The Great Vintage Fly In, Caboolture

Bristol Fighter

Over the ANZAC Day long weekend (23-24th April), The Australian Vintage Aviation Society (TAVAS) hosted the first “Great Vintage Fly In” at Caboolture airfield, about 40 minutes drive north of Brisbane.

Not only did TAVAS show off three of it’d flying aircraft (Fokker Dr.1, Bristol Fighter and the newly flying Fokker D.VIII) off to the public, but a whole host of vintage aircraft turned up for the crowd to enjoy.

Here are some photographs from the event.

The Fokker D.VIII in flight.

Fokker D.VIII

Shortly after the first flight of the TAVAS operated Fokker D.VIII, I was fortunate enough to fly with and photograph the WW1 fighter from the air.

The small and camouflaged aircraft was not too hard to find as we were watching it from its take off and we soon joined up with it at around 2500 feet above Caboolture in Queensland.

Despite the differing speeds between the Fokker and the camera aircraft, we were able to get into many useful positions to photograph the fighter.

Two things I found quite interesting about the flight were the sound of the D.VIII’s original 1918 vintage engine. Loud on the ground, we could hear it in the cockpit of our aircraft even though we were flying at a distance. It’s also not an easy job to keep it in frame when maneuvering around, not least because the camera gets heavier as the G’s increase!

Here are some of the results of that flight. I hope you enjoy them and can see the aircraft around Caboolture at some point. TAVAS is hosting a fly-in the over the ANZAC Day long weekend.


Australia’s First Fokker D.VIII flies.

Fokker D.VIII

At around a quarter past four on Friday the 1st of April 2016, the first Australian based Fokker D.VIII took to the air for the first time.

Operated by Caboolture based museum The Australian Vintage Aviation Society, the aircraft flew three times on Friday and is powered by an original 1918 engine.

Here’s a few photos from the day.

Bristol F.2b Fighter finds a new home at Caboolture.

It’s an aircraft type close to Australia, and the first true “Australian” aircraft operated by TAVAS, or The Australian Vintage Aviation Society. Continue reading

The “first flight” of CanvasWings on the airwaves

Andrew Carter flying the TAVAS Fokker Dr.1 Triplane.

Andrew Carter flying the TAVAS Fokker Dr.1 Triplane.

CanvasWings has debuted on ABC Digital Radio. The program will be able to be heard every four weeks at 1805 AEST and on podcast,

This program features the Royal Australian Air Force’s Air Commodore Phil Byrne talking about the Centenary of Military Aviation airshow at Point Cook, Andrew Carter from The Australian Vintage Aviation Society about his new flying Fokker Dr.1 Triplane and the first in a series looking at the wartime life of Colin Moreton, a P-40 Kittyhawk pilot.

If you missed it live you can find it here