The Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution

In October 2007 I was travelling in China and I just had to make a visit to the The Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution in Beijing. The museum displays a great collection on the history of the communist guerilla fight under Mao Zedong (December 26th, 1893 – September 9th, 1976) to take over control of China from the… Read More The Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution

A Brief History of the Royal Australian Air Force: South East Asian Conflicts – 1950 to 1972

2014 marks the centenary of military aviation in Australia. To commemorate this I am writing a six-part series of articles on the key stages of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF): The Early Years – 1914 to 1939 (World War One and the interwar years), World War Two – 1939 to 1945, The Cold War… Read More A Brief History of the Royal Australian Air Force: South East Asian Conflicts – 1950 to 1972

A Brief History of the Royal Australian Air Force: The Cold War Begins & Korea Erupts – 1945 to 1953

2014 marks the centenary of military aviation in Australia. To commemorate this I am writing a six-part series of articles 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… Read More A Brief History of the Royal Australian Air Force: The Cold War Begins & Korea Erupts – 1945 to 1953

MiG Alley Foes

The Korean War (June 25th, 1950 – July 27th, 1953) fought between the Communist North (later with their ally China along with aid from the Soviet Union) and the South supported by UN forces started out as a war where piston engined fighters such as the North American P-51D Mustang and Yakovlev Yak-9 fought in the skies… Read More MiG Alley Foes

“Enola Gay”, “Bockscar” & “Fifi” – Famous B-29’s

The Boeing B-29 Superfortress was a long-range four engine heavy bomber introduced into service in 1944 with sophisticated features including a pressurized cabin and remote-controlled gun turrets. The B-29 was used with devastating effect by the United States Army Air Force against the Japanese in the Pacific theatre of World War Two (this was the aircraft that basically ended the war in 1945 by dropping 2… Read More “Enola Gay”, “Bockscar” & “Fifi” – Famous B-29’s

The tale of the Dragonlady and her Pontiac G8

Once upon a time there was a Dragonlady who could fly very, very high, but she found it incredibly difficult to land safely…… Luckily her trusty Pontiac G8 was there to help her come back down to earth safe and sound every time. The Lockheed U-2 “Dragonlady” is a long-range high altitude (above 70,000 feet), all-weather, single engined reconnaissance spy… Read More The tale of the Dragonlady and her Pontiac G8