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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[…]

Exercise Diamond Shield 2019

Exercise Diamond Shield is in full swing at RAAF Bases Williamtown and Amberly this week. The exercise is a part of the second biennial Air Warfare Instructor Course (AWIC), a six-month program that integrates warfighting functions across a range of specialisations within the Royal Australian Air Force and brings together[…]

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[…]

Aggressors Downunder.

If, like me, you’re a fan of the F-16 Fighting Falcon and cool colour schemes, then the recent couple of weeks at RAAF base Williamtown, just north of Newcastle, have been a spotter’s heaven with the deployment of a baker’s dozen machines from the US Air Force’s 18th Aggressor squadron from[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Exercise Diamond Shield Flying Program Update

What: Air Force’s Air Warfare Instructors will participate in Exercise Diamond Shield to finalise their training with the most challenging test of their careers. Where: RAAF Base Williamtown, NSW. When: Monday, 20 to Friday, 24 March. Flights will occur between the following times: Mondays to Thursdays: 10:00 am – 12:30[…]

Theater Security Package, The Swamp Foxes at Osan.

As mentioned in my earlier article on my visit to the 51st FW at Osan, South Korea, in September of 2016 (see HERE), the local F-16 unit, the 36th FS, were preparing to deploy for an exercise at the time, so there weren’t too many of their aircraft to be[…]