Members who joined RAAF 40-49 Pilot Courses at Point Cook (graduated or not), together with wives, partners or carers, are invited to a reunion on Friday 24 March in Canberra at the Mercure Canberra (previously Ainslie Rex).

If you qualify and would like to attend please contact Don Pollock at

Hope to hear from you whether you can attend or not.


Don Pollock

Win a Cirrus SR22 Private Plane with Your Jet Life and Angel Flight Australia

Your Jet Life has launched an Art Union raising funds for Angel Flight Australia giving the winner a chance to own a Cirrus SR22.
Tickets are $15 and there are only 500,000 tickets. There will be holding two draws every year.

First RAAF MQ-4C Triton unveiled

Vale Brian Daniell – Former Australian Aviation Club President and Honorary Life Member

Re-engining the B52

The CERP seeks to integrate eight new Rolls-Royce F130 engines per aircraft to replace the Pratt & Whitney TF33s, which are original equipment on the B-52Hs, built in 1962. The engines will be digitally controlled, requiring new pylons, new twin-engine nacelles, and wiring to connect the powerplants to the B-52 cockpit. The project is part of an overall modernization of the B-52 fleet that includes digital wiring, new communications, and a new radar, among other improvements.

The B-52, also called Stratofortress, U.S. long-range heavy bomber, designed by the Boeing Company in 1948, first flown in 1952, and first delivered for military service in 1955. Though originally intended to be an atomic-bomb carrier capable of reaching the Soviet Union, it has proved adaptable to a number of missions, and dozens of B-52s remained in service in the early 21st century. Not bad for an aircraft that first flew in 1952!

Vale Les Whaley

Mac the FAC finally gets his gong

Chicago to Washington DC flight uses 100% sustainable fuel in one engine

Vale John Wood

Vale Graham Dyke

Vale Greg Madden


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Vale Tom Trinder

RAF’s new Poseidon sub hunter flies in to thwart Russia

What’s missing from modern-day air shows

Pilots complained at least five times about Boeing 737 MAX problems, records show

Full-sized Lancaster bomber sculpture gets go ahead

The AFC In The Great War 1914-1918
Along with artist Norman Clifford, Aviation Club member Lance Halvorson has produced a magificent book, ‘The Australian Flying Corps in the Great War 1914-1918.

The Australian Flying Corps in the Great War 1914-1918 is a history of combat operations, technical details and training notes/summaries, unique to the history of the AFC in the war.   The history comprises ‘war diary’ experiences of squadron aircrew, maps, technical drawings and  photos, some not seen before.   They provide a comprehensive insight into squadron preparations and activities from their deployment in 1916 to their return to Australia at the war’s end.   Full details about the book, and how to obtain a copy of it are at The Australian Flying Corps In The Great War 1914-1918

Australian pilots not to blame for fatal crash

South African Convair crash interim report released

Seattle DASH-8 crash
Youtube video featuring some of the tower transmissions and, at the end, video of the loop and the intercept.  Note the low termination of the loop!  Note, also the professionalism and calm nature of the controller.

The USAF retired its first stealth aircraft more than a decade ago, but it’s still lurking in the skies over the US

Vale Milt Cottee

Unmanned aerial systems rolled out by Australian Army

Declining fuel reserves prompts Turnbull government security review

Spitfire pilot flies to the office

Restored WWII bomber Memphis Belle is moved into Ohio museum

Labour of love putting old war horses back in the air

First two RAAF Pilatus PC-21s commence delivery flight to Australia

Minister confirms JSF and Growler will debut at Avalon Airshow

The military may soon buy the same drones you do

Australian International Airshow 2017

11 Squadron farewells the P-3 Orion

First RAAF P-8A arrives in Canberra


Airbus delivers its 10,000th aircraft

Vale Bob Hoover

Emirates B777 preliminary accident report

Flight safety recommendations unfulfilled 7 years after Hudson River accident

Airservices Australia job losses

Vale Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown – ‘the world’s greatest test pilot’

Doc’s first flight draws fans young and old

Farnborough 2016

100 flying robots shine light on drone regulations

US Air Force Museum to spread its wings with $40M expansion

Painted planes make a quiet comeback

The Air Force is getting rid of an iconic helicopter. And there’s a big fight over how to replace it.

First RAAF P-8A takes shape at Renton final assembly line

Army delivers D-model Chinook to the Australian War memorial

18 April 2016 – new (replica) 79 Squadron Mk VIII Spitfire A58-492 guardian for RAAF Museum


Australian-owned Fokker D.VIII flies

On Friday 1 April 2016, the first Australian-owned Fokker D.VIII took to the air for the first time.   Operated by the Caboolture-based museum, The Australian Vintage Aviation Society, the aircraft, powered by an original 1918 rotary engine, flew three times on Friday.

Concerns raised about Airservices Australia and OneSKY expenses

Flight FZ981 crashes in Russia



Vale Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown

ABC report – ‘RAAF to convert luxury corporate Gulfstream G550 jets into Australian military spy planes’

Bound for ‘the boneyard’

Pearl Harbor welcomes the Swamp Ghost
(Note reference to the role of the RAAF helicopter!)

First RAAF F-35A – KC-30A refuel

15J00474USAF_23-3 First RAAF F-35 refuels from a RAAF KC-30A

What’s next for drones? Swarming, lasers, and wingmen, military leaders say

Australia joins study of Tiger attack helicopter upgrade

Construction begins on $157m project at HMAS Albatross

Boeing delivers seven Australian Chinooks

Avalon 2015 a major success

RAAF basic flying training to relocate to East Sale

Shoreham Air Show disaster: Everything we know about plane crash

X-47B completes first air-to-air drone refueling

US F-22 Raptor stealth jets provide kinetic situational awareness over Syria

USAF plans to end MQ-1 Predator operations in 2018

US Navy Details Future Carrier Air Wing

Watch Out, China: America Sends Most Advanced Bombers to Asia-Pacific

China’s first drone war is here

Rogue drones a growing nuisance across the U.S.

Urban explorer finds sad remains of the Soviet space shuttle program

Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II – the Joint Strike Fighter –  the full documentary

Australian forces enhance air power

US Army to acquire enhanced MH-47G Block 2 Chinooks

Fastest C-17A delivery in Australian history

Boeing Rolls Out First Growler for Australia

First RAAF P-8 on track for mid-2016 first flight