Australian International Airshow 2017 – Avalon’s ADF Showcase Part IV

The Roulettes The RAAF Roulettes aerobatic display team put on a great formation flying display at the Avalon Australian International Airshow 2017 with a six ship group of their current steed, the Pilatus PC-9/A turboprop trainer. Roulette pilots are qualified flying instructors from the Central Flying School at RAAF East Sale (there are 7 pilots… Read More Australian International Airshow 2017 – Avalon’s ADF Showcase Part IV

Australian International Airshow 2017 – Avalon’s ADF Showcase Part III

Australian Defence Force (ADF) Showcase The ADF Showcase component of the Avalon Australian International Airshow 2017 demonstrated the defence operation capabilities of a joint Australian Defence Force task force featuring fighter jets, helicopters, maritime patrol and support aircraft from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Royal Australian Army and Royal Australian Navy. Lets now take a look at… Read More Australian International Airshow 2017 – Avalon’s ADF Showcase Part III

Australian International Airshow 2017 – Avalon’s ADF Showcase Part II

Australian Defence Force (ADF) Showcase The 20 minute ADF Showcase component of the Avalon Australian International Airshow 2017 was a ripper! This flying display featured reconnaissance, suppression, attack and rescue defence operations with fighter jets, helicopters, maritime patrol and support aircraft to demonstrate the mixed capabilities and skills of a joint ADF task force. The number… Read More Australian International Airshow 2017 – Avalon’s ADF Showcase Part II

Australian International Airshow 2017 – Avalon’s ADF Showcase Part I

The Avalon Australian International Airshow 2017 had many aviation highlights but the key flying displays of the show were those featuring many of the aircraft in the RAAF, Royal Australian Army and Royal Australian Navy air fleets. These included older and brand new aircraft currently in operation or soon to reach operational status in the… Read More Australian International Airshow 2017 – Avalon’s ADF Showcase Part I

Australian International Airshow 2017 – RAAF F-35A Joint Strike Fighter Avalon Debut

A real treat for aviation fans (or “aerosexuals” as my best mate says!) at the Avalon Australian International Airshow 2017 was the addition of a short but historically significant flying  display by the new RAAF Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter A35-001. This aircraft piloted by Squadron Leader Andrew “Jacko” Jackson is the first… Read More Australian International Airshow 2017 – RAAF F-35A Joint Strike Fighter Avalon Debut

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

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