The Avro Vulcan forst flew in 1952, and after a varied career with the Royal Air Force was in front line service until 1984, although they served as a display aircraft until 1992. Continue reading
He survived 47 days on a raft in the Pacific and spent two years in a Japanese prison camp but the life of former Olympian Louis Zamperini is currently being played out on cinema screens across Australia. Continue reading
He might be 96 but Cecil “Boz” Parsons still enjoys flying.
Born in Colac (Victoria), Boz joined the Air Force in August 1940 and up until very recently was still flying solo (he now needs to have his son in his aircraft when he goes up).
Training on Tiger Moths in Narromine before travelling to Canada where he flew Ansons in the middle of winter, 1941, Boz then found himself in England after the last heavy bombing raid on London. Continue reading
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
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.
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.
Most aviation museums probably don’t offer a tour like this but on the north east coast of England you’ll find a ‘ghost watch’ at a small but important air museum. Continue reading
Denis Baker fondly remembers his time working at the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) at Fisherman’s Bend in Victoria.
It was a battle fought entirely in the air and the defeat of the Luftwaffe by “The Few” was a turning point in World War II.
But what do we know about the Australians who were also involved in this major battle? Continue reading