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Missing RANHFV Members

.Can you help us locate the following members of the RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam? If so, please use the "Contact Us" box at the foot of the page.  Their Flight number is included in brackets. x  Hawkins, Raymond Basil (2) Homer, Raymond Harold (1) Jones,...

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RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam – The 5th Contingent

RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam – The 5th Contingent

Can You Help? Between October 1967 and June 1971 four deployments of RAN personnel served in the Helicopter Flight Vietnam.  A Heritage article of this period of our history can be found here. Not many of the history books will tell you that there was a 5th Flight in...

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New FAAAA President

New FAAAA President

  Rear Admiral Mark Campbell, CSC, RAN (Ret'd) was a Helicopter Warfare Instructor with substantial aviation, command, acquisition and sustainment experience. He has about 3,500 flying hours mainly as an anti-submarine tactical co-ordinator in Sea King and...

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Update on Hookway Trackers

Down Under Aviation News is running an article on the current status of the S2G Trackers purchased by Peter Hookway back in the early 90s.  Sadly, they have gradually rotted out in the open at West Sale Aerodrome.  There may yet...

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Firefly Wreckage found in Jervis Bay

Firefly Wreckage found in Jervis Bay

Memorial For Lost Aircrew Around 3pm on November 27,1956 two Firefly aircraft flown by young British pilots collided off the coast of NSW.  SBLT David Eagles was flying aircraft VX 381 that lost about seven feet of one wing and ditched a short time later, with both...

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Spitfire Images

Spitfire Images

Legends at full throttle: Photographer captures pin-sharp images of the final 55 airworthy Spitfires using just a handheld camera Air-to-air photographer John Dibbs spent years hanging out of fighter planes to capture stunning shots of Spitfires Using skill and...

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The Paintings of Jim Rae

The Paintings of Jim Rae

Jim Rae is an ex-RN aircraft handler.  He served on HMS Eagle, HMS Victorious(twice) and HMS Ark Royal before leaving the RN in 1968. He then worked as a Fireman Local Authority, then a couple of industrial Fire sections at Sullom Voe Oil Terminal and Mount Pleasant...

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HC723 Rescues Squirrels

HMAS Albatross personnel make mercy dash to Antarctica By Dallas McMaugh, SOUTH COAST REGISTERMarch 23, 2016, 10:50 a.m.    ​THREE navy maintainers from 723 Squadron at HMAS Albatross have undertaken a rescue mission in Antarctica.However, the trio, Leading Seamen...

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Fleet Air Arm Veterans Awarded Vietnam Medal

Fleet Air Arm Veterans Awarded Vietnam Medal

South Coast Register March 2 2016. US Air Medal presented to Albatross Vietnam crews By Robert Crawford Six members of the first rotation of Royal Australian Navy aircraft to serve in Vietnam have been honoured with the United States Air Medal. In a special ceremony...

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Help a Veteran

    Defence Force Welfare Association A member of the Alliance of Defence Service Organisations   MEDIA STATEMENT ‘ARE YOU OK’ NOT ENOUGH FOR VETERANS SUICIDAL OVER CHRISTMAS Veterans suffering as a consequence of their service need far more than...

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