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
We know it’s not historical aviation, but while at the Australian International Airshow earlier in the year, Rhi got the chance to speak to Lockheed Martin’s Business Development Manager, Steve Fortson about the company’s unmanned systems and latest developments in drone technology. 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
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.
On CanvasWings this weekend from 6pm:
Warwick Henry talks about his Stinson L-5B Sentinel which saw action in WWII with the U.S Army Air Force.
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This is Warwick Henry's Stinson L-5B Sentinel. Used by USAAF, RAF WWII and USAF in Korea. Built 1944 and saw active service in India and Burma 1944-45. Bought to Australia in the 90s and rebuilt and restored to original configuration at Coolangatta in 1998. Warwick's owned it since 2010. (Rhi) ================================== #warbirds #warplane #aviation #avgeek #aircraft #airfield #airplane #aeroplane #history #wattsbridge #toogoolawah #queensland #L-5B #Stinson #military #USAF #USAAF #RAF #WWII #canvaswings #hyperlapse
And Meet Denis Baker. Former ground and flight test engineer at the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC and later Hawker de Havilland Victoria) and find out how he became the “keeper” of an important collection of documents.
Find more on one particular aircraft the CAC built here.
Celebrate the 75th Birthday of Wirraway A20-10 at the Australian National Aviation Museum and find more photos of the day here.
Author Kristen Alexander discusses her new book ‘Australia’s Few and the Battle of Britain’.
To listen to the full CanvasWIngs podcast, click here.
Celebrate the B-24 Liberator’s 70th Birthday at Werribee, near Melbourne, on Sydney September 28. Lots happening, find out more here
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