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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[…]

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[…]

Alliance Airlines an attractive target for Qantas

Alliance Airlines has grown into an attractive enough target for QANTAS to drop $60m to acquire a 19.9% share of the company. QANTAS says that’s not the end of their acquisition interests in the Alliance.   Why is Alliance Airline an attractive target for Qantas? In 2015 when Alliance bought[…]

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[…]

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[…]