Restoring an Avro Anson and a Wirraway Comes Home – 2018 Update Part II

The Fantastic Progress of the Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre Regular readers will know that since 2012 I have been following the progress of the grass-roots, community based restoration of a former Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Avro Anson Mk.I (Serial Number W2364, built in 1941) at the Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre (NAHC) in the small… Read More Restoring an Avro Anson and a Wirraway Comes Home – 2018 Update Part II

Australian War Memorial: CAC Wirraway – The Unlikely “Zero Killer”

The Aircraft Hall was one of the original display halls in the Australian War Memorial when it opened in 1941. Dark and somewhat crowded, it contains some absolute aviation treasures from Australia’s involvement in World War Two and the Korean War, including one very historic RAAF CAC CA-5 Wirraway Mk.II advanced trainer/utility aircraft. The main theme of the… Read More Australian War Memorial: CAC Wirraway – The Unlikely “Zero Killer”

Wings Over Illawarra 2017: Historical Aircraft Restoration Society Showcase

The Saturday flying displays on May 6th, 2017 provided plenty of action during Wings Over Illawarra 2017 at Illawarra Regional Airport in NSW and the former RAAF de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou (No. 38 Squadron – A4-210) Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) transport and Lockheed P2V-7 Neptune (No. 10 Sqn – A89-273) maritime patrol aircraft of the Historical… Read More Wings Over Illawarra 2017: Historical Aircraft Restoration Society Showcase

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

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