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Nancy-Bird's 90th Birthday Party, hosted by the then Chairman Geoff Dixon. Many distinguished guests attended the party, including Australian born NASA Astronaut Andy Thomas.
Aviation Writer meeting Dr. Andy Thomas, the first Australian specifically trained as a Space Shuttle Astronaut. Dr. Scully-Power, an Oceanographer, was a Mission Specialist.
Australian Astronaut Andy Thomas (3rd from left) with the crew of Space Shuttle Discovery, Mission STS-114, the first Shuttle flight after the Challenger disaster.
Good friend Dr. Paul Scully-Power AM, DSM, the first Australian to go into Space as a Mission Specialist aboard Space Shuttle Challenger in 1984 (Mission STS-13)
First met Dick Smith AC when he became Patron, along with Nancy-Bird Walton AO, OBE, of the Australian Aviation Museum.
Aviation Writer with Colonel Robert Morgan, original Commander of B-17 "Memphis Belle". Colonel Morgan also flew 50 missions over Japan in B-29 "Dauntless Dotty".
The original Memphis Belle has been undergoing years of restoration. It will go on public display May 17th, 2018 in Dayton Ohio.
The USAF admired Colonel Morgan so much they allowed him to take the controls of a Rockwell B-1 Lancer Bomber !
Robert Henry Maxwell (Bobby) Gibbes, DSO, DFC and Bar, OAM (6 May 1916 – 11 April 2007) was a leading Australian fighter ace of World War II, and the longest-serving wartime Commanding Officer of No. 3 Squadron RAAF. He was officially credited with a total of 10¼ victories, though other estimates ga...
This Spitfire in the Temora Collection is painted in the livery of Bobby Gibbes WWII aircraft, featuring the "Sharks Teeth" nose !
Group Captain Brian "Black Jack" Walker DSO, (right) WWII Commanding Officer of 30 Squadron RAAF and later Chief Test Pilot for de Havilland Aircraft at Bankstown. Standing with Black Jack is former Royal Aero Club Instructor Sammy Dodd. On the 18th of April, 1950 Black Jack landed a Vampire Jet on...
Black Jack Walker signing copies of his book "Lion Over Korea". I remember this book signing well. After being introduced to the audience, Black Jack stood up and said "I suppose you all want to know what's in my book". He hesitated for a moment and announced "Then buy a bloody copy" and sat down....
Jack Curtis began his flying career with the Royal Australian Air Force during World War Two, flying a range of aircraft types, including Kittyhawk fighters with 450 Squadron. After the war, he joined Trans Australia Airlines and served throughout Australia and New Guinea. While with TAA , Jack...
Dakota National Air (DNA) had at one time 7 DC3/Dakota aircraft on Bankstown Airport, based at the Australian Aviation Museum for Charter Flights over Sydney and return flights to Temora.
The skies above southern Britain echoed recently to the sound of massed Spitfires and Hurricanes as the iconic aircraft took to the skies over south-east England to commemorate 75 years since the heaviest day of fighting during the Battle of Britain. The Twin Seat Spitfire of Australian Carolyn Grac...
World War II Air Transport Auxiliary pilot Mary Ellis with one of the Spitfire planes which featured in the flypast. ATA Pilots flew a wide variety of aircraft during WWII, often delivering Spitfires in the morning and Lancasters in the afternoon !
This photo was taken at the 2015 Anzac Day Luncheon for the Spitfire Association. All are former Spitfire Pilots. On the extreme left is Nat Gould, who fought in 6 theatres of war during WWII, including Russia. Nat flew for both the Navy and Air Force.
The first restored Blenheim crash occurred when an overzealous Air Force Pilot tried to land on a runway far too short for the Blenheim. He was showing off to former Blenheim crew on the ground, and was only scheduled to do a low pass over the strip. The aircraft crashed, fortunately with no loss o...
The third "destruction" of Bristol Blenheim Mk.I L6739, G-BPIV occurred during a landing accident at Duxford. John Romain, who is now an accomplished Pilot and Warbirds Flight Instructor (including Spitfires), must have been feeling a mixture of apprehension and relief when the aircraft once again t...
Aviation Writer with Brigadier General Paul Tibbets, Commander of B-29 Enola Gay, the aircraft responsible for dropping the Atom Bomb on Hiroshima during WWII on the 6th of August, 1945.
B-29 "Enola Gay", the aircraft famous for dropping an Atom Bomb on Hiroshima, with Command Pilot Brigadier General Paul Tibbets
The world's only fully operational B-29 "Fifi", pride and joy of the Commemorative Air Force based in Midland, Texas. Aviation Writer is the CAF Australian Wing Leader
Brigadier General David "Tex" Hill, Flight Commander of General Claire Chennault's famous "Flying Tigers" with Aviation Writer at CAF HQ in Midland, Texas
This collection of Aviation and Business related photographs and stories comes from travel all over the world, and involvement with the Australian Warbirds Association, Australian Aviation Museum, Australian National Maritime Museum, Commemorative Air Force (USA), Australian Spitfire Association, Imperial War Museum Duxford, The Fighter Collection Duxford and Fantasy of Flight Florida, going back over many years.
*Click on the photos below for the full story behind each one
It has been my privilege and pleasure to meet a number of well known Aviators in my travels, including Nancy Bird Walton AO, OBE • Dick Smith AO • Dr. Paul Scully-Power DSM • Andy Thomas AO • Alex Henshaw MBE • Brigadier General David Lee "Tex" Hill DSC, DFC (USA), DFC (UK), Silver Star, Legion of Merit • Kermit Weeks • Roald Dahl** • Wing Commander Bobby Gibbes DSO, DFC & Bar, AOM* • Bruce Watson DFC* • Ted Sly DFC* • Commander Nat Gould** • TOA Flying Boat and Comet Captain John Poate* • Keith and Senja Robey • George Paul** • Colonel Robert Morgan • Colonel Hank Potter • Brigadier General Paul Tibbetts • Squadron Leader Bryan Monkton • Former United Airlines 747 Captain Bob Blue • Sid Marshall • Kym Bonython AC, DFC, AFC • Commander Ken May • Group Captain William (Bull) Garing CBE, DFC, DSC (US) • Lang Kidby • General Charles "Chuck" Yeager Silver Star, Bronze Star • Allana Arnott • Janine Shepherd • Rosemary Arnold • Gabrielle (Gaby) Kennard OAM • Commander David Hobbs (RAN Yeovilton Museum) • Doug Fawcett • Group Captain Brian (Black Jack) Walker DSO • Betty Jo Reed (US WASP) Pilot • WWII Boeing B-29 Crewman Colonel Mack Palmer • Steve Weatherstone, former East West Airlines Captain - Aircruising Australia Fokker F-27 Captain - Dash 8 Captain - RAN Fokker F-27 Commander • the late Captain Jack Curtis, the world's oldest licensed DC-3 Captain among others.
* RAAF and RAF WWII Spitfire Pilots
** RAAF, RAF, RAN, RN