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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[…]

Diamond Storm 2019 Red Air – RAAF Base Tindal

  In military training exercises there are generally two opposing sides involved – in the case of the Royal Australian Air Force’s Exercise Diamond Storm 2019 it was Blue Air and Red Air. In this year’s Diamond Storm and Air Warfare Instructors Course (AWIC) Red Air was mostly based out[…]

RAAF Base Tindal – Airside Launches during Diamond Storm 2019

The second media event arranged at RAAF Base Tindal, 350 km south of Darwin, during the Royal Air Force’s Exercise Diamond Storm, was an airside visit to capture some Red Air forces taxiing out and departing for the exercise airspace. To have this level of close access is something that[…]

USAF 194th FS F-15C Eagles – Air Superiority over the Top End

The Royal Australian Air Force’s Diamond Storm and the Air Warfare Instructor’s Course normally includes a foreign component to the exercises. This has occured for decades now and 2019 was no exception. This year the United States Air Force deployed two squadrons to RAAF Base Darwin to participate and train[…]

AWIC 2019 – Warfare training in the Royal Australian Air Force

The Air Warfare Instructor Course (AWIC) hasn’t always been in the current format we see at the latest series of Diamond Exercises – Diamond Shield, Diamond Seas and Diamond Storm, each in itself a unique phase of training where the ADF makes the best even better. The Royal Australian Air[…]

Visiting Japanese Airbases, Part 5 – JASDF Museum Hamamatsu

I make no apologies for writing and photographing as many aviation museums’ as I have here at Aviation Spotters Online. Nearly all are run and managed by passionate volunteers who wish to preserve and tell the story of aviation in relation to their country, area of operations, war zones or[…]