As my aviation road trip continues, I dropped by the Friends of the Avro Anson Museum in Ballarat, Victoria in August 2018 with my nephew Nate to catch up with Alan J. Penhall to see the restoration progress on his “Faithful Annie“, a former RAAF Avro Anson Mk.I twin-engine training aircraft. I had not been… Read More Friends of the Avro Anson Air Museum – 2018 Restoration Update
The Fantastic Progress of the Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre Regular readers will know that since 2012 I have been following the progress of the grass-roots, community based restoration of a former Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Avro Anson Mk.I (Serial Number W2364, built in 1941) at the Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre (NAHC) in the small… Read More Restoring an Avro Anson and a Wirraway Comes Home – 2018 Update Part II
There is an Aussie in disguise at the Indonesian Air Force Museum (Museum Dirgantara Mandala) in Yogyakarta, Java and it wasn’t me! Within the main museum building hangar you will find a well-preserved former RAAF CAC CA-27 Sabre jet fighter in Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) markings (TS-8618, formerly RAAF A94-370). The CA-27 was a modified… Read More Indonesia’s Aussie in Disguise!
Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Curtiss P-40E-1-CU Kittyhawk “Polly“ (Serial Number A29-133) was produced in New York in the United States in December 1941 and issued to 2 Aircraft Depot in Richmond, NSW on June 8th, 1942 . It was one of almost 850 Kittyhawk’s of various models procured by the RAAF during World War Two… Read More Australian War Memorial: RAAF Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawk “Polly” – She Was No Lady!
The Aircraft Hall was one of the original display halls in the Australian War Memorial when it opened in 1941. Dark and somewhat crowded, it contains some absolute aviation treasures from Australia’s involvement in World War Two and the Korean War, including one very historic RAAF CAC CA-5 Wirraway Mk.II advanced trainer/utility aircraft. The main theme of the… Read More Australian War Memorial: CAC Wirraway – The Unlikely “Zero Killer”
Regular readers will know I have been closely following the progress of the grass-roots, community based restoration of a former Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Avro Anson Mk.I (Serial Number W2364) being completed at a rapid rate by the Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre (NAHC) in the small Wimmera town of Nhill, Victoria. Since I first… Read More Restoring an Avro Anson – 2018 Update
The main Transport Gallery of the Powerhouse Museum (Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences or MAAS) in Sydney Australia is an impressive space and the centrepiece is the Consolidated PB2B-2 Catalina “Frigate Bird II” flying boat that sits proudly suspended from the ceiling. This was a variant of the PBY-5 powered by two Pratt and Whitney R1830-92 Twin… Read More Powerhouse Museum – Catalina “Frigate Bird II” the South Pacific Adventurer