An Icelandic Aviation Journey

As originally posted on my aviation blog Aces Flying High: I have nothing but praise for the Icelandic airlines I flew on in January 2015. Icelandair (international) and Air Iceland (domestic) were on time, comfortable, offered great service and provided even greater views of the arctic north. The flights were an added bonus to a…

Ultralight Flight over Victoria Falls

When I travelled through Zambia in August 2004, I not only enjoyed the stunning views of Victoria Falls from ground level, I also had the opportunity to take a joy flight in an ultralight over the “The Smoke that Thunders“. That was something I was not going to pass up! You were not allowed to…

Restoring an Avro Anson

Originally posted on Aces Flying High:
After I wrote my blog on the 2012 Nhill Fly In I was invited by John Deckert a member of the Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre to visit the workshops in Nhill (in country Victoria, Australia) where the various projects associated with their restoration of a former Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), World War Two…

Avalon Air Show 2013

Originally posted on Aces Flying High:
The Avalon Air Show is a bi-annual event held at Avalon Airport in Victoria, Australia. I have been to all 11 of these shows to date (1992, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013) and as it is the only major international air event in Australia…

WW1 Fighters Fly Again

Originally posted on Aces Flying High:
The Wings Over Wairarapa 2013 air show in Masterton, New Zealand featured many spectacular flying displays but something really cool about this show was being able to see many World War One era wooden framed, fabric covered biplane and triplane aircraft take flight. The Knights of the Sky return! Dawn Patrol! Royal…

Wings Over Wairarapa 2013: Piston Power to the Jet Age

Originally posted on Aces Flying High:
The Kiwi’s really know how to put on an air show. The flying displays are relatively low and close to the crowd line with plenty of passes that show off the lines of all the classic aircraft that take to the sky. Wings Over Wairarapa 2013 at Hood Aerodrome in Masterton,…

The Mossie takes flight in NZ

Originally posted on Aces Flying High:
de Havilland Mosquito After a seven year reconstruction and restoration by Avspecs Ltd. in Auckland, New Zealand a de Havilland Mosquito FB Mk.26 fighter-bomber, “The Wooden Wonder” took to the skies once again in 2012 appearing at a number of flying events around Auckland (the first flight was September 27th, 2012). This particular aircraft,…

Remembrance Day 2012

They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old, Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them. ~ Laurence Binyon Lest we forget 11am on November 11th marks Remembrance Day when the armistice was signed by Germany…

D-Day June 6th, 1944: Normandy Beach Landings

On June 6th, 1944 the largest ever invasion fleet was massed off the coast of France. Code-named “Operation Overlord” the D-Day landings on the beaches of Normandy (code-named Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword beaches) marked the return of Allied troops to Western France, including U.S., British, Canadian and Free French forces and another major…

D-Day June 6th, 1944: The Airborne Assault

As part of the Allied D-Day landings of World War Two to invade France on June 6th, 1944 the seaborne landings on the beaches of Normandy (code-named Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword beaches) were preceded around 5 hours earlier by a two-pronged night airborne assault by Allied paratroopers. American paratroopers from the 82nd “All American“ and 101st “Screaming…