News Pertaining to the Australian Flying Corps
The news section has current wordly news pertaining to the Australian Flying Corps in one way or another. If you learn of any news to do with Australian Flying Corps members, organizations, aircraft, anything, send an email to the Australian Flying Corps Website.
The ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee (Queensland) is selling commemorative ANZAC Day badges, one commerating the Australian Flying Corps. The other three commemorate the Lighthorse, Simpson and his Donkey and the Slouch Hat pin. The badges are available for $5 AUD from www.anzacday.org.au.
More details for the RAAF History Conference, 2001 which will be focusing on WWI Aviation.
Date - 24 August 2001.
Further Information Contact - The Aerospace Centre, RAAF Base, Fairbairn ACT 2600.
Ph: 02 6287 6641
The Australian War Memorial's new exhibition, the "Anzac Hall" has opened in Canberra. Of Australian Flying Corps interest are two World War I aircraft. The original Deperdussin from the Central Flying School in Point Cook is on display alongside the Gloster F.8 Meteor as a comparison of aircraft development. Also on display is the Imperial Gift SE5a which is in AFC markings. The SE5a is included amongst a series of WWI relics including a Crossley Tender, used by the Australian Flying Corps to do their hauling and recovery, a Leyland 3 tonner, another common hauler, lots of WWI Artillery and a MkIV Female Tank. Other AFC memorabilia on display includes the medals of Herbert Gillis Watson, who was an ace with 4 Squadron AFC. News courtesy of Gordon Branch.
A documentary on Sir Hubert Wilkins has been in shooting and production for the last year spanning Australia, Norway and the United States. Wilins was a remarkable adventurer, whose escapades covered Arctic adventures by air, land and submarine, War correspondant in WWI and the Turko-Bulgarian War of 1912, Australian Flying Corps aviator in WWI, Navigator in the England - Australia air race of 1919 and Antartic Exploration. The documentary has website at Voyage of the Nautilus and plans to be released in 2001.
Smithy's Southern Cross flies again! Not quite, the US developed Robotic Spy Plane known as the Global Hawk recently flew across the Pacific Ocean from California in the USA to an RAAF airbase in South Australia. The aircraft on it's ground breaking flight was named the "Southern Cross II" in honour of the Australian aviator and ex-RFC pilot, Charles Kingsford Smith who made a similar ground breaking trip in 1928 in the original Southern Cross, a Fokker tri-engine aircraft.
The RAAF History Conference will be held on Friday August 24th at the Canberra Convention Centre in 2001. The conference will be a one day affair with the theme, World War One and the prospective title, the "Birth of Australian Aviation". The outline of papers includes;
The Politics of Military Aviation - the international perspective and the inter-service issues; the birth of the idea of an independent fighting service; this paper should also introduce the AFC. Ian MacFarling
The March Issue of Australian Aviation Magazine contained the article on the Vickers Vimy flown by Ross and Keith Smith in the 1919 England to Australia Air Race, the article appeared in the "Warbirds, Vintage and Veteran" section;
Australian Aviation Magazine also had a small article on the AFC Website, in the "Wings on the Web" section;
Kudo's to all the contributors to the Australian Flying Corps Website.
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