Equipment - Aircraft in Action

A-10 Warthog

B-17 Flying Fortress in action. B-17 Flying Fortress in action. B-17 Flying Fortress in action. B-17 Flying Fortress in action. B-17 Flying Fortress in action.

B-17 Flying Fortress

B-1B Lancer in action.

B-1B Lancer

B-24 Mitchell in action. Over 18,000 of this type were built during World War 2 - only 1 remains flying today. B-24 Mitchell in action. Over 18,000 of this type were built during World War 2 - only 1 remains flying today. B-24 Mitchell in action. Over 18,000 of this type were built during World War 2 - only 1 remains flying today. B-24 Mitchell in action. Over 18,000 of this type were built during World War 2 - only 1 remains flying today. B-24 Mitchell in action. Over 18,000 of this type were built during World War 2 - only 1 remains flying today.

B-24 Mitchell

B-52 Stratofortress

B-58 Hustler

BAe Hawk

Boeing Stearman - Chino reported - even a hammerhead... it gets awwwfully quiet when the wind stops just before the pilot kicked right rudder to drop the nose straight down... Boeing Stearman - Chino reported - even a hammerhead... it gets awwwfully quiet when the wind stops just before the pilot kicked right rudder to drop the nose straight down...

Boeing Stearman

Chino reported - "... even a hammerhead... it gets awwwfully quiet when the wind stops just before the pilot kicked right rudder to drop the nose straight down..."

C-5 Galaxy - One of the world's largest aircraft, the C-5 provides a strategic airlift capability. Using the front and rear cargo openings, the Galaxy can be loaded and off-loaded at the same time.

C-5 Galaxy

C-5 Galaxy - One of the world's largest aircraft, the C-5 provides a strategic airlift capability. Using the front and rear cargo openings, the Galaxy can be loaded and off-loaded at the same time.

DC-3, C-47 flight: FSX launch, Sydney, October 2006

Cessna Dragonfly

Chinese Chin Transport

Dassault


Mirage IV in Air Power: The Cold War (2000)

Read about Dassaultaircraft in action and in sims here - Dassault


DC-3, C-47 flight: FSX launch, Sydney, October 2006

English Electric Lightning - In the 1950's the Lightning was about the fastest thing with 2 wings and set many speed and performance records. Unusual design features included the vertically stacked engines and overwing fuel tank mounts... yes, you read correctly.... OVERWING ! English Electric Lightning - In the 1950's the Lightning was about the fastest thing with 2 wings and set many speed and performance records. Unusual design features included the vertically stacked engines and overwing fuel tank mounts... yes, you read correctly.... OVERWING ! English Electric Lightning - In the 1950's the Lightning was about the fastest thing with 2 wings and set many speed and performance records. Unusual design features included the vertically stacked engines and overwing fuel tank mounts... yes, you read correctly.... OVERWING ! English Electric Lightning - In the 1950's the Lightning was about the fastest thing with 2 wings and set many speed and performance records. Unusual design features included the vertically stacked engines and overwing fuel tank mounts... yes, you read correctly.... OVERWING !

English Electric Lightning

In the 1950's the Lightning was about the fastest thing with 2 wings and set many speed and performance records. Unusual design features included the vertically stacked engines and overwing fuel tank mounts... yes, you read correctly.... OVERWING !

Eurofighter Typhoon - There are not too many aircraft that can pull a loop in dry power from level flight... add the HOTAS, Direct Voice Input and a Helmet Mounted Symbology System and you have one of the most formidable high-tech fighters of the 21st century. Eurofighter Typhoon - Cockpit Eurofighter Typhoon - Cockpit

Eurofighter Typhoon

There are not too many aircraft that can pull a loop in dry power from level flight... add the HOTAS, Direct Voice Input and a Helmet Mounted Symbology System and you have one of the most formidable high-tech fighters of the 21st century.

F-104 Starfighter - the manned missile ! F-104 Starfighter - the manned missile ! F-104 Starfighter - the manned missile ! F-104 Starfighter - the manned missile ! F-104 Starfighter - the manned missile !

Giorgio flew the F-104 in the Italian Air Force starting in 1966 and accumulating almost 2000 hrs on the G and S models. Exemplifying high - tech 1950's design, this sleek machine, the epitome of the manned missile is still in service half a century later.

Here are some images from his personal collection F-104 Starfighter ... the manned missile !


The F-111 Aardvark is still in service in Australia and is the fastest low level bomber ever built. The F-111 Aardvark is still in service in Australia and is the fastest low level bomber ever built. The F-111 Aardvark is still in service in Australia and is the fastest low level bomber ever built. The F-111 Aardvark is still in service in Australia and is the fastest low level bomber ever built. The F-111 Aardvark is still in service in Australia and is the fastest low level bomber ever built.
The F-111 Aardvark is still in service in Australia and is the fastest low level bomber ever built. The F-111 Aardvark is still in service in Australia and is the fastest low level bomber ever built. The F-111 Aardvark is still in service in Australia and is the fastest low level bomber ever built. The F-111 Aardvark is still in service in Australia and is the fastest low level bomber ever built.

F-111 Aardvark
RAAF base Amberley - Home of the F-111's



AUSSIE HUMOUR...

Sydney Olympics 2000- Most news reports at the time attributed the flame to the F-111 "afterburner". However I found one reporter who had dug a bit deeper and got an explanation of how 'dump and burn' works. After a few paragraphs the reporter got carried away and, probably encouraged by the (RAAF ?) wag supplying the info, concluded with the statement :

"The F-111 is the only aircraft flying with "dump and burn technology"

The F-111 streaks seaward trailing a fiery tail
Picture: David Grey/Reuters.

The real story -

The F-111 streaks seaward trailing a fiery tail of a fuel dump occuring while the afterburner (reheat) is engaged. This was probably done the first time as a result of pilot error. When the aircraft didn't explode, and after reports from ground observers or another pilot, the technique was worked into RAAF air displays.

Over the years people have suggested it was a method of decoying Infra Red guided AA Missiles - but as an F-111 navigator put to me - "The last thing you want when evading a missile is 100 feet of flame coming out your rear!"

>>> movie of the F-111 dump and burn
>>> F-111 Aardvark

F-117A Nighthawk Stealth Fighter

The F-15 Eagle was conceived as a counter to the Soviet MiG-25 Foxbat. In terms of air - to  - air victories it is the most successful jet fighter built. The F-15 Eagle was conceived as a counter to the Soviet MiG-25 Foxbat. In terms of air - to  - air victories it is the most successful jet fighter built.

F-15 Eagle

The F-15 Eagle was conceived as a counter to the Soviet MiG-25 Foxbat. In terms of air - to - air victories it is the most successful jet fighter built.



F-16 Falcon

F-22 Lightning - 100 % control of the skies for 1 % of the defense budget. Or so the advertising claims... F-22 Lightning - 100 % control of the skies for 1 % of the defense budget. Or so the advertising claims...

F-22 Lightning

F-22 Lightning - 100 % control of the skies for 1 % of the defense budget. Or so the advertising claims...

F-4 Phantom II

F-8 Crusader - US Navy Fighter

F-8 Crusader

F-86 Sabre Jet



F/A-18 Hornet was developed as a replacement for the F-4 Phantom, the A-6 Intruder and the A-7 Corsair. The first two of those aircraft were two-seaters and the single seat F/A-18 used a 'glass cockpit' concept to enable a single pilot to fulfil the same mission roles. F/A-18 Hornet was developed as a replacement for the F-4 Phantom, the A-6 Intruder and the A-7 Corsair. The first two of those aircraft were two-seaters and the single seat F/A-18 used a 'glass cockpit' concept to enable a single pilot to fulfil the same mission roles. F/A-18 Hornet was developed as a replacement for the F-4 Phantom, the A-6 Intruder and the A-7 Corsair. The first two of those aircraft were two-seaters and the single seat F/A-18 used a 'glass cockpit' concept to enable a single pilot to fulfil the same mission roles.

F/A-18 Hornet

F/A-18 Hornet was developed as a replacement for the F-4 Phantom, the A-6 Intruder and the A-7 Corsair. The first two of those aircraft were two-seaters and the single seat F/A-18 used a 'glass cockpit' concept to enable a single pilot to fulfil the same mission roles.



FockeWulf-190

IL-28 Beagle IL-28 Beagle

IL-28 Beagle

Marchetti F-260

MiG-15 from DCS (2016)
MiG-15

Comments: The MiG-15 was fitted with a copy of a Rolls Royce engine and it gave Western nations a nasty start in the skies over Korea, 1951.



MiG-17.

MiG-17

MiG-19.

MiG-19

The MiG-21 is probably the most widely used jet fighter. The MiG-21 is probably the most widely used jet fighter. The MiG-21 is probably the most widely used jet fighter. The MiG-21 is probably the most widely used jet fighter. The MiG-21 is probably the most widely used jet fighter.

MiG-21

The MiG-21 is probably the most widely used jet fighter.



The MiG-28 appeared on-screen in the movie Top Gun. T-38 Talons were sprayed with black paint to create a fictitious MiG.

MiG-28

The MiG-28 appeared on-screen in the movie Top Gun. T-38 Talons were sprayed with black paint to create a fictitious MiG.

MiG-29 Fulcrum in Flanker 2.5

MiG-29 Fulcrum

Su27 2.5

MiG-29 Fulcrum

The first time the west good a good look at the MiG-29 Soviet "Superfighter" was at the Paris Airshow in 1989. The first I knew of it was in the sim - MiG-29 Fulcrum by Domark (1990).

Rob "Bomber" Henderson was at RAF Fairford in 1993 when 2 MiG-29's collided during an airshow. Read his dramatic account here : MiG-29 Fulcrum crash at RAF Fairford UK - 1993



Mirage III

Mosquito

P-47

P-51 Mustang. P-51 Mustang. P-51 Mustang. P-51 Mustang.

P-51 Mustang

Piper Cherokee



Spitfire

Su-17 Fitter

Su-32

T-6 Texan


Flying T-6 Texans in Germany, 2006



Thunderbirds Thunderbirds

Thunderbirds
They have been F.A.B. since the 1960's. In this

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Wright Flyer - a 15 second flight which started it all.

Wright Flyer - a 15 second flight by a bicycle mechanic which started a new era in human history.



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