Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016 – From the Battle of Britain to Pearl and Beyond

When Saturday September 3rd rolled around Paine Field, Washington was awash in misty rain and clouded over. Things didn’t look good but the weather forecast still held promise… A few hours later the sun was out and the warbirds were flying at the Vintage Aircraft Weekend hosted by the Historic Flight Foundation! A great day was had… Read More Vintage Aircraft Weekend 2016 – From the Battle of Britain to Pearl and Beyond

Australian War Memorial: The Supermarine Spitfire of Air Ace ‘Bluey’ Truscott

In the World War Two gallery of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra sits elevated above relics of Australia’s North African campaigns a classic warrior of the skies, a Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IIa fighter. The Spitfire is one of the most famous fighters of that era and had an excellent combat record flying with Allied nations in all theatres of World War… Read More Australian War Memorial: The Supermarine Spitfire of Air Ace ‘Bluey’ Truscott

2016 Tyabb Airshow – Winged Warriors

This years Tyabb Airshow at the Peninsula Aero Club on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria was my first show at Tyabb for many years. I always enjoy going down there as it is a key warbird hub in Australia and that tradition continues. This show has always had a particularly heavy focus on warbirds and this was one not to miss (even though the cloud cover… Read More 2016 Tyabb Airshow – Winged Warriors

Yugoslav Air Force Combat Aircraft: 1941 to 1952

Royal Yugoslav Air Force The original Royal Yugoslav Air Force operated from 1918 to 1941 and at the start of World War Two was equipped with a large number of modern combat aircraft from numerous nations which were purchased directly and licence-built. These included Bristol Blenheim I (61), Dornier DO-17K (69) and Savoia-Marchetti SM.79K (40) bombers and… Read More Yugoslav Air Force Combat Aircraft: 1941 to 1952

Planes of Fame Airshow 2015: WW2 European Theatre Warbirds

There is never any shortage of warbird action at the Planes of Fame Airshow and 2015 showcased many European Theatre World War Two era aircraft including a Bell P-63 Kingcobra (mostly flown by the Soviets as it was seen as inferior to the P-51 Mustang by the USAAF), the Douglas C-47 Skytrain (Dakota) venerable transport,  Lockheed… Read More Planes of Fame Airshow 2015: WW2 European Theatre Warbirds