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Podcast: How Australian Aviation will celebrate RAAF’s centenary

written by Robyn Tongol | March 3, 2021

A picture of a Lockheed C-130 from Australian Aviation’s unrivalled archive.

As birthdays go, it’s a big one. Not just for the RAAF but really for aviation in Australia, which owes its start to the world’s second independent air force.

In this episode, host Phil Tarrant and guest Adam Thorn reveal how Australian Aviation will celebrate the milestone, as well as asking for help from our listeners and readers.

Plus, the team digs into the big issues of the last week, including whether Virgin really can make mid-market work after the TWU raised concerns.

Finally, our story on a Singapore A380 leaving Alice Springs broke the internet  – but why was it so popular?

Comments (2)

  • Geoff


    Oh wow! I have an original print of that exact same shot of the Herc in this article. I got it at RAAF Richmond in about 1988. If memory serves, I was told it was shot in Hawaii during an exercise deployment.

  • Shawn Benson


    First Independant Airforce – Royal Air Force UK 1 April 1918
    Second Independant Air Force – South African Airforce 1 Feb 1920
    Third Independant Air Force – Royal Australian Air Force 31 March 1921
    Please correct your continued statements that the RAAF is the SECOND oldest airforce.
    Great podcast though. Keep up the good work.

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