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

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

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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Coming Up: CanvasWings Ep 10

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.

Take a 360 tour of it below via our instagram or see more pics of the Watts Bridge Fly- In here

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.

 

 

Coming Up: CanvasWings Ep 9

Rhi and Dave in the Brisbane ABC studios.

Rhi and Dave in the Brisbane ABC studios.

Tonight:

Celebrate the 75th Birthday of Wirraway A20-10 at the Australian National Aviation Museum and find more photos of the day here.

The Wirraway's 75th Birthday Cake. (c. David White)

The Wirraway’s 75th Birthday Cake. (c. David White)

Author Kristen Alexander discusses her new book ‘Australia’s Few and the Battle of Britain’.

To listen to the full CanvasWIngs podcast, click here.

Also mentioned:

B-24 Liberator at Werribee in 2013. (c. David White)

B-24 Liberator at Werribee in 2013. (c. David White)

Celebrate the B-24 Liberator’s 70th Birthday at Werribee, near Melbourne, on Sydney September 28. Lots happening, find out more here

 

Happy Birthday to an Australian built Aircraft

The oldest surviving Wirraway in Australia recently turned 75 with a celebration bash at the Australian National Aviation Museum at Moorabbin near Melbourne. Continue reading

Australia’s Few and The Battle of Britain

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

Aviation: The Invisible Highway – Coming Soon

Aviation: The Invisible Highway is an upcoming documentary IMAX movie which is due for release in 2015.

Directed by Brian J. Terwilliger and narrated by Actor, Harrison Ford, the documentary explores how flight has changed the world.

Filmed in 18 countries and seven continents, it looks at how in a single century, flying became a reality.

With over 50,000 routes between any two points, how many of us give it another thought when we hop on an aircraft to travel somewhere?

According to the filmmaker, no CGI was used in the making of it and I’ve got to say, I’m pretty amazed at the footage.

If the trailer is anything to go by it’s beautifully shot and I hope it does make it to Australian shores.

Enjoy the trailer! (Rhi)