Thunderbirds vs Real Planes


On a grey and gloomy summers day over the Christmas break I was lucky to come across an episode of the Thunderbirds just as the countdown began “5, 4, 3, 2, 1 – Thunderbirds are Go!” As the credits started to roll an idea popped into my head: “I wonder if any real life plane … 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

Lockheed Martin F-35 – Oct’14 Contracts

Joint Strike Fighter

The Joint Strike Fighter Program and its Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II 5th Generation Fighter plane had a busy month in October 2014 with about $10 billion worth of contracts agreed. The contracts let provided an insight to the size of the Joint Strike Fighter Program, its effects on industry and employment worldwide and the … Read more

Air Show – 2014 Wings Over Illawarra


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

Joint Strike Fighter X-Plane Competition

Joint Strike Fighter X-Plane Competition

The Introduction…………….. The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II was the victor of the Joint Strike Fighter X-Plane Competition where its X-35 test plane beat Boeing’s X-32 test plane. It is important to remember the success of the X-35 given the negative issues now reported daily. Let’s take a look at how the F-35 became the preferred fighter plane … Read more

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