Planes of Fame Airshow 2015: Korean War Jet Fighters

Joining the piston engined warbirds in the Korean War (1950-1953) flying display at the Planes of Fame Airshow 2015 were a number of classic jets from that era including a Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star two-seat trainers (developed from the Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star jet fighter), a Canadian variant of the T-33 the Canadair CT-133 and a mighty North American F-86F Sabre.… Read More Planes of Fame Airshow 2015: Korean War Jet Fighters

Planes of Fame Airshow 2015: Korean War Piston Engine Aircraft

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

Planes of Fame Airshow 2015: Aerobatics II – The Warbirds

Up next from Planes of Fame Airshow 2015, some warbird aerobatics with Sea Fury Aerobatics by Sanders Aeronautics, a Grumman F7F-3P Tigercat “Here Kitty, Kitty!” from Lewis Air Legends and to finish it off, the North American AT-6/SNJ “Wardog“. It was spectacular watching the Sea Fury “Argonaut“ as this one is fitted with wingtip smoke pods that create… Read More Planes of Fame Airshow 2015: Aerobatics II – The Warbirds

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

Technological advances in RAAF Fighters: 1940’s to 1950’s

It is interesting to see the development changes in combat aircraft from the 1940’s to 1950’s. Technological advances during that period were enormous! The three aircraft in the following photos were operated by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in the 1940’s and 1950’s and you can clearly see the advancement in aircraft design in… Read More Technological advances in RAAF Fighters: 1940’s to 1950’s

“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