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Visiting Japanese Air Bases, Part 2 – JASDF Hamamatsu. Airshow 2018

JASDF Hamamatsu I’ll open this report with the statement, that from 1988 through to 1992 I was a resident of Kobe Japan. I grew up watching the Shin Meiwa PS-1 and US-1A flying boat take off from Kobe harbour. It was a great sight and sound and one which I’ll[…]

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[…]

Luskintyre Christmas Party 2018

Last weekend saw some end of year celebrations at the beautiful little private airfield out at Luskintyre in the Hunter Valley, NSW. As is often the case, it was a great opportunity to see some rare and unusual types turn up for the day. Of particular interest this year was[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Spitfire Movie – Australian Release

We have a wonderful opportunity to join our Spitfire Photo Competition. Here in Australia we are about to get the release of the film Spitfire – The Feature Documentary. On November 15th Spitfire will be released across Australia. The Spitfire Photo Competition  To celebrate ASO have teamed up with the[…]

Heads UP Brisbane – Riverfire Practice

Brisbane loves the Sunsuper Riverfire and there is almost nothing better than those fabulous fireworks and that hot afterburner action up the Brisbane River. Not to mention the Roulettes, the heavy rotary wing aircraft and the C-17. Nothing tells you its almost Riverfire time than the RAAF doing practice runs[…]