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33 Squadron, Topping Up in the Top End!

  Affair – During Exercise Pitch Black 2018 in the far northern part of Australia, Royal Australian Air force KC-30A of 33 Squadron have been conducting aerial refuelling training with participating Australian and foreign military aircraft. Aviation Spotters Online have been capturing many parts of this year’s exercise including team[…]

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[…]

Last patrol for RAAF Orion A9-757 – another preserved for the public to see.

Just after 10 am on June 23rd 2018, Royal Australian Air Force Lockheed AP-3C Orion, serial A9-757, was officially handed over to the Darwin Aviation Museum in the Northern Territory, Australia. The aquisition process has been a 2 year odyssey for the tender team at the museum, but all the[…]

Donghai Airlines – Shenzhen to Darwin, a new destination for air travellers.

Chinese carrier Donghai Airlines in partnership with Darwin International Airport, has launched its inaugural passenger service to Australia, with the arrival of  the colourful B-7100. As of Wednesday May 30th 2018, Donghai Airlines is operating it’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft on the Shenzhen – Darwin route, currently a twice weekly schedule.[…]

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[…]

Supporting the USAF 90th FS F-22 Raptor deployment to Northern Australia

Recently the announcement was made by the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, regarding the deployment of USAF F-22 Raptors from the 90th Fighter Squadron, 3rd Wing to Northern Australia. This deployment is part of the first Enhanced Air Co-operation (EAC) activity in Australia, an element of the United[…]

Australia Day fly overs around the country.

Today is Australia Day and one of the biggest days around the country to see aviation take to the skies. We think it’s a great time to look back at some of the footage we captured last year and release some other views we have for the first time to[…]

Burners over the Beach – Sunset Handling Display PB2016

What connects the Darwin’s Mindil Beach, golden sunsets over Fannie Bay and Exercise Pitch Black?……only the most anticipated military handling display of 2016 in the Top End – the Aircraft Handling Display over Mindil Beach, right on sunset, on 11th of August 2016. Having been promoted in the local media, and by[…]

Hornets Nest – Classic Hornets in the NT

Royal Australian Air Force’s F/A-18A Hornets were recently taking part in Exercise Pitch Black in the Northern Territory, Australia. I had the chance to document a couple of the RAAF’s 77 SQN Hornets as they prepared to rejoin the battle. With multiple missions running day and night over the three[…]