Warbirds Online recently attended The Australian Vintage Aviation Society (TAVAS) Great Vintage Fly-In titled “A tribute to the Knights of the Sky” the fighter pilots of WWI, WWII and Beyond. The event was held over the recent ANZAC weekend 23 and 24th of April 2016 at the Caboolture airfield, Queensland. There was an excellent attendance […]
World War I – 1914 to 1918
Australia had a significant presence in the WWI air War, both in the Middle East and in Europe as the only Commonwealth Nation to participate with its own Air Arm, the Australian Flying Corps. (AFC), comprising a total of four Operational Squadrons and four UK based Training Units. In Australia, training of overseas AFC pilots was also carried out at the Central Flying School (CFS) at Point Cook Victoria. Australians also served in the various British Air Arms – The Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS). Australia then punched well above its weight in the air in WWI and this aspect of Australian WWI service is largely under-represented as we remember this part of the Centenary of World War 1.
Warbirds Online continues its series on the Australian Flying Corps.(AFC) machines of WWI with a feature on the famous Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8. The R.E.8 (Reconnaissance Experimental 8), a British two-seat biplane, was the result of a line of aircraft developed by the Royal Aircraft Factory in the UK for use as a reconnaissance type; […]Australian Flying Corps, Historic Aircraft, WW1 aircraft