Karl shoots 2013 Avalon Air Show
Karl and his family attended this year’s Australian International Air Show at Avalon Airport near Melbourne on Sunday. He captured some breathtaking photographs of the aircraft on display as well as some of the exciting flying displays.
Our friends at Temora exhibited and had flying a range of their beautiful warbirds including their Mk VIII Spitfire, Sabre CA-27, Hudson A-28, Gloster Meteor and CAC Boomerang CA-13. Also taking part in the flying displays were a P-51 Mustang and P-40 Kittyhawk.
If you’d like to see more of Karl’s incredible photography, click here to go to his Flickr page or alternatively cut and paste this link into your browser, http://www.flickr.com/photos/29107735@N05/>
Burma mystery gets even more mysterious
What began as a history making event to unearth dozens of crated Spitfires in Burma, appears to have run out of steam.
After finally being granted permission to dig for buried Spitfires in and around Rangoon, with a little help from British Prime Minister David Cameron, Lincolnshire farmer and aviation enthusiast David Cundall has been left wondering whether it was all worth it. He was convinced upwards of 120 Spitfires were buried in a number of locations throughout Burma.
The project's lead archaeologist Andy Brockman doubted their existence from the start. He claimed there was no evidence to support the story. Which is an odd thing to say as David tod us he had first hand accounts from former Seabee's who actually dug the holes and buried the Spitfires. What's more, his ground penetrating radar images certainly showed there were large objects of the size and shape of Spitfires buried in Burma. Whatever the case there's more to this mystery than meets the eye.
If you'd like to read the latest on the Burma Spitfires, click here, for the story in The Age newspaper. Alternatively we have a copy of the story in jpg format here. For more information on David Cundall's quest to find the Burma Spitfires, click here for an earler story in The Age.
A special word of thanks to Sean Spencer and Hull News and Pictures for allowing us use of their image. www.hullnews.co.uk
Recent discoveries at IWM
A recent search of the Imperial War Museum's extensive image collection unearthed some fantastic shots of Spitfires being assembled in Malta, North Africa and Gibraltar.
Interestingly, some of the photographs feature aircraft being removed from their crates with the tail section already fitted to their fuselages. While others show tail sections yet to be attached, obviously arriving in a separate crate.
According to our research, the Spitfires that arrived in Australia were tailless, as per the shot taken in North Africa. All images © IWM.
More images will be posted to our gallery soon.
New Oakey Images
Thanks to a link sent to us from Peter Dunn from Oz at War (www.ozatwar.com), we found these new shots of one of the very few Spitfires to be sold to a local farmer. It's just a shame we can't read the tail markings on the aircraft. We also found a shot of one of the Royal Navy Seafires that were assembled at Oakey in the latter stages of the war. While it doesn't reveal much, it's a nice addition to our ever growing archive.
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