Retirement of Squirrel and Seahawk S70B-2 Helicopters

 On Friday 01 Dec this year the FAA will farewell two stalwarts in the form of the S-70B-2 Seahawk Bravo and the Aerospatiale AS350BA Squirrel helicopters from service with the Royal Australian Navy and Australian Defence Force. These aircraft have served this nation well and a ‘send off’ fitting their place in history will take place at HMAS Albatross so save the date.
The […]

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. […]

Veterans & Veterans’ Families Counselling Service


Who is VVCS?
VVCS provides free confidential counselling and group program services to support the mental health and wellbeing of the Australian veteran and ex-service community and their families, irrespective of which theatre they served in.
The VVCS Legacy
The Vietnam War was a difficult chapter in Australia’s history. For those who served, the experience forged strong bonds and a commitment to look out […]

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.
Hawkins, Raymond Basil (2)
Homer, Raymond Harold (1)
Jones, Raymond Marshall (1)
Malcolm, Peter Robert (4)
Mills, Francis John (3)
Montgomery, James Henry (3)
Morris, Garrie David (3)
Terrell, Graham Victor (3)
Varley, David […]

Mystery Photo No. 14 Answer

Mystery Photograph No 14 was kindly supplied by Phil Thompson

The above photograph shows a small RN biplane landing on an aircraft carrier.  Can you tell:

What type of aircraft is it? (easy question)

What the name of the aircraft carrier is? (ditto)

The name of the Australian FAA pilot aboard, and

What marked it as a special occasion? 


The (almost) correct answer was […]

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 Aviation Technician Aircraft Jodie Khan and Tim Graham and Petty Officer Aviation Technician Aircraft Mark Anderson, didn’t have to rescue stranded personnel. Instead it was […]

WA Remembrance Day Photographs

Here are some photographs from the Mandurah Remembrance Day, supplied by WA Division.  As it turned out, the WRANS Association were having their annual gathering at Mandurah this year. Half the girls in the group had served at Albatross – names too numerous to mention.


Picture 1:  Lovely Ladies: the local WRANS’ gathering at Mandurah 2015

Picture 2: Skinhead, Phyllis, Donc and […]

Snippet of History 2: Wessex Salvage

Photos of a downbird team recovering a Wessex from Pigeon House mountain in 1978.  Any further detail on the time and people involved would be welcome.

(Click on images to enlarge)


A4-N Delivered to Discovery Air Defence Services

The latest A-4N arrives at Wittmund – Combat Aircraft Monthly Magazine – July 2015.

The latest McDonnell Douglas A-4N for Discovery Air Defence Services arrived at Wittmund air base in northern Germany on May 11, 2015. Wearing the Canadian civil registration C-FGZS, serial 337 (BuNo 158730, c/n 14377) used the call sign ‘Dadio 22’ for the flight from Phoenix, Arizona to […]

RANHFV UH-1 Gunships – Photos and Paint specs

WANTED:  Photos of Vietnam Flight UH-1 Gunships and Paint Specs

The RAN Historic Flight are after colour photos and paint specifications of the UH1 Gunships used by the RANHFV with the 135th. We are going to paint 893 up in these colours in honour and memory of all the RANHFV guys who served there.

Please contact Greg Morris from the Historic Flight […]

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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