RAAF McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A/B Hornet multi-role fighters have graced Australian skies since 1985 and more recently have seen plenty of combat service in the Middle East but are coming to the end of their service life. It will be sad to see the “Classic Hornets” go in the next few years as they are replaced by… Read More Avalon Australian International Airshow 2019 Hornets Nest!
At the 2011 Avalon International Air Show in Australia the Republic of Singapore Air Force put on a spirited display in a General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon. Normally the air show is dominated by the RAAF and USAF fast jets but not this time. Once that smoke came on we knew we were in for a real… Read More Singapore F-16 Fighting Falcon
Since the days of the 1920’s barnstormers, wing walking has been a popular display at air shows around the world. This is where someone stands and walks about the wings of an aircraft whilst it is in flight and often during some form of aerobatics! I have seen a few this year at some of the… Read More Wing Walkers
Back in the early days of Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft (AEW&C) they would have massive radar domes and sensors fitted above or below the fuselage such as the Lockheed EC-121 Warning Star (1952-1984 in US service), Grumman E-1 Tracer (1958-1977 US Navy) and Fairey Gannet AEW.3 (1959-1978 Royal Navy). The latter two types operated off aircraft… Read More Boeing 737 AEW&C
ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A Hornet is a twin-engined multi-role fighter capable of flying at Mach 1.8 that has been operated by the RAAF since 1984. 57 F/A-18A and 18 F/A-18B two seat versions were purchased (4 have been lost to crashes) to replace the obsolete Dassault Mirage IIIO delta winged interceptor/fighter-bomber (retired in 1988, the first aircraft entered RAAF service in… Read More RAAF McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A Hornet