir Ross & Sir Keith Smith Memorial building (established 1958) houses the immaculate looking World War One era Vickers Vimy IV G-EAOU (dubbed “God ‘Elp All Of Us“) bomber,… Read More Sir Ross & Keith Smith Vickers Vimy – 2018 Update
Aviatik “Berg Scout“ When you think of military aircraft operated by the Central Powers of Germany and Austria-Hungary during World War One, aircraft manufacturers like Fokker, Albatros and Gotha generally spring to mind. The German Aviatik aircraft company is probably lesser known to most and the aircraft produced by the Austro-Hungarian branch of Aviatek probably even… Read More Austrian Aviation Heritage: Aviatik (Berg) D.I – A Hidden Treasure from World War One!