Australian Military Aviation Posts

Lockheed Hercules [A97]

Lockheed Hercules [A97]

Since late 1954, the Lockheed C-130 Hercules has been an iconic workhorse for many air forces around the world and probably the most recognised military transport aircraft of the 20th Century. It has served the RAAF for over six decades and number 37 Squadron continue...

TSR2: the British F-111

TSR2: the British F-111

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3x0VpEyh2Us TSR2: the British F-111 From the early 1950s, there was a fixation by military establishments, in both the East and West, for supersonic bombers. Missile technology was still in its infancy, and the pointy end of a strike...

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...