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2OCU family day Classic Hornet display.

The Royal Australian Air Force’s  2 Operational Conversion Unit (2OCU) put on an event for the unit’s family and friends on Friday 27th of September and, as part of this, they also put up a formation and solo handling display of their F/A-18A&B Classic Hornets. As 2OCU nears the end[…]

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.[…]

Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 – USAF McDonnell Douglas KC-10A Extender Media Flight

Exercise Talisman Sabre  is a bilateral, biennial combined major training exercise between Australia and the United States.  The aim of the exercise is to strengthen the resolve between the military services of Australia and the United States, through combined and Joint Task Force operations, resulting in improved combat readiness and[…]

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.[…]

2019 Australian International Airshow RAAF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III

  The 2019 Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition held at Avalon Airport  near Geelong in Victoria, is the 14th time the show has been held since its inception back in October 1992.  This biennial show is one of the Asia-Pacific regions most prestigious and the largest of[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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,[…]

Dawn Strike 2019, End of an Era.

As the last switch was thrown, the final engine shut down and silence finally spread across the base once again, it was time to reflect on the fact that we had just had the privilege of watching history in the making for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). In the[…]

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[…]