Keeping Aviation History Alive in Rathmines

Catalina Flying Boats used to be a common sight anchored off Rathmines on the western side of Lake Macquarie.

By 1941, it was the largest RAAF flying boat base in the southern hemisphere, which probably explains why it’s still considered the home of the Catalina. Continue reading

CanvasWings EP 11 – Kevin Weldon and Penny Furner

Aircraft collector and enthusiast, Kevin Weldon AM has been an avid aviator for 40 years.

His publishing career began while he was serving in the navy and he’s gone on to publish many books as well as an iPad app.

Kevin discusses his unique private aircraft collection which is based at Luskintyre in the New South Wales Hunter Valley.

Photographed here at the Luskintyre Airfield (NSW) in front of the Nancy Bird Walton Memorial Tower dedicated to his late friend and aviatrix. Photo: David White

Photographed here at the Luskintyre Airfield (NSW) in front of the Nancy Bird Walton Memorial Tower dedicated to his late friend and aviatrix.
Photo: David White

What do you know about the largest WWII RAAF flying boat base in the southern hemisphere?

Well meet Penny Furner – President of the Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park Association and someone who spent her early years living at the base on the shores of Lake Macquarie in New South Wales during the 1950s.

Penny talks about why the annual Rathmines Catalina Festival is working hard to preserve the history of the base and educate the wider community about its importance. Continue reading

12 Days of Aircraft – Day 12

Yesterday you chose the single Avenger.

The last 12 Days of Aircraft is a choice between two Aussie built Americans.

12 Days of Aircraft – Day 11

Yesterday you chose the Tiger Moth.

Today, a choice between two Avengers.

12 Days of Aircraft – Day 10

Yesterday you chose the single seat Spitfire.

Today, a choice between two RAAF trainers.

12 Days of Aircraft – Day 9

It was a dead what yesterday… so the next vote wins!

Today, two Spitfires battle for your vote.

12 Days of Aircraft – Day 8

The Dakota was your favourite yesterday.

Today, a choice between two twins

12 Days of Aircraft. Day 7.

You liked Connie during the day yesterday.

Today, a choice between two radial engined aircraft.

12 Days of Aircraft. Day 6

Yesterday you liked the Corsair flying.

Today a choice of two Connies.

12 Days of Aircraft – Day 5.

The Boxkite was your choice yesterday.

Today a choice between one of the most powerful piston driven aircraft built.