The main Transport Gallery of the Powerhouse Museum (Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences or MAAS) in Sydney Australia is an impressive space and the centrepiece is the Consolidated PB2B-2 Catalina “Frigate Bird II” flying boat that sits proudly suspended from the ceiling. This was a variant of the PBY-5 powered by two Pratt and Whitney R1830-92 Twin… Read More Powerhouse Museum – Catalina “Frigate Bird II” the South Pacific Adventurer
The RAAF Museum Point Cook long-term restoration of a de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito PR Mk.XVI (A52-600) photo reconnaissance aircraft continues on as time and labour permits. Delivered to the RAAF in November 1944 this aircraft was one of 23 of this variant operated by the RAAF (A52-600 to 622). This is the only surviving PR… Read More Restoring an RAAF de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito PR Mk.XVI
DHC-4 Caribou in RAAF Service The de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou was a legendary tactical transport aircraft with its incredible Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) capability that served the RAAF admirably for 45 years from 1964 to 2009. Operated by No. 35 and No. 38 Squadrons they flew in and out of difficult to access… Read More RAAF DHC-4 Caribou STOL Tactical Transports – Survivors of 45 Years of Operations
Naturally there were numerous warbirds and aerobatic flying displays at the Avalon Australian International Airshow 2017 including an explosive pyrotechnic show by the ORIS “Tin Stix of Dynamite” team American Skip Stewart and triple world aerobatics champion Jurgus Kairys from Lithuania in their Super Pitts and Sukhoi Su-31 aerobatic aircraft. World War Two era warbirds… Read More Australian International Airshow 2017 – Warbirds & Aerobatics Flyers
The Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre (NAHC) hosted a great Military Vehicle Rendezvous in Nhill, Victoria on Saturday June 3rd, 2017. Not only were military vehicles present but also a selection of aircraft, classic cars and of course the NAHC centrepiece at the Nhill Aerodrome, the Avro Anson Mk.I restoration project. Nhill in World War Two The… Read More Nhill Military Vehicle Rendezvous 2017
There were numerous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) on static display at the Avalon Australian International Airshow 2017. Today UAV’s provide a valuable resource to military forces around the world and conduct many roles including long-loiter surveillance and controversially precision strike missions. Examples covering many of these roles were at Avalon.
Reevers B-25J Reevers Warbirds unveiled their North American B-25J Mitchell medium bomber restoration project at a public open day hosted by Classic Jets Fighter Museum on April 9th, 2017 at Parafield Airport, Adelaide, South Australia (alongside the museums F4U Corsair restoration project). I was in town and couldn’t miss the opportunity to attend! This aircraft was formerly “Lucky Lady” which… Read More Reevers Warbirds B-25 Mitchell Restoration – “Pulk” a Dutch Tribute