Volume 25 Number 3, February-April 2014
Australia’s Military Boxkite in the 1914 News
On 1 March 2014, it will be 100 years since the first flight of Australia’s first military aircraft, a Bristol Boxkite. James Kightly takes a look here at the 1914 news reports of the first few day’s events at Point Cook.
WHEN LILY CAME TO DARWIN
South Pacific Correspondent Michael John Claringbould tells of the first time that the Japanese Imperial Army’s aircraft attacked Darwin, using the Kawasaki Ki-48-I Ki-48 ‘Lily’ bomber.
THE PREGNANT LANC
A cadet engineer in 1948, Brian Van de Water reports here on Qantas’ unique solution to rapidly moving spare engines to distant locations to keep the airline’s fleet flying.
Recoveries from the Arctic Circle
Following his feature on US Navy aircraft recoveries, Mark Sheppard explores two exciting wreck recoveries from even more challenging environments in the former USSR.
Aviation Museums of Australasia Guide
Flightpath’s lift out guide to some of the best aviation museums in the region.
HURRICANE BLOWS IN
The Canadian-based Russell Aviation Group Hawker Hurricane XII, C-FDNL is coming to Australia. Editor Rob Fox reports on this much anticipated arrival.
Hawker’s Versatile Workhorse
“The RAF was glad to get the Spitfire … … it HAD to have the Hurricane!” We look at this tough fighter in detail.
The RAAF’s Hurricanes
As well as the single Hurricane seen here, Flightpath presents a selection of Hurricanes which have an Australian connection.
Australian Hurricane Pilots, First Blood in the Battle of Britain
Kristen Alexander details two Australian pilots who flew their RAF Hurricanes to claim victory in the opening days of the famous aerial battle.
A Man and his Machines - FREDERIC DOUGLAS HOINVILLE
Neil Follett details the indelible mark Fred Hoinville, skywriting pioneer, record setting glider pilot and author made on early Australian aviation.
A SHEEP IN WOLF’S CLOTHING
At first glance, Larry Dustman’s ‘Ghost Ship’ looks like a typical U.S. Navy biplane fighter-bomber from the late twenties - however, as Frank B Mormillo reveals, this is actually a highly-modified Boeing Stearman.
Maiden Lock Haven’s many guises
Named ‘Maiden Lock Haven’ after the PA-16’s birthplace, Eric Presten’s 1949 Piper Clipper is on a set of Murphy amphibian floats. Roger Cain reveals this is just one of six configurations he has for this aircraft.
COVER: The Temora Aviation Museum’s CAC CA-13 Boomerang A46-122, VH-MHR. The fighter was being flown ‘up close’ by Doug Hamilton. Picture Rob Fox