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Supermarine Spitfire [A58]

Supermarine Spitfire [A58]

Supermarine's Spitfire is undoubtedly one of the iconic fighters of World War 2, and continues to garner support from warbird enthusiasts worldwide. 22 distinct major versions of the Spitfire were developed to meet the operational demands of the war – an incredible...

Aermacchi MB-326H [A7]

Aermacchi MB-326H [A7]

In the late 1950s the Aermacchi MB-326 was a new Italian produced military jet trainer which saw a production run of nearly twenty-five years. 776 of the trainers were built, 502 of them under licence, including ones for the Royal Australian Air Force. Cover photo:...

F-18 HARV

F-18 HARV

Notes: Previously in this series of videos, we have looked at two experimental offshoots of popular designs. The first - the F-15 ACTIVE - was a hyper agile, thrust vectoring variant of the F-15B, and saw great success during its testing phase. The next aircraft was...

F-16XL

F-16XL

Notes: Previously we looked at the F-15 ACTIVE, an experimental program which set out to produce a workable thrust vectoring variant of the F-15B. The success of the ACTIVE program helped pave the way for future thrust vectoring technology. Beyond the F-15 ACTIVE...

F-15 ACTIVE

F-15 ACTIVE

Notes: The F-15 is undoubtedly one of the most successful modern fighters. After several decades of service, it has scored dozens of victories, yet never been lost in combat. With an impressive combat history and plans to continue the program with improved versions,...

X-59

X-59

Notes: X-59: The New X-PLANE In 2016, Lockheed Martin was awarded a contract to develop a new X-plane, with the goal of researching low-boom supersonic flight. The result - an aircraft now referred to as the X-59 - has now been completed, and will soon begin testing....

Russian Su-27 vs Ukrainian Su-27

Russian Su-27 vs Ukrainian Su-27

  Notes: As the war in Ukraine continues, we thought it would be interesting to discuss one aspect of the airpower used by both sides. While initial air combat occurred during the opening days of the war, there hasn’t been a lot of reporting about the situation...

KF-21 Boramae

KF-21 Boramae

Notes: As allies of Australia, the new Korean aircraft, KF-21, is an important consideration, as it will likely be part of allied integration programs in the region. DEVELOPMENT For the past number of decades, the South Korean military has attempted to increase its...

F-15 ASAT Program

F-15 ASAT Program

Transcript The F15 Satellite Killer In the early 1980s, an interesting new program was proposed for the F-15. With an assumption that future warfare would involve low orbit satellites, a proposal was made to develop a set of weapons capable of being launched from...

RAAF Mirage IIIO

RAAF Mirage IIIO

  Mirage IIIO in Australian Service By the mid-1950s the RAAF started to consider a replacement for the Australian produced CAC Sabre. A joint evaluation team from the Departments of Air and Supply toured Europe and North America in 1960 to consider Australia’s...

McDonnell Douglas Hornet [A21]

McDonnell Douglas Hornet [A21]

Australia's Tactical Fighter Force project to select a replacement for the RAAF’s Mirage fighter was a significant one, not only for choosing the RAAF's main fighter for the next three decades but to develop local industry participation. The search for a Mirage...

No. 2 Operational Conversion Unit

No. 2 Operational Conversion Unit

No. 2 Operational Conversion Unit (No. 2 OCU) is a fighter training unit of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Located at RAAF Base Williamtown, New South Wales, the unit trains pilots to operate the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet, conducts refresher courses for...

On All Fronts (1942)

On All Fronts (1942)

The R.A.A.F. is inherently and peculiarly an attacking force. It has never yet been forced back on the defensive, but even in the darkest moments of the war, has gone out into the enemy strongholds to hit him. As an example of this offensive spirit, it should be...

Ubiquity (1942)

Ubiquity (1942)

THE ubiquity of the flying men of Australia is, perhaps, best exemplified in the remarkable history of one of them-Sergeant Pilot George Sayers, now back in Australia after an amazing tour of duty, which took him to five fronts and through many countries. Almost...

SR-71 Blackbirds over Vietnam

SR-71 Blackbirds over Vietnam

Following the U-2 spy plane came the development of the A-12 and SR-71 - for the CIA and USAF respectively.These aircraft would first see service over Vietnam, where their stealth tech and high performance capabilities would be pushed to their limits.   Notes:...

P3 Orion [A9]

P3 Orion [A9]

A9 Lockheed Orion in Australian Service. In 1957, Lockheed proposed a new design (based on the L188 Electra airliner) to replace the United States Navy’s ageing fleet of P2V Neptune and P5M Marlins. The proposal met all of the navy’s requirements and was accepted in...

Temora Aviation Museum Visit

Temora Aviation Museum Visit

We visit the Temora Aviation Museum to check out what they have there - hopefully we will get to one of their flying days and bring you a longer essay on all their flying warbirds!

RAAF Restoration Workshop Visit

RAAF Restoration Workshop Visit

Come with us on a tour of the restoration workshop at Amberley air base in Queensland where we learn about the restoration of an Avro Anson and a Vampire by a bunch of very talented volunteers.