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!
A real treat for aviation fans (or “aerosexuals” as my best mate says!) at the Avalon Australian International Airshow 2017 was the addition of a short but historically significant flying display by the new RAAF Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter A35-001. This aircraft piloted by Squadron Leader Andrew “Jacko” Jackson is the first… Read More Australian International Airshow 2017 – RAAF F-35A Joint Strike Fighter Avalon Debut
As military budgets continue to be tightened it is rare to see a brand new combat aircraft flying at an air show these days. Aviation Nation 2016 bucked that trend with the presence of the USAF Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Heritage Flight Team from Luke AFB. The F-35A Joint Strike Fighter officially entered USAF operational service in… Read More Aviation Nation 2016: USAF F-35A Lightning II – Welcome to the Fifth Generation
How is this for a lineup of classic combat aircraft from the Cold War through to the latest technology of today? Side by side late on the first day of Aviation Nation 2016 we have a 1960’s era design in the USAF McDonnell Douglas QF-4 Phantom II manned aerial target sitting alongside 1990’s technology in the form of US… Read More Aviation Nation 2016: Fighter Aircraft Progression from the 1960’s to Today
Those 176,000 of us who headed out to Aviation Nation 2014 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada were treated to a unique opening ceremony that gave a glimpse of the future of the US Air Force. As the last notes of the national anthem were being played two sharp-edged fifth generation fighter aircraft appeared from behind… Read More Aviation Nation 2014: US Future Force
ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE The General Dynamics F-111 never had an official name other than F-111 but was known as the “Aardvark” in US service (all aircraft were retired by 1998 including the EF-111 “Raven” an electronic warfare version), it was called “Pig” in Australia but this had nothing to do with how it performed, it was a term of… Read More RAAF General Dynamics F-111 the Flying “Pig”
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