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

Australian War Memorial: Knights of the Sky – Pfalz D.XII Scout Aircraft

The Pfalz D.XII was a scout aircraft operated by the Imperial German Air Service late in World War One and it does not seem to have had a good reputation with the German pilots who flew it! The first Pfalz D.XII prototype scout aircraft flew in March 1918. Around 750 – 800 were manufactured for the… Read More Australian War Memorial: Knights of the Sky – Pfalz D.XII Scout Aircraft

Australian War Memorial: Knights of the Sky – Albatros D.Va Scout Aircraft

One of my favourite historic aircraft in Australia is the Imperial German Air Service Albatros D.Va (serial number D.5390/17, manufactured around August/September 1917), a World War One scout aircraft displayed at the Australian War Memorial ANZAC Hall, Over the Front: The Great War in the Air exhibition in Canberra. The predecessor of this aircraft was the Albatros D.III… Read More Australian War Memorial: Knights of the Sky – Albatros D.Va Scout Aircraft

Australian War Memorial: Knights of the Sky – Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a Scout

During World War One the Australian Flying Corps (AFC) flew air combat over most fronts of the war and especially the Western Front in Europe. In December 1917 AFC No. 2 Squadron was first equipped with the new Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a scout fighter. This S.E.5a was not only relatively easy to fly but also fast (top speed 222 km/h),… Read More Australian War Memorial: Knights of the Sky – Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a Scout

John Duigan – Australian Aviation Pioneer

John Robertson Duigan During World War One a very famous Australian pilot was flying with distinction and bravery in the Australian Flying Corps (AFC). His name was John Robertson Duigan (May 31st,  1882 – June 11th, 1951). Duigan was an aviation pioneer who on July 16th, 1910 made the first Australian designed, built and piloted powered flight. That… Read More John Duigan – Australian Aviation Pioneer

2016 Tyabb Airshow – Winged Warriors

This years Tyabb Airshow at the Peninsula Aero Club on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria was my first show at Tyabb for many years. I always enjoy going down there as it is a key warbird hub in Australia and that tradition continues. This show has always had a particularly heavy focus on warbirds and this was one not to miss (even though the cloud cover… Read More 2016 Tyabb Airshow – Winged Warriors

Ross & Keith Smith Vickers Vimy & the 1919 England to Australia Air Race

At the Adelaide Airport in South Australia is possibly one of the cities best hidden aviation treasures. In an obscure and almost forgotten location down near the airport long-term parking, sits the Sir Ross & Sir Keith Smith War Memorial building (established 1958). Inside is the immaculate looking World War One era Vickers Vimy IV G-EAOU (dubbed “God ‘Elp All Of Us“). Vickers… Read More Ross & Keith Smith Vickers Vimy & the 1919 England to Australia Air Race

A Brief History of the Royal Australian Air Force: The Early Years – 1914 to 1939

To commemorate the centenary of military aviation in Australia (1914 to 2014) I am writing a six-part series on the key stages of the RAAF: The Early Years – 1914 to 1939 (World War One and the interwar years), World War Two – 1939 to 1945, the Cold War Begins and the Korean War – 1945 to 1953, South East Asian Conflicts – 1950 to… Read More A Brief History of the Royal Australian Air Force: The Early Years – 1914 to 1939