Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation: Cold War Flyers – Part I

Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation Under the direction of the Australian government the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) of Australia was incorporated on October 17th, 1936 and by September 1937 a factory had been constructed at Fishermen’s Bend in Port Melbourne, Victoria to produce military aircraft and engines. Lawrence Wackett (1896-1982), the “father of the Australian aircraft industry”… Read More Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation: Cold War Flyers – Part I

2016 Tyabb Airshow – Winged and Wheeled Mustangs

The 2016 Tyabb Airshow held by the Peninsula Aero Club on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria had plenty of aerial action including a Commonwealth Aircraft Factory (CAC) CA-18 Mustang fighter (the Australian built variant of the North American P-51D Mustang). Other Mustangs were also present including aircraft and cars. CAC Mustang The flying CAC Mustang is owned… Read More 2016 Tyabb Airshow – Winged and Wheeled Mustangs

2016 Tyabb Airshow – Winged Warriors

This years Tyabb Airshow at the Peninsula Aero Club on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria was my first show at Tyabb for many years. I always enjoy going down there as it is a key warbird hub in Australia and that tradition continues. This show has always had a particularly heavy focus on warbirds and this was one not to miss (even though the cloud cover… Read More 2016 Tyabb Airshow – Winged Warriors

A Brief History of the Royal Australian Air Force: World War Two – 1939 to 1945

2014 marks the centenary of military aviation in Australia. To commemorate this I am writing a five-part series on the key stages of the RAAF: The Early Years – 1914 to 1939 (World War One and the interwar years), World War Two: 1939 to 1945, the Cold War begins and the Korean War: 1945 to 1953, South East Asian Conflicts –… Read More A Brief History of the Royal Australian Air Force: World War Two – 1939 to 1945