During a recent visit to Adelaide in South Australia I couldn’t miss revisiting the Classic Jets Fighter Museum at Parafield Airport to catch up on their restoration of a very rare Vought F4U-1 Corsair (Bu. 02270) which is one of only two early “birdcage canopy” Corsairs in existence. It was the 124th example produced by Vought. In… Read More Classic Jets Fighter Museum – Vought F4U-1 Corsair Restoration Update 2018
Today I ventured into Classic Jets Fighter Museum to see the restoration of a rare bird indeed, the oldest known surviving Vought F4U Corsair fighter from World War Two. This particular example, F4U-1 (Bu.02270) is one of only two early “birdcage canopy” Corsairs in existence and is said to be the 124th example produced by… Read More Classic Jets Fighter Museum – Vought F4U-1 Corsair Restoration
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
The warbirds just kept coming in the fantastic flying displays of the Planes of Fame Airshow 2015. Up next were military aircraft that flew during the Korean War era of 1950 to 1953 when the South Korean and United Nations forces clashed with the Communists of North Korea, China and secretly the USSR. Aircraft ranged from piston engine fighters to… Read More Planes of Fame Airshow 2015: Korean War Piston Engine Aircraft
Continuing the en masse warbird flying displays of the Planes of Fame Airshow 2015 were aircraft that flew in the Pacific Theatre of World War Two. These included a Douglas SBD Dauntless, Grumman F4F Wildcat, Grumman TBM Avenger, Imperial Japanese Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero and North American B-25 Mitchell. Former fighters of the US Navy naturally dominated the flying displays… Read More Planes of Fame Airshow 2015: WW2 Pacific Theatre Warbirds
No air show is complete without World War Two era warbirds and Aviation Nation 2014 at Nellis AFB in Nevada was no exception. Clear blue skies and a bit of history in the air. Who could ask for anything more? Not me that’s for sure! There was plenty of action from static to flying displays including… Read More Aviation Nation 2014: WW2 USAAF & US Navy Warbirds
The Vought F4U Corsair a legendary World War Two US Navy and US Marine Corps fighter was one of many stars at Aviation Nation 2014 at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. This particular example put on a great display and some speed in its passes. Great to see (and hear)! During World War Two… Read More Aviation Nation 2014: Corsair Away!