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The Avro Ashton fleet was clearly «built for purpose», the aircraft performing every single test or trial with minimum fuss and excellent reliability. At least one complete Ashton deserved to have been displayed along with the many other research aircraft that grace the RAF Museum at Cosford today.
Five Ashtons were withdrawn from use between 1959 and mid-1962, beginning with the prototype WB490, which was allocated for cabin pressure test duties at Woodford on September 9, 1959. This short-lived secondary duty came to end on December 21, 1959, when the aircraft was sold to the specialist aircraft scrap company R.J.
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THE ORIGINS OF THE Commonwealth [Aircraft Corporation CA-25 Winjeel (a title adopted from the Aboriginal language meaning «Young Eagle’) can be traced back to 1948. In that year the RAAF released to Australia’s aeronautical industries, a document that outlined the specifications pertaining to the design and construction of a fixed-wing aircraft for use in the basic training role. This aircraft was planned to replace the long serving DH.82 Tiger Moth and CA-16 Wirraway.
Australia’s Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) responded with a design that would provide ab initio student pilots with a basic training platform to furnish them with the skills
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Force may have only had five squadrons equipped with Beaufighters in the Pacific Theatre, they punched well above their weight. Crews had three years of intensive low-level operations over land and sea, hitting the enemy hard; but often at the cost of men and aircraft lost. Combat in the Pacific was a war of grinding attrition.
The two most active RAAF Beaufighter units were 30 and 31 Squadrons, both of which were war-raised. No.30 was formed at Richmond, New South Wales, on March 9, 1942 and five months later 31 was created at Wagga Wagga, NSW.
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In the second of an occasional new series detailing developments at important aviation heritage airﬁelds
Richard Paver visits
North Weald Airfield, which is owned and run by Epping Forest
District Council, is one of the most historically important aerodromes in the country. It was a major operational airfield during the Battle of Britain and remained an RAF station up until its closure in 1964. It also had a long association with the Royal Norwegian Air Force which based its 331 and 332 Squadrons here during World War Two.
Today, the airfield is still very active and with the
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World War II was a singular happening in the world’s history and, although it is fading in history’s stream, its men and machines live on in film and pixels.
Captains Obie O’Brien and Bud Anderson listen to Don Bochkay describe his latest aerial encounter. All three were aces and belonged to the 363rd FS, 357th FG. During WW II, the public relations machine worked overtime putting photos like this in papers across the U.S. to aid in bond drives. Today they are invaluable historical documents. O’Brien finished the War with seven victories, Anderson 16.25 and Bochkay 13.83.
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Regrettably, with an the diplomatic efforts exhausted, NATO finally took military action against Yugoslavia (see Fragile Peace in Kosovo, April, p4) on Wednesday, March 24. US Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke made a last-ditch attempt to secure peace when he met with Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic in Belgrade on March 22, but an agreement could not be reached and two days later the NATO air raids commenced.
NATO has amassed a huge armada of aircraft in Italy. Many of them were initially grouped there as part of Operation Deliberate Forge in support of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1199 (passed on
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IN THE aftermath of the Kosovo conflict, many military airshow organisers are facing problems due to personnel shortages and operational commitments. Fortunately for RAF Waddington and the airshow public, the Lincolnshire airfield was spared and the show went ahead as planned over the weekend of June 26/27.
For a change it was blessed with superb weather — well, for at least 50% of the weekend — with the Saturday offering almost perfect conditions. The event also succeeded in attracting some very interesting aircraft, despite many units still winding down from operations over Yugoslavia. Participants from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany,
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Kees van der Mark reports on the annual Royal Netherlands Air Force Open Days.
THIS YEAR’S Royal Netherlands Air Force Open Days were held at Volkel air base, one of the three current Dutch F-16 bases, on June 18 and 19. Two operational squadrons (311 and 312 Sqns) and a training unit (306 Sqn) all operate the Mid Life Update version of this versatile aircraft at Volkel.
Some enthusiasts at Volkel could be heard complaining about the lack of interesting aircraft on view. With aircraft such as Turkish NF-5s, Singaporean A-4s and Slovenian PC-9s having visited in recent
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Sunday, 15 September 1940 saw the climax of the Battle of Britain when the Luftwaffe launched a massive series of attacks against London, flying over 1,000 sorties. Although the RAF claimed to have shot down 183 enemy aircraft, German losses numbered fifty-six bombers and fighters, albeit many enemy machines returned to Occupied Europe badly damaged. Chris Goss tells the story about two German bombers which only just made it back.
On Saturday, 14 September 1940, Gruppe I and Gruppe II of Kampfgeschwader 76 (KG 76) had a much needed day off from their assault upon the United Kingdom. This was
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SINCE THE merger in 1993 of US Navy Air Test and Evaluation Squadrons 4 (VX-4) Evaluators and 5 (VX-5) ‘Vampires’ to form Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 9 (VX-9) ‘Vampires’, based at NAWS China Lake, California, the squadron has maintained a permanent F-14 Tomcat detachment at NAS Point Mugu, California. Under the direction of the Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force (COMOPTEVFOR), the VX-9 F-14 detachment has supported US Navy fleet operation of the F-14 Tomcat. Underlying its key role of operational test and fleet support, VX-9 also had a reporting line to the Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific, who
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