Archive for: May, 2016

The TBM Avenger

The TBM Avenger was the largest single engine aircraft produced during WWII, built by the Grumman aircraft company and designed as a torpedo bomber it served with distinction particularly in the Pacific theatre. I first laid eyes on the Avenger at an air show at NAS Nowra in New South Wales and I was amazed…

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The Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros

The L-39 Albatros first appears on the scene in the late 1970s manufactured by the Czechoslovakian aircraft company Aero Vodochody. It’s design has all the hallmarks of Russian design bureau techniques. The L-39’s principal purpose is that of a lead in fighter trainer and it was used by many Eastern Bloc Countries. Interestingly the Royal…

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The Fokker Triplane Replica

During my time as a flying instructor with the RAAFs No 1 Flying Training School I was selected to fly the RAAF Museum’s Fokker Triplane replica. This came about when the Commanding Officer, Wing Commander Geoff Radbone entered the instructor’s crewroom and asked “which of you fighter guys has taildragger experience?” whereupon I put my…

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