On 15 January 2021 to meet Project Land Requirement 4503 the Australian Government ordered 29 examples of the Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian to replace the the troublesome Eurocopter Tiger attack helicopter with the Australian Army.
The Bennett Condor ZK-CON (c/n 001) was built basically along the lines of a CAB Minicab but using Jodel D-11 plans, this enabling the builder to meet New Zealand micro-light class weight restrictions.
Mr George Bellchambers, who lived in an Adelaide suburb, built a glider of his own design in about 1919 and an attempt was made to fly the aircraft at Wall Flat on the Murray River but this was not successful.
Very little is known about this aircraft but it seems it was placed on the RAA register on 8 November 2006 as 19-4806 (c/n H-20001) and remained on the register for two years, being withdrawn from use on 31 October 2008 and was removed from the register.
The Bonnie was built by Mr Ronald Gower using an incomplete project commenced by L J R Jones. Powered by a converted Henderson motor-cycle engine, its first flight was scheduled to occur at Pyes Estate at Quakers Hill, west of Sydney, on 18 December 1932, but engine problems delayed the
The Growler was designed as an aircraft-carrier based electronic warfare aircraft and is basically a specialized variant of the FA-18F Super Hornet and replaced the Grumman EA-6B Prowler in service with US Navy units.
Known as the Brisfit, the Bristol Fighter was produced in large numbers during World War I as the F.2A and F.2B, some 5,308 examples being constructed with a variety of engines, including the Rolls Royce Falcon I, Falcon II, Falcon III, 112 kw (150-hp) Hispano Suiza, 149 kw (200-hp) Hispano
Following the cancellation of the A-12 Avenger II attack aircraft for the US Navy, and the decision by the US to not adapt the F-22 Raptor for carrier operations, it was decided to develop a new variant of the F/A-18 Hornet known as the Super Hornet, this being similar in
The Bristol Scout was designed by Frank Barnwell, chief designer and engineer from 1915 to 1938 for the British & Colonial Aeroplane Company, being flown for the first time on 23 February 1914 by the Australia pilot, Harry Busteed.
In 2007 Australia joined a multi-national programme to participate in the development of the new US Navy multi mission maritime aircraft, the replacement for the US Navy’s P-3 Orion fleet, thus expanding the Australian military’s opportunity to further develop intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in this part of the Pacific Ocean.
In 1971 Hawker Siddeley and British Aerospace were selected to design and build the HS.1182 trainer for the RAF, and since then more than 700 examples have been supplied to many of the Worlds airforces in a variety of models.
Commonly known as the Buffalo, the prototype Brewster Model 39, known as the XF2A-1 (Bu No 1451) fitted with a 634 kw (850-hp) Wright R-1820-34 Cyclone engine, flew for the first time on 2 December 1937.
The Baffin was designed by Major F A Bumpus to meet a Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm requirement, and was built by the Blackburn Aircraft & Motor Co Ltd of Brough, in Yorkshire to succeed the company’s Ripon as the standard torpedo bomber with the FAA for operation from that
In 1935 the British Air Ministry issued specifications for a torpedo bomber and general-reconnaissance/bomber and this led to the Bristol Beaufort, an initial contract for 78 aircraft being placed in August 1936, the prototype flying for the first time on 15 October 1938.
Built in relatively small numbers, the Bv 141 reconnaissance aircraft was unusual in being of asymmetrical concept in that the pilot and crew were seated in a nacelle offset to starboard of a boom carrying the engine and tail assembly.
The first aircraft to deliver a nuclear weapon in anger, the B-29 Superfortress has been credited by some with bringing the Pacific War to an end following the dropping of nuclear devices on the Japanese cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, these following the onslaught on Japanese cities in 1944 by USAF
The Blenheim was built in large numbers for the Royal Air Force and bore the brunt of operations in France at the beginning of the war with the British Expeditionary Force until the French capitulation.
One of the most famous bombers of all time, the B-17 Fortress (Boeing Model 299) was built in large numbers at a number of plants for the USAAF and saw widespread service throughout World War II in all theatres of operation.
The Type 130 was designed by the Bristol Aeroplane Co Ltd to meet Air Ministry specification C.26/31 as a replacement for the Vickers Valentia and to meet a requirement of the RAF for a bomber able to carry 907 kw (2,000 lb) of bombs and having a crew of four;
Although flown for the first time in prototype YB-52 form on 15 April 1952, and entering service with the 93rd Bomb Wing of Strategic Air Command at Castle Air Force Base in California in June 1952, the B-52, albeit in much modified form, remains in service with the USAF, and
The Bell Model 209 or AH-1 was a redesigned Iroquois with a gunner and pilot in tandem, a chin turret fitted with a 7.62 mm (0.30 in) Minigun, or 40 mm grenade launchers, and with stub wings carrying four weapons pylons.