Taking Flight: Lores Bonney’s Extraordinary Flying Career

Author, Kristen Alexander and her new book, 'Taking Flight: Lores Bonney's Extraordinary Flying Career'

Author, Kristen Alexander and her new book, ‘Taking Flight: Lores Bonney’s Extraordinary Flying Career’

Canberra based author, Kristen Alexander recently dropped by to show us her new book which has taken a lot of research and one that she has been trying to finish around the release of other work for the last couple of years. Continue reading

Getting to know the Vulcan

Vulcan XH558

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

The latest in Unmanned Aerial Systems from Lockheed Martin

The Indago UAS. Photo via www.lockheedmartin.com

The Indago UAS. Photo via www.lockheedmartin.com

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

Countdown to Avalon – 10 Days to Go.

Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be showing you a few of my favourite photographs from the Australian International Airshows of the past. Continue reading

Aircraft Flies Again in Unbroken

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

Australian Bomber Pilot Still Flying

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

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

Ghost tour with Aviation twist!!

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

THE EX-CAC FLIGHT TEST ENGINEER TURNED ARCHIVIST

Denis Baker fondly remembers his time working at the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) at Fisherman’s Bend in Victoria.

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