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  • QANTAS Project Sunrise aircraft Selection, Airbus A350-1000

    News for the airliner spotting community today from QANTAS’s head office, was that the airline had selected an aircraft for Project Sunrise. This is part of the airline’s plan to launch new nonstop flights from Sydney to New York and London that would be the amongst the longest flights in[…]

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  • Seoul ADEX 2019

    As some may have seen on our facebook page, I recently had the amazing opportunity to cover the Paul Bennet Airshows team’s appearances during the South Korean part of their latest overseas tour. The first show was the 2019 Aerospace & Defence Exhibition (ADEX) at Seongnam airbase in Seoul. This[…]

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  • Tocumwal 2019, Inaugural NSW regional Airshow

    The inaugural Tocumwal Airshow took to the skies for the first time on Saturday the 14th September, with a massive line-up of historical & performance aircraft taking  part in the event. With the event kicking off at 11am, the  four hours of aerial action included historic aircraft, warbirds, bi-planes, jets and aerobatics.[…]

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  • Road side Airshow, lead up to Avalon 2019

    It is an exciting time the lead up to any airshow. Especially an International one where the manufacturers line up to display their latest in aviation technology. Airlines and defence forces bring their latest and greatest to wow the crowds.  This years Australian International Airshow was of course no exception.[…]

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  • Australian Fire Season 2018/19 review

    Fire Season 2018-19 Overview Aerial Fire Fighting in Australia The 2018 fire season started a lot earlier than usual this season. With the first major fire occurring in the Southern New South Wales area of Nowra. It wasn’t long before one near Ulladulla and another in the Bega Valley burnt[…]

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  • 2 Operational Conversion Unit Hornet, visits its wartime home one last time.

    2 Operational Conversion Unit, Royal Australian Air Force Mildura Airport located approximately five hours from Melbourne has a significant wartime heritage. This weekend that history was again honoured with a visit by a Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18B ‘Classic’ Hornet. The aircraft from the 2 Operational Conversion Unit (2OCU) arrived[…]

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  • Air Vanuatu returns to Melbourne Airport

    Air Vanuatu has returned to Melbourne Airport  launching the carriers three time a week service between Port Villa and Melbourne.  Marking the return of the airlines services to Melbourne was a ceremony conducted outside gate 20 of the International terminal. Standing outside on the hardstand was the airlines Boeing 737-8SH,[…]

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  • Rathmines Catalina Festival 2019

    Sunday the 19th of May saw the Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park Association hold their 12th Rathmines Catalina Festival after a hiatus last year to allow the Association to reorganize and move the event to May, rather than the original October when it has been held previously. The festival is held[…]

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  • Visiting Japanese Airbases, Part 5 – JASDF Museum Hamamatsu

    I make no apologies for writing and photographing as many aviation museums’ as I have here at Aviation Spotters Online. Nearly all are run and managed by passionate volunteers who wish to preserve and tell the story of aviation in relation to their country, area of operations, war zones or[…]

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  • Hunter Valley Airshow 2019

    Warbirds, Jets, aerobatics, front-line military hardware, models, rag-and-tube, flaming walls of fire and explosions, stunt bikes and a balloon; the 2019 Hunter Valley Airshow had it all. The third Hunter Valley Airshow was held on the weekend of the 6th & 7th of April this year at Cessnock airport; a[…]

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  • Visiting Japanese Airbases, Part 4 – Hyakuri

    Ahh, Phantom spotting at Hyakuri. Looking down on operational F-4s taxiing by just meters away, often with a friendly wave from the aircrew as they head out to, or return from their missions, and catching their take-offs on the runway not much further away, all in beautiful morning light. It[…]

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  • Visiting Japanese Airbases, Part 3 – Naval Air Facility Atsugi

    Naval Air Facility Atsugi Location: Naval Air Facility Atsugi (厚木海軍飛行場 Atsugi Kaigun-hikōjō) is a naval air base located in the cities of Yamato and Ayase in Kanagawa Prefecture. The 1,249 acres of Naval Air Facility Atsugi is in the heart of the Kanto Plain on Honshu, the main island of[…]

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  • Australian International Airshow 2019, Military Displays

      The count down is ON … only 21 days left until the Australian International Airshow 2019 at Avalon opens to the public. Check your calendar now to make sure your there when this great show takes off on Friday March 1st, 2019. The Australian International Airshow which first commenced[…]

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  • 2OCU’s 2019 Special Hornet Scheme

    Here is a brief gallery of images of 2OCU’s 2019 Special Hornet Scheme during it’s delivery flight from RAAF Base Amberly, where it was painted, back to its home base at RAAF Base Williamtown in NSW. The aircraft is painted in distinctive colours to celebrate the unit’s final year of[…]

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  • First RAAF F-35s arrive at Williamtown.

    Yesterday (December 10th 2018) saw the official delivery of the Royal Australian Air Force’s first two Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs (also known at the Lightning II), at RAAF Base Williamtown, just north of Newcastle. While 10 aircraft have been delivered to the RAAF so far, they are currently used in the[…]

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  • Visiting Japanese Air Bases, Part 1 – JASDF Iruma

    JASDF Iruma Japan is a major military force in the region and to this day continues to design and develop it’s own indigenous aircraft to suit its operational requirements. The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (航空自衛隊 Kōkū Jieitai), JASDF, also referred to as the Japanese Air Force, is the air warfare branch[…]

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  • Newcastle V8 Supercars Flying Displays 2018

    Well the final races in the Coates Hire V8 Supercars Series were held in Newcastle last weekend over a great couple of days for Motorsport enthusiasts. For some of us though, the main attraction is not on the track but, rather, up in the sky, with a chance to see[…]

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  • Fly Corporate Air expands its Essendon Fields services.

      It was the perfect day for an inaugural flight as FC223, a Fly Corporate Saab SF340 VH-VEO touched down at approximately 08:00am on a beautiful Melbourne morning at Essendon Fields.   Fly Corporate which is a subsidiary of Corporate Air, began its air operations in 1972 providing charter and[…]

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  • Armée De L’ Air Dassault Rafale B Exercise Pitch Black 2018

      The Royal Australian Air Force has recently concluded one of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest biennial bi-lateral premier air training programs, Exercise Pitch Black 2018. Held in Australia’s Northern Territory between 27 July and 17 August, that included air assets operating from RAAF Darwin and Tindal, plus other locations such[…]

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  • Maligayang pagdating sa Melbourne, Cebu Pacific Air touches down

      Cebu Pacific Air has launched its first service to Melbourne Airport, and is the 34th International Airline to operate to the airport.  The airline first launched in March 1996 adding to the huge growth in the low fare airlines models growing around the world. Currently  Cebu Pacific flies to[…]

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  • It’s ON! Exercise Pitch Black 2018 officially opened.

    The southern hemisphere’s premier air training exercise, the Royal Australian Air Force’s Exercise Pitch Black 2018, was officially opened today by Air Commodore Michael Kitcher at RAAF Base Darwin. With him was Air Commodore Noddy Sawade – who was also present at Pitch Black 2016. AC Kitcher welcomes the media[…]

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  • Wings Over Illawarra 2018-Aerobatics

    No airshow would be complete without the thrilling spectacle of high performance aerobatics and WOI 2018 certainly didn’t disappoint, with a gathering of the very best solo and formation displays that Australia has to offer dazzling the crowds with their physics-defying gyrations and coordinated formation maneuvers.   Glenn Graham, Rebel[…]

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  • Airnorth celebrate their 40th anniversary in aviation.

    A significant milestone for Australia’s Airnorth today. The airline celebrated its 40th anniversary thus becoming the second oldest airline operating in Australia behind the National carrier QANTAS.  The airline started operations in 1978 as a charter airline flying throughout the Northern Territory. From these humble beginnings the airline introduced scheduled[…]

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  • Australian Fire Season 2017/18 Overview

    Fire Season 2017-18 Overview Aerial Fire Fighting in Australia This fire season has again brought out the importance of the fleet of Aerial Fire Fighting appliances. They work alongside the men and women on the ground operating the trucks, bulldozers and importantly the fire hoses. No sooner had the 2017[…]

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  • Wings Over Illawarra 2018 – Defence Showcase

    ADF Showcase It was the largest contingent of Australian Defence Force aircraft and helicopters at a Wings Over the Illawarra ever! The Royal Australian Air Force presented examples of the Boeing C-17A Globemaster III, Lockheed Martin C-130J, Boeing P-8 Poseidon, Alenia C-27J Spartan, McDonnell Douglas/Boeing F-18A Hornet, BAe Hawk-127 and[…]

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  • Red Thunder is going to shake the Brisbane Valley!!

    This weekends Red Thunder Air show at Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield is set to be an awesome show. Running over both Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May and just a short drive from Brisbane Between Esk and Toogoolawah in the beautiful Brisbane Valley.       Classic warbirds like the Mk.[…]

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  • Warbirds Over Scone 2018

    Our Kiwi cousins have had Warbirds Over Wanaka for many years, and now we’ve got Warbirds Over Scone (I wonder if the city council can be convinced to change their name to something beginning with ”W”?) Warbirds Over Scone was originally a popular  series of shows organized by the late[…]

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  • Yarram Centenary of Flight Airshow

    The Yarram Aero Club wanted to celebrate an important part of the districts history during World War One. What was the occasion? It was 100 years since the first operational military flight in Australia. These flights were conducted from Yarram in a FE2B aircraft out into Bass Strait looking for[…]

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  • Tyabb Airshow War and Peace 2018

    It was a hive of aerial delights and activities at Tyabb Airport South East of Melbourne on Sunday the 11th March. The Peninsula Aero Club one again held a fantastic Airshow. Some amazing aircraft were on display including some real rarities as well. The team at the Peninsula Aero Club[…]

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  • Aerobatic Aussies Abroad.

    We are about to enter “airshow season” here in Australia, with a wide range of aircraft and displays on show for aviation enthusiasts around the country. Star performers at many of these events will be the team from Paul Bennet Airshows with their routines of high performance solo and formation[…]

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  • Felix Flies Home

    In late October last year, crowds lined the waterfront at the ex-RAAF seaplane base at Rathmines, on the shores of Lake Maquarie near Newcastle, in eager anticipation of the arrival of the star attraction at the annual Rathmines Catalina Festival; the majestic black PBY-6A Catalina (registration VH-PBZ) from the Historical[…]

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  • When the Chook comes to town.

    This fire season, a return of the Boeing CH-47 Chinook has seen it working on fires in New South Wales and Victoria. The Chook returned to be operated by Helimax Aviation Inc, in conjunction with local Camden based operator United Aero Helicopters, under a non-contracted call as required arrangement. Helimax[…]

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  • Great Eastern Fly In all fired up!

    2019 update – Fly in dates 12th and 13th of Jan 2019 Great Eastern Fly In 2018 The 6th and 7th of January 2018 saw a diverse collection of aircraft gather at the Evans Head Memorial Airfield for the Great Eastern Fly In. The two day show features some classic[…]

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  • SilkAir’s Boeing 737 MAX 8 slips into Darwin

      On Sunday 7th January 2018 the Top End monsoon wasn’t enough to dampen the arrival of SilkAir’s inaugural Boeing B737 MAX 8 passenger service to Australia. The event opens a new chapter in the ongoing 6th year partnership between SilkAir – The Regional Wing of Singapore Airlines, and Darwin International[…]

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  • Melbourne Airport welcomes it’s 12th non-stop Chinese route

    Xiamen Airlines launched its inaugural service from Hangzhou to Melbourne today, thus becoming the 12th non-stop route from China.  This brings a conclusion of a very busy year of new flights and airlines at Melbourne Airport.   Xiamen Airlines’ new route is on top of routes to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou,[…]

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  • SEOUL ADEX 2017

    The very latest technology and hardware in fighter, maritime patrol, surveillance and transport airpower alongside some true classics and a couple of Aussie blokes in their diminutive biplanes wowing the crowds with their displays of formation and solo aerobatic skills. The Seoul Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX) is South Korea’s[…]

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  • Brisbane Riverfire 2017

    Sunsuper Riverfire is the closing finale for the annual Brisbane Festival. Complete with a 20 minute fireworks display along 2 stretches of the Brisbane River with fireworks shooting from barges, high-rise buildings and bridges. The event is always well supported by the Australian Defence Force and this year was no[…]

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  • Australian International Airshow 2017

    Fast Jets and Aerobatics. By Mark Jessop To be back again at the Australian International Air Show is something that is always special,this year’s show was shaping up to be the best. For me, I had never seen a F-22 display, B-1B, EA-18G, P-8, AH-64E Apache in the flesh and[…]

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  • The Red Baron Flies Again.

    The quiet grass strip at Luskintyre,in the Hunter Valley near Newcastle, NSW, had an unusual, but very welcome visitor recently, in the form of Fokker DR.1 Triplane replica, VH-FXP, operated by The Australian Vintage Aviation Society (TAVAS) in Queensland. The Triplane replica had been at Luskintyre for some work at the hands[…]

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  • Royal Thai Navy Museum U-Tapao Naval Base

    The Royal Thai Navy has established an aviation museum in recent times at one of its operating bases. The base at U-Tapao is located 140Kms Southeast of Bangkok and is home to the Royal Thai Navy First Air Wing. U-Tapao is the main flying base for the Royal Thai Navy,[…]

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  • Life’s a Beech Adventure.

    The beautiful silver twin seemed to hang motionless in the air as the day’s last light danced across its graceful, classic lines. One of the newest additions (or returns?) to Australian skies is the lovely Beech 18 VH-BHS “Miss Maple” of Chris and Haley Tibbetts from Beech Adventures, based at[…]

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  • Dry Season Thunder- a week in Exercise Diamond Storm 2017

    Over the last few weeks the tempo has ramped up to the final days of Exercise Diamond Storm 2017 which has been held in the Northern Territory. During just one week ASO was able to attend photographic and video opportunities arranged by RAAF Public Affairs Office to capture various aspects[…]

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  • Dawn Strike 2017 – Hornets Return to Their Nest

    The cold morning air was torn apart as wave after wave of aircraft roared low over the airfield in full afterburner before breaking off to land in a seemingly never ending stream. After about an hour the first waves of jets started to return back to base Last Friday morning[…]

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  • Royal New Zealand Air Force 2017 Air Tattoo

    Great weather, great performers and great New Zealand hospitality…that about sums up the Royal New Zealand Air Force 2017 Air Tattoo. This awesome event, held over the weekend of the 25th & 26th of February at RNZAF Base Ohakea, was this year’s showcase for the RNZAF. Celebrating the armed forces[…]

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  • The Dark Side of Avalon.

    The focus during the daytime sessions at the Australian International Airshow was fast moving and loud. When the sun went down for the Friday night session, it was time for the ASO team to turn their cameras to a slower shutter speed and take on some low light photography. Instead of[…]

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  • TAVAS – best WW1 aircraft collection on display.

    On the 22nd and 23rd of April 2017, just before ANZAC day, one of the rare opportunities in aviation comes about. The Australian Vintage Aviation Society (TAVAS) presents the 2017 ‘Great War Flying Display’ A tribute to the knights of the skies. This is truely a unique opportunity for Australia[…]

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  • An afternoon with the Dragon Lady.

    I’m thrown back in my seat as the driver plants his foot and we accelerate away, then I’m pushed to the side as we make a hard right (still accelerating) as the speedo passes 100 miles (yes, MILES) per hour, and I’m left trying to catch my breath and attempt[…]

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  • The USAF’s 25th Fighter Squadron. PACAF’s HOGS

    A modern, high bypass turbofan makes a pretty characteristic sound, something of a whining, buzzing noise, which is common at most civilian airports around the world. But the shapes that were emerging out of the gloom towards us down the taxiway were no long-haul giant or budget airliner, rather it[…]

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  • Corsair and Mustang Air-to-Air

    On the Friday afternoon, just before the Hunter Valley Airshow at Maitland a few weeks ago, I was given the incredible opportunity to catch two of the star attractions, Graham Hosking’s amazing F4U-5N Corsair and Judy Pay’s beautiful CAC Mustang, in the air thanks to Paul Bennet Airshows. Sadly, the[…]

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  • RAAF 2OCU 75th Anniversary F/A-18A Tail Scheme.

    2017 marks the 75th anniversary for the Royal Australian Air Force’s No. 2 Operational Conversion Unit, or 2OCU . The unit formed in April 1942 at Port Pirie, SA but relocated to RAAF Mildura, Victoria the following month. The unit provided training on all forms of aircraft during World War 2 but[…]

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  • The Roulette Experience is enough to flip your world upside down.

      Everyone starts the year with a few goals and I’m no different, but 2015 was a massive year for myself covering the Australian International Air Show at Avalon, FCI Course, Exercise Talisman Sabre, Exercise Northern Shield , Exercise High Sierra and Warbirds Downunder. So for me 2016 had to be[…]

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  • Bathurst 1000 F/A-18A Hornet displays 2016.

    Australia’s biggest car race was on again. The Bathurst 1000 attracts every car nut in Australia to the ” Mountain” (mount Panorama) but for me it’s the best and shortest drive I can do to see a Hornet display. Every year since I started going, the Royal Australian Air Force has[…]

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  • Flight of the Hurricane

    Mark Jessop Who says you can’t have a mini Air Show in 5 weeks time ? Well this is how the whole “Flight of the Hurricane” public flying day came about. Once the 1st 2 flights had been made the team at Vintage Fighter Restorations and owner John Brooks really[…]

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  • F/A-18A Hornet Onboard Video V8 Supercars Clipsal 500.

    With all of South Australia having no power due to the biggest storm in maybe 100 years there could be no better time on “Throw Back Thursday” to release some awesome video footage from the 2016 V8 Supercars Clipsal 500. The pilot is from SA and he sure does do[…]

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  • Current list of Future Air Shows and Events

    2018 Shows and Events March  11th-Tyabb Airshow-Peninsula Aero Club, Tyabb, Victoria. Website 17th-Yarrum Centenary of Flight-Yarram Aero Club, Yarram Parkside Aerodrome Victoria. Website  25th-Bengalla Warbirds Over Scone-Scone and Upper Hunter Airport, NSW-Website April 7th & 8th-Bathurst Soar, Ride & Shine-Bathurst Regional Airport, NSW-Website 14th-Parkes Aero Spectacular-Parkes Aeroclub, NSW-Facebook Page 29th-Mudgee Wings, Wheels[…]

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