Australian Army Flying Museum – Army Aviation from World War One to Vietnam

The Australian Army Flying Museum sits outside the Army Aviation Centre in Oakey, Queensland. Here you can see a great collection of fixed wing aircraft and helicopters operated by the Australian Army Aviation Corps, including replica’s of a number of aircraft operated by the Australian Flying Corps (AFC) during World War One. Australian Flying Corps… Read More Australian Army Flying Museum – Army Aviation from World War One to Vietnam

100 Years: 1918 to 2018 – RAAF Museum Remembrance Day WW1 Flying Display

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

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

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