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'Warbirds' the video

VideoPosted by Peter Smith Mon, November 12, 2018 00:15:25

Taken a little while to find the time to process but here is some video footage of the Warbirds show at Temora last month.

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Latest Mossie

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sun, November 11, 2018 15:46:18

This is Mosquito PZ474 nearing completion at Ardmore NZ and looking pretty smart. It will be rolled out for public display next weekend and will ultimately become the third air worthy Mossie before going to its owner in Texas. Fingers crossed for the next one which should come to the UK smiley

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Lest We Forget

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Fri, November 02, 2018 09:45:29

Seems an appropriate moment to put this up. The Australian War Memorial currently has a poppy display to mark the centenary of the end of WW1. There are 62,000 hand knitted poppies to mark their war dead from the conflict. It wasn't something I was aware of until we turned up on our first evening in Canberra. Very moving.

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RAAF Bomber Command Memorial

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Thu, November 01, 2018 18:15:31

In the grounds of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, are several individual memorials including this dedicated to Bomber Command aircrews, in the form of a stylised searchlight.

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Typhoon Closer to Flight

AviationPosted by Marcus Wed, October 31, 2018 17:05:04

Noticed the other day that Hawker Typhoon RB396 Restoration changed their FB page to Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group.

Now I know why – looks like ARC has their backing

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ARDU anniversary

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Mon, October 29, 2018 18:15:34

The RAAF’s Aircraft Research & Development Unit is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a series of events. The other day it undertook a commemorative flight over NSW with a F-18, Pilatus PC-9 and a DC-3. The Pilatus is the same type of aircraft operated by the RAAF Roulettes who we saw at Warbirds Down Under. The DC-3 belongs to HARS and I caught it undergoing maintenance earlier this month.

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Oil, what oil?

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sun, October 28, 2018 17:30:24

The HARS based P-51 seemed to have an issue with an oil leak on the Sunday at Temora, the solution to which appeared to be a dirty rag! After said treatment it performed a couple more times during the day with oil less in evidence - perhaps it was getting empty!

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Hampden progress

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sat, October 27, 2018 18:07:05

The restoration team at Cosford have made good progress on the Hampden project over the last year and the fuselage is now whole again, which is great to see. The cockpit area is looking good too.

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RAAF Museum Point Cook

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sat, October 27, 2018 17:43:50

For a moment I wasn't sure if we would get in to this museum. As it is within an active base there is security on the gate and I had to produce my driving licence. "what's this?" the guy said when I produced my old fashioned licence issued in 1985. Anyway after a slight delay he grudgingly - it seemed - allowed us in. Point Cook base is apparently the oldest continually active military airfield in the world and has been home to the museum since 1952 although it only opened to the public in 1972. It's a free to enter affair although there is some maintenance work underway at present meaning that one hangar and the restoration workshop were off limits. There's some nice exhibits of which I thought the Douglas Boston was the 'star'. The Spit outside is a replica btw.

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Yellow anyone?

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Fri, October 26, 2018 18:25:42

Across the road from the museum at Moorabbin was a flying school. I think Buzby painted their airplanes!

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SNJ Crash

VideoPosted by Peter Smith Wed, October 24, 2018 17:54:29

This SNJ-5 had to force land on a highway in California yesterday after engine failure. Must have been a bit of a surprise to see that in your mirrors! Thankfully the pilot escaped OK but the plane was destroyed after hitting the central barrier and catching fire.

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Australian National Aviation Museum

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Tue, October 23, 2018 18:19:54

This museum is located on the edge of Moorabbin airport a little outside of Melbourne. It dates back to 1965. Part of the collection is outside and included some firsts for me such as the Bristol Freighter and DC2 which is currently under restoration. There are also a coupe of hangars one of which houses the star of the collection - a Bristol Beaughfighter. This started the museum when it was recovered form a children's playground in the early 60s. Space is at something of a premium it would appear and there are several exhibits in store, including the Avro Lincoln formerly at Southend and then with Charles Church as a spares aircraft for his Lancaster project. Anyway, here are some shots of what I saw.

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RAAF Base Fairbairn/Canberra

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Mon, October 22, 2018 23:45:09

Although effectively side by side the RAAF base and Canberra airport are separate entities. The base was active from 1940 to 2007 after which the airport acquired much of the land. However Fairbairn is still in use by 34 squadron which handles RAAF VIP Transport. The base hangar, air traffic control tower, runways etc are all viewable from Mount Ainslee.

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Robinson R44

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sun, October 21, 2018 23:55:35

There's an R44 that is often flying locally from its Manston base but I spotted this float equipped example at Geelong. Used for surveys and pleasure flights.

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Time travel!

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sun, October 21, 2018 18:27:28

So, snapped this from my seat 10.00 p.m. Melbourne last night, 12,000 miles later and back at Gatwick just after midday today! Obviously a 10 hour time difference has played a part but foreign travels over but still a lot of pictures to sort through so more posts from down under to come.

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