The Survivors: World War One’s Iconic Sopwith Camel

SOPWITH CAMEL Designed by Thomas Sopwith himself, of the Sopwith Aviation Company as a further development of the Sopwith Pup, the iconic British Sopwith Camel biplane was the most successful Allied scout fighter of World War One and became the steed of many Allied air aces. Introduced to the Western Front in 1917, the Sopwith… Read More The Survivors: World War One’s Iconic Sopwith Camel

Australian International Airshow 2017 – International Military Visitors

In addition to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) assets the Avalon Australian International Airshow 2017 also included international military flying displays from the USAF and RNZAF. The USAF solo handling displays were performed admirably in a General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon (aka “Viper”) multi-role fighter and the always impressive Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor air dominance fighter… Read More Australian International Airshow 2017 – International Military Visitors

Planes of Fame Airshow 2015: RCAF CF-18 Demo Team

The 2015 Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CF-18 Demonstration Team (McDonnell Douglas CF-18A Hornet – jet 761 for this year) is painted in a special livery as a commemoration to the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain in the summer of 1940. This livery is like RAF and Commonwealth aircraft such as the Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane which were painted… Read More Planes of Fame Airshow 2015: RCAF CF-18 Demo Team

The Return of North American P-51D Mustang “Bunny”

On February 28th, 2015 the Palm Springs Air Museum in California publically unveiled their North American P-51D Mustang “Bunny” (44-7490) after 14 months of restoration and sporting a Tuskagee Airmen “Red Tails” scheme and new nose art of that flown in World War Two by Lieutenant Colonel Bob Friend (a patron of the museum) whilst stationed in… Read More The Return of North American P-51D Mustang “Bunny”

Charles Scherf an Australian Air Ace in his “Wooden Wonder”

“He has attacked aerodromes near Berlin, has run amok among German flying schools in supposedly safe areas, and has “floored” transport aircraft probably carrying high military personages.“ Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld) May 22nd, 1944, Page 3. CHARLES “CHARLIE” CURNOW SCHERF DSO, DFC & BAR Charlie was one of Australia’s  top 10 air aces in World War Two, with… Read More Charles Scherf an Australian Air Ace in his “Wooden Wonder”