Series 3 RAAF Aircraft

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:...

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...

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...

The Mirage III [A3]

The Mirage III [A3]

 A brief overview of the French Mirage III, developed in the 1950 and used by the RAAF for many years. Includes footage of three different Mirage III's, from Hunter Fighter Collection, Fighter World, and HARS. On the 1st of April 1974, FLTLT Lindsay Boyd ejected from...

Evolution of the Chinook

Evolution of the Chinook

The Chinook is one of the most iconic aircraft ever produced, yet even now it remains a valuable asset on the field. In this video we look at the history of the Chinook, from it's first prototype to the latest proposed upgrade. In 1943, Frank Piasecki and Harold...

General Dynamics F-111 [A8]

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...

Bell UH-1 Iroquois [A2]

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...

12SQN Chinook Discussion

12SQN Chinook Discussion

Special Thanks to Army Flying Museum at Oakey Note: In part 2, regards the Caribou life out of Telefomin in PNG - the Chinook was captained by SQNLD Ted Bach and co-pilot was Darryl Willcocks. They lifted to Wewak with 2 fuel stops en-route to MAUW with a max speed of...

Sikorsky S-70 Black Hawk [A25]

Sikorsky S-70 Black Hawk [A25]

The Sikorsky S-70 is an American medium transport/utility helicopter family manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft. It was developed for the United States Army in the 1970s, winning a competition to be designated the UH-60 Black Hawk and spawning a large family in U.S....

Boeing CH-47 Chinook [A15]

Boeing CH-47 Chinook [A15]

The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is an American twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopter. Its primary roles are troop movement, artillery placement and battlefield resupply. It has a wide loading ramp at the rear of the fuselage and three external-cargo hooks. With a...