Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation: Aussie WWII Battlers & Aviation Pioneers

The Australian aviation industry was in a fledgling state in the 1930’s. With the potential for war brewing in Europe, discussions between the Australian government and numerous companies such as BHP and General Motors Holden began in 1935 to establish a modern aviation company to produce military aircraft and engines. Within a few short years… Read More Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation: Aussie WWII Battlers & Aviation Pioneers

Australian War Memorial: The Supermarine Spitfire of Air Ace ‘Bluey’ Truscott

In the World War Two gallery of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra sits elevated above relics of Australia’s North African campaigns a classic warrior of the skies, a Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IIa fighter. The Spitfire is one of the most famous fighters of that era and had an excellent combat record flying with Allied nations in all theatres of World War… Read More Australian War Memorial: The Supermarine Spitfire of Air Ace ‘Bluey’ Truscott

Australian War Memorial: Messerschmitt Me 262 “Black X”

Within the Striking by Night exhibition of the Australian War Memorial sits some of the most famous World War Two aircraft produced by German aviation company Messerschmitt AG. The jewel in the crown is a Messerschmitt Me 262A-2a jet fighter-bomber “Jabo” variant. The Me 262 was the world’s first fully operational jet aircraft. The Australian… Read More Australian War Memorial: Messerschmitt Me 262 “Black X”

Australian War Memorial: Avro Lancaster “G for George”

The centrepiece of the Striking by Night exhibition at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra is the multimedia sound and light show which re-creates a night bombing operation over Berlin in December 1943 featuring the beautifully restored World War Two era Avro Lancaster Mk.I bomber with the call sign “G for George“. This bomber (serial number W4783) was constructed by… Read More Australian War Memorial: Avro Lancaster “G for George”

“Battling Ray Parer” & the 1919 England to Australia Air Race

Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith with their mechanics Jim Bennett and Wally Shiers famously won the first England to Australia Air Race in 1919. They completed this record-breaking flight in 27 days and 20 hours to become the first men to ever complete such a flight and claim the £10,000 prize offered by the Australian Government… Read More “Battling Ray Parer” & the 1919 England to Australia Air Race