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: Peacekeeping and Modern Conflicts – 1973 to 2014
The Avalon Air Show is a bi-annual event held at Avalon Airport in Victoria, Australia. I have been to all 11 of these shows to date (1992, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013) and as it is the only major international air event in Australia it always draws big crowds and… Read More Avalon Air Show 2013
The Boeing E/A-18G Growler is the US Navy’s electronic warfare variant of the 2 seat F/A-18F Super Hornet multi-role attack fighter. Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Washington state is home to the Pacific Electronic Attack Wing operating both the Growler and the older Grumman EA-6B Prowler. When not operating from aircraft carriers the squadrons based there include the Vikings, Zappers,… Read More The Boeing E/A-18G Growler
July 4th, 2012 A US Navy Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet put on a great display at the Tacoma Freedom Fair Airshow on Independence Day. The Super Hornet is the Navy’s premium multi-role fighter operating from aircraft carriers across the fleet.
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 Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet (“Rhino“) is a twin-engined two seat multi-role fighter that is a newer more advanced and larger version of what is now known as the “Classic Hornet” the F/A-18A Hornet (Super Hornets carry a much heavier payload and have more sophisticated avionics and radar). The F/A-18F Super Hornet is also known as… Read More RAAF Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet aka the “Rhino”