Warbirds Take to the Skies at 2016 WOI Airshow

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Warbirds were showing off at Wings Over Illawarra this year. The fighters below cover 70+ years of history from WWII to the current fight against ISIL. SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE VH-HCT (above), is the last Spitfire delivered to the RAAF in 1945. It is a Mark VIII flown by the RAAF under registration A58-758. Built in 1944 … Read more

The Gloster Meteor – Australia’s Jet Fighter at the Korean War

Gloster Meteor F.8, plane

The Gloster Meteor is a fighter aircraft used extensively by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and Royal Air Force (RAF) during the Korean War. The Meteor was first flown by the RAF in 1944 during World War Two where it was used to attack Germany’s V1 and V2 rockets. In all, close to 4000 Meteors … Read more

Air Show – 2014 Wings Over Illawarra

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The Wings Over Illawarra Air Show is an event occurring in May every year at the Illawarra Regional Airport at Albion Park Rail near Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia. The event includes an air show consisting of historic, modern, military aircraft and several aerobatics displays including one from Matt Hall, Australia’s representative in the Red Bull … Read more

Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II – An Australian View

Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II

Australia planned to start replacing its aging F/A-18A/B fighter with the new Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II in 2012. The Initial Operating Capability (IOC) of the first RAAF F-35 Squadron is delayed until 2021. What has Australia had to do to mitigate the risks associated with such a significant delay, and at what cost? I called for aviation geeks to … Read more

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