Australian Military Aviation History

History of the Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Australian Navy Aviation and the Australian Army Aviation

The Australian Military Aviation History Association Inc. is a not-for-profit association aiming to promote Australian military aviation history by way of video essays, interviews, and written material to both educate and inspire the Australian public.

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RAAF Squadrons

The History of RAAF Squadrons

Navy Aviation

The History of the Fleet Air Arm RAN
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Army Aviation

The History of Australian Army Aviation
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Australia’s First Action in the Pacific in World War II – A Valiant Catastrophe

This video essay is based on the article of the same name by Patrick Walters and can be read at the History Guild here The narrative text is reproduced from History Guild under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. The...

Auster AOP [A11]

The Taylorcraft Auster was a British military liaison and observation aircraft produced by the Taylorcraft Aeroplanes (England) Limited company during the Second World War. For the RAAF this aircraft filled the role of Air Observation Post (AOP) and 56 de Havilland...

General Dynamics F-111 [A8]

The General Dynamics F-111 "Aardvark" was a medium-range interdictor and tactical strike aircraft that also filled the roles of strategic bomber, reconnaissance, and electronic warfare in its various versions. Developed in the 1960s by General Dynamics, it first...

DAP Beaufort [A9]

The Bristol Beaufort (manufacturer designation Type 152) was a British twin-engined torpedo bomber designed by the Bristol Aeroplane Company, and developed from experience gained designing and building the earlier Blenheim light bomber. Australian Beauforts were...

DAP Beaufighter [A8]

Variants of the Bristol Type 156 Beaufighter were manufactured in Australia by the Department of Aircraft Production (DAP); such aircraft are sometimes referred to by the name DAP Beaufighter. The Australian-made DAP Beaufighter Mk.21 had Hercules XVII engines, four...

Avro Cadet [A6]

A logical development of the Avro 626 Prefect aircraft that served with the RAF and an improvement on the Avro 631 Cadet used by several other airforces, the Avro 643 Cadet II was powered by a more powerful 150 hp (110 kW) Genet Major 1A engine; had a structurally...

de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide [A3 & A33]

The de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide is a 1930s short-haul biplane airliner developed and produced by British aircraft company de Havilland. Capable of accommodating 6–8 passengers, it proved an economical and durable craft, despite its outdated plywood construction....

Bell UH-1 Iroquois [A2]

The Bell UH-1 Iroquois (unofficially Huey) is a military helicopter powered by a single, turboshaft engine, with a two-bladed main rotor and tail rotor. The helicopter was developed by Bell Helicopter to meet the United States Army's requirement for a medical...

RAAF Kittyhawk Shot Down Over Port Moresby, April 1942

Robert (Bob) Curtis talks about the day when a Japanese Zero shoots him down over Port Moresby on the 24th of April, 1942. This interview of Robert Crawford (Bob) was taken on the 14th May 2003 for the Australians At War Film Archive....

Bristol Bulldog Mk.II [A12]

The Bristol Bulldog was a British Royal Air Force single-seat biplane fighter designed during the 1920s by the Bristol Aeroplane Company. Over 400 Bulldogs were produced for the RAF and overseas customers, and it was one of the most famous aircraft used by the RAF...