Mystery Photo No. 49

Mystery Photo No.49 is of a group of biplanes on the foredeck of a ship, taken just over 100 years ago: 
The picture has special historical significance, so we would like to know:

What is the name of the ship,
What type of aircraft they are, and
What is the special significance of this image?

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HARS is pleased to confirm that it has been accepted as the preferred tenderer for the acquisition of the complete sets of ex RAN FAA Historic Flight assets being disposed of by limited public tender.
This outcome is the result of approximately 14 years of continuous dialogue between HARS and the RAN, […]

Message from COMFAA for the RANHFV

COMFAA,  Commodore Chris Smallhorn, has asked that the following message be published on this website.
“On 18 August 2018 our Helicopter Flight Vietnam (HFV) veterans were finally recognised for the extraordinary feats of gallantry displayed every day and night throughout the four 723 Squadron detachments to Vietnam between September 1967 and June 1971.
On a predictably cold, wet  and blustery […]

RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam Awarded Unit Citation for Gallantry

Forty-six years after it was disbanded, the RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam has been awarded a Unit Citation for Gallantry (UCG). 
The actual Citation, which is a rhodium-plated rectangular frame surrounding a ribbon of deep green, is a warrant presented to selected ADF Units for acts of extraordinary gallantry in action. The Citation consists of a certificate to the unit, signed by the […]

Seahawk 70-B and Squirrel AS350B Retirement Ceremony 01 December 2017

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Advice has just been received from Navy regarding the arrangements for the retirement of the AS350B Squirrel and the Seahawk S-70B2 from service.  The following events will occur:
Ceremonial Divisions and a formal Retirement Ceremony
When: 0900 to 1000 on Friday 01 December 2017.
Where: HMAS Albatross.
Rig: Dress S2 or equivalent.   
How to attend: Persons wishing to attend Divisions are […]

Warbird Relic Hunters

Anybody who likes restored aircraft will love this story from our friends at Vintage Wings of Canada. 
As the introduction says: 
“As the Second World War came to a close, thousands of war-surplus combat and training aircraft were stored at storage, repair or disposal facilities across Canada. British Commonwealth Air Training Plan Airfields began to fill up with the discarded implements of war—Avro Ansons and Lancasters, Bristol Bolingbrokes, […]

New Support Website for ex-ADF Members

A new website advising current and former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) of the free support services available to them has been launched by Minister for Defence Personnel, Dan Tehan.
Mr Tehan said the Engage: Supporting Those Who Serve website would help all current and former ADF members, their families and those involved in their support by providing easily […]

FAAAA Member Awarded The OAM

Mr Matt Jacobs from the Tasmanian Division has been awarded the OAM in the Queens Birthday Honours List of 12th June 2017, for his service to the Tamar Volunteer Marine Rescue Unit. 

The Association extends its warmest congratulations to Matt, for an honour well deserved. 

Imagery of this event will be added when available. 

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Vampire Rebuild

One of the few ex-RAN Vampires to survive the scrap heap is to be refurbished by a private collector. 

Mr Steven Demanuele recently contacted the FAAAA to ask if we had any photographs of A79-840, which he has purchased and intends to restore.

According to ADF Serials, this aircraft was originally purchased by the RAN for £45,000 and was delivered in September 1954. […]

The Fleet Air Arm Association of Australia aims to unite former and serving Naval Aviation personnel. It encourages membership for anyone who has been associated with operating, maintaining or supporting the RAN Fleet Air Arm at sea or ashore.

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