Classic Jets Fighter Museum – Vought F4U-1 Corsair Restoration

Today I ventured into Classic Jets Fighter Museum to see the restoration of a rare bird indeed, the oldest known surviving Vought F4U Corsair fighter from World War Two. This particular example, F4U-1 (Bu.02270) is one of only two early “birdcage canopy” Corsairs in existence and is said to be the 124th example produced by… Read More Classic Jets Fighter Museum – Vought F4U-1 Corsair Restoration

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

The Former RAAF Ballarat Airbase & Friends of the Anson Air Museum

Empire Air Training Scheme – RAAF Ballarat Flying began in 1914 at the site of what is today the Ballarat Airport in Victoria but military flying did not commence until World War Two. The RAAF airbase was established there in 1940 with No. 1 Wireless Air Gunners School (WAGS) under the Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS) using Avro Anson multi… Read More The Former RAAF Ballarat Airbase & Friends of the Anson Air Museum

Restoring the Last Surviving RAAF Consolidated B-24 Liberator – 2016 Update

In 2013 I wrote about the long-term project by the B-24 Liberator Memorial Restoration Fund (formed in 1989 and manned by a dedicated group of volunteers) in Werribee, Victoria to restore the last surviving Consolidated B-24 Liberator bomber operated by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in World War Two. This particular aircraft is a… Read More Restoring the Last Surviving RAAF Consolidated B-24 Liberator – 2016 Update

Restoring an Avro Anson – 2016 Update

In October 2015 I shared the progress of a grass-roots community based Avro Anson restoration project being completed by the Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre (NAHC) in Nhill, a small country town in the Wimmera region of Victoria, Australia. This particular World War Two era, British designed Avro Anson Mk.I (serial number W2364) was a former Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) twin-engined… Read More Restoring an Avro Anson – 2016 Update

Restoring an Avro Anson – 2015 Update

In March 2013 I shared the progress of a grass-roots community based Avro Anson restoration project being completed by the Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre in Nhill, a small town in country Victoria, Australia (in the Wimmera region, not far from the towns where I grew up). This particular World War Two era, British designed Avro Anson Mk.I (serial number W2364) was… Read More Restoring an Avro Anson – 2015 Update

Restoring the last surviving RAAF Consolidated B-24 Liberator

In Werribee (a town in Victoria), is a very unique piece of Australian military history.  The restoration of the last remaining Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Consolidated B-24 Liberator (and the only one in the southern hemisphere) is taking place there in an old air force hangar. The B-24 was a large (wingspan 33.5 metres/110 feet and length 20.7 metres/68 feet)… Read More Restoring the last surviving RAAF Consolidated B-24 Liberator