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Carl_Brisgamer
08-14-2016, 06:45
On my recent trip down to Canberra for Wintercon I diverted to the town of Nowra on the southern coast of New South Wales. It's a beautiful part of the world.

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The naval air base HMAS Albatros is home to the Royal Australian Navy Fleet Air Arm Museum. As you drive into Nowra the Huey lets you know it's a navy town.

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The RAN FAA did not come into being until 1948, seeing active service in Korea and Vietnam.

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A screw from the aircraft carrier HMAS Sydney makes a pretty impressive first impression.

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This 'Albatros' memorial commemorates those killed in the Korean War.

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The RAN FAA traces its lineage back to the RNAS. Looks like one of Clipper's Zeps!

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The WW1 section has some of Australian ace Flight Commander Little's flight gear and a painting of his triplane.

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A Sopwith Pup replica also features.

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Now we will move on to the post WW2 section.

Carl_Brisgamer
08-14-2016, 07:15
Landing Lights from HMAS Melbourne.

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A couple of examples of one of my favourite fast jets - the A4 Skyhawk. The two seat trainer saw service with the RAN and the RNZAF whilst the single seat version was donated to the museum by the US Department of Defence and finished in FAA colours.

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A Macchi armed trainer. I was 'strafed' by a couple of these on an exercise in 1985!

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Sea Vampire.

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CAC Winjeel trainer.

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Sea Venom.

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Model of HMAS Sydney decked out with Korean War aircraft.

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ASW Douglas DC-3.

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The sleek and deadly Hawker Sea Fury and the Fairey Firefly saw service in Korea.

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The Fairey Gannet twin turbo prop ASW aircraft is an ungainly beast!

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The MiG-15UTI trainer is present as an example of the FAA's Korean War opponents.

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Then on to the rotary wing aircraft. With the decommissioning of the last RAN carrier HMAS Melbourne in the 1980's the FAA lost it's fixed wing capability.

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The Huey 'Slick' is on display as RAN crew served in US helicopter units during the Vietnam War.

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Some fantastic aircraft in a small space, I was glad to have had the time to stop by and take it in for a couple of hours.

Marechallannes
08-14-2016, 07:32
Great Museum. :thumbsup:

Looks like a place that conserves the achievments of brave men and their machines.

Thank you, for taking us to this tour, Carl. :salute:


The Fairey Gannet is that ugly... :erk:

But I'm afraid the German Bundesmarine used it, too. ;)

Barkmann
08-14-2016, 10:58
Great shots Carl! Loved to see everything, but mainly the A-4 Skyhawk (Brazil still uses these in its Naval Air Force (Força Aeronaval) unfortunately i guess.... They are too old already) and the MiG-15UTI trainer. Love this plane!!! Saw one in an aviation museum nearby. :D REP for you!!

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Thanks
(Edit: can't give you more rep apparently :( )

Nick

Naharaht
08-14-2016, 13:33
Those are great photographs, Carl! That looks like a really interesting museum. :thumbsup:

Guntruck
08-14-2016, 15:14
Outstanding Carl. Thanks for sharing.

gully_raker
08-14-2016, 19:52
:thumbsup::clap::clap::clap: Fantastic collection of Photos Carl! Rep incoming.

I have been fortunate enough to have had two visits to the Museum as part of a WW1 Historical Society tour with a FAA guide & we were invited into the Curators area to view the Robert Little's gear before some was put on display. Pics attached.

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Rebel
08-15-2016, 02:47
Great pics Carl. Thanks for posting.
As for the Gannet, I made a solid balsa wood 1/72nd scale model of it many, many years ago. I never thought it ugly, only impressive.

Carl_Brisgamer
08-15-2016, 03:02
Great pics Carl. Thanks for posting.
As for the Gannet, I made a solid balsa wood 1/72nd scale model of it many, many years ago. I never thought it ugly, only impressive.

Definitely not the prettiest aircraft out there but it was tough and did the job for more than a decade.

Naharaht
08-23-2016, 09:54
The Royal Navy also used a version of the Fairey Gannet as an airborne early warning plane.

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Baxter
08-26-2016, 08:25
I remember when we had HMAS Melbourne in service. Trackers and Sky Hawks. Not like those imitation carriers they have now. :(