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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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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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RAAF Base Wagga

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Fri, October 19, 2018 22:43:54

The base opened in 1940 and was perhaps best known for being the home of 31 Squadron flying Beaufighters operationally in WWII. Since the war it has operated in a training role.

In 1995 a small heritage centre was opened at the front gate. The external aircraft are always on show and the free to enter museum is open Wednesdays and weekends. There is also a small memorial garden.

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Alberta Hurri and Mossie

AviationPosted by Marcus Thu, October 18, 2018 22:25:18

Spotted an update with the Calgary Mosquito Society. See the link below. They have a Hurricane being rebuilt just outside my city of Edmonton. Since it’s so close I better get pictures or I’ll hear the wrath of my friends across the pond. The Mossie is down at the Bomber Command Museum in southern Alberta – you may remember I posted some pictures in 2016 of their Lanc which runs.

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Vampire A79-612

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Thu, October 18, 2018 10:24:04

On the main highway through Wagga Wagga is former RAAF Vampire T35. It used to be on the main gate of the nearby airbase but in 1998 was mounted on to a pole at the side of the road, to mark the 50th anniversary of the RAAF apprentice scheme, where it has remained for twenty years. I managed to stop and take a couple of pics a few days ago.

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Warbirds Down Under 3

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Wed, October 17, 2018 09:51:41

A few pictures from the Saturday show. A I mentioned, the two days were a little different. The heritage flight with two F18s was not repeated on Saturday, instead we had one F18 with a Meteor - this is the former UK based aircraft called Winston. Saturday was the only day that we saw the Catalina, Hudson and Caribou and there were extra displays by the WWII fighters. It's worth noting the Temora is home to the only two airworthy Spitfires in Australia and the visiting Hurricane is the only example in the country. We are very spoilt in the UK!

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