The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) operates eight Boeing C-17 Globemaster III large transport aircraft. Four C-17s were ordered in mid-2006 to improve the ability of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to operate outside Australia and its region. The aircraft entered service between November 2006 and January 2008, the second pair being delivered ahead of schedule.
This Supermarine Mk XVI Spitfire is an ex-wartime example, built at Vickers Armstrong’s Castle Bromwich “shadow factory”, near Birmingham, in late 1944. The aircraft’s first action was on 24 March (wearing squadron code FU-P) when, laden with two 250lb bombs and a long range belly tank, the aircraft headed a flight of four Spitfires for an armed reconnaissance; briefed to bomb rail targets in the Utrecht/Hague/Leiden area.
The CAC Wirraway (an Aboriginal word meaning "challenge") was a training and general purpose military aircraft manufactured in Australia by the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) between 1939 and 1946. It was an Australian development of the North American NA-16 training aircraft. The Wirraway has been credited as being the foundation of Australian aircraft manufacturing.
The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang is an American long-range fighter and fighter-bomber used during conflicts including World War II and the Korean War. It is widely credited as being the premier WWII fighter, which gave ultimate air superiority to the allied forces. The P-51D, labeled as the “most aerodynamically perfect pursuit plane in existence” during the war by the Truman Senate War Investigating Committee.
The F.2B, known as the Bristol Fighter was used by 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps in Palestine in 1917-18. Some of the Squadron's aircraft cooperated with Lawrence of Arabia and his force of Arab irregular fighters in operations against Turkish forces. In late 1918 the Squadron participated in ground attacks which destroyed much of a retreating Turkish army.
The group started with Lindsay Sinclair the father of eastern block aircraft introduction into Australia. This comprised a group of enthusasists that toured Australia in their Russian flying machines. Lindsay also introduced the Chinese Nanchang to the group.
Designed by Beechcraft Corporation based on the highly successful model 35 Bonanza, the T-34A entered service in the U.S. Air Force in 1954 as its new primary trainer.
The Yakovlev Yak-9 was a single-engine fighter aircraft used by the Soviet Union in World War II and after.
The Pitts Special (company designations S1 and S2) is a series of light aerobatic biplanes designed by Curtis Pitts.
The American Champion 8KCAB Decathlon and Super Decathlon are two-seat fixed conventional gear light airplanes designed for flight training and personal use and capable of sustaining aerobatic stresses between +6g and -5g.
A World War II Soviet fighter aircraft that proved to be formidable in the art of dog fighting. Its incredibly efficient and maneuverable power-to-weight ratio allows for precision close range aerial dogfights.
The all red Dr.I is undoubtedly the most famous aircraft in the world, known by aviation enthusiast and non aviation types alike.
The de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth is a 1930s biplane designed by Geoffrey de Havilland and built by the de Havilland Aircraft Company. It was operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and many other operators as a primary trainer aircraft.
The two seater was designed in the late 1960’s for primary and advanced training including firing practice. There is an estimated 2800 L-39 Albatross produced, having served in over 30 air forces around the world, being the most widely produced and safest jet trainer in the world.
A classic Soviet primary trainer aircraft which first flew in 1976, the unrivalled Yak-52 was exclusively used in military environments for unrelenting aerobatic and combat training.
In 2012 Jonker Sailplanes penetrated the Open Class market with the introduction of the 21m version of the JS1. This Jet assisted glider is one of a kind in Australia, and is sure to create some inspiration.
The North American Aviation T-28 Trojan is a piston-engined military trainer aircraft used by the United States Air Force and United States Navy beginning in the 1950s. Besides its use as a trainer, the T-28 was successfully employed as a counter-insurgency aircraft.
The Bell 47 is a single rotor single engine light helicopter manufactured by Bell Helicopter. Based on the third Bell 30 prototype, the company's first helicopter designed by Arthur M. Young, the 47 became the first helicopter certified for civilian use on 8 March 1946.
The BushCat is the third and latest generation of the Cheetah design. Designed around four principles: Simplicity, ruggedness, low cost and FUN! The original Cheetah aircraft was able to serve bush pilots in areas that other light sport aircraft just couldn’t handle.
The de Havilland DH.60 Moth is a 1920s British two-seat touring and training aircraft that was developed into a series of aircraft by the de Havilland Aircraft Company.
The North American Aviation T-6 Texan is an American single-engined advanced trainer aircraft used to train pilots of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF), United States Navy, Royal Air Force, and other air forces of the British Commonwealth during World War II and into the 1970s.
The Rihn DR-107 One Design is an American aerobatic homebuilt aircraft that was designed by Dan Rihn and first flown in 1993. The aircraft is supplied by Aircraft Spruce & Specialty of Corona, California in the form of plans and a materials kit for amateur construction.
This plane is a seamless hybrid of both the old and new. While the aircraft itself is a longstanding design, the technology enabling many essential systems has been upgraded and modernised. Stay warm and protected while the breeze shoots by, and take in the amazing views while cruising the skies.
Sling Light Sport Aircraft in Australia. (“kit-form”, as well as “ready to fly”). License required: the 2 seater Sling 2 - RPC (Recreational Pilot certificate) or RPL or PPL. The 4 seater Sling 4 - RPL (Recreational Pilot License) or PPL.
The Nieuport 24 was a French sesquiplane fighter aircraft during World War I designed by Gustave Delage as a replacement for the successful Nieuport 17.
The R44 is a single-engined helicopter with a semi-rigid two-bladed main rotor, a two-bladed tail rotor and a skid landing gear. It has an enclosed cabin with two rows of side-by-side seating for a pilot and three passengers.
The CAC CA-25 Winjeel is an Australian-designed and manufactured three-seat training aircraft. Entering service with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in 1955 as a basic to advanced trainer, it served in this role until 1975. Later, it was used in the Forward Air Control (FAC) role for target marking until 1994, after which it was retired from RAAF service.
The Pacific Aerospace Corporation CT/4 Airtrainer series is an all-metal-construction, single-engine, two-place with side-by-side seating, fully aerobatic, piston-engined, basic training aircraft manufactured in Hamilton, New Zealand.
The Genairco Biplane (also known as the Genairco Moth) was a utility biplane built in small numbers in Australia in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
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