A Brief History of the Royal Australian Air Force: Peacekeeping and Modern Conflicts – 1973 to 2014

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 Boeing E/A-18G Growler

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

RAAF General Dynamics F-111 the flying “Pig”

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”

RAAF Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet aka the “Rhino”

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”