Aero Australia issue 51 cover
Aero Australia issue 51 cover

Articles – issue 51


CAC – Australia’s Planemaker: 80 years ago, privately-owned Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation was established because its founders saw the need for a local aircraft industry in time of war. They were right  p24

Sabre Missile Testing: Testing the Sidewinder and Firestreak missiles on RAAF Sabres in the 1950s.  p36

Cessna Skylane: A classic light aircraft still going strong after six decades.  p40

Salute to the ‘Chippie’: De Havilland Canada’s famous trainer marks its 70th birthday.  p46

F-111B – The One That Got Away: Why the naval version of General Dynamics’ superb strike bomber failed to make the mark.  p50

Spotlight On Sydney Airport: One day’s international operations at Australia’s busiest airport.  p58

Cornered and Dangerous: Army’s Tiger combat helicopter has had its problems but is now fully operational.  p66

Mini Profiles: A slow-selling turboprop, a total failure and an unlikely modest success.  p71

SkyWarriors – 10 Squadron Sunderlands: The RAAF hunting and sinking U-boats during World War II.  p76


Wilson’s Commentary: The editor on a lost opportunity and a nice bit of news.  p5

Aerogrammes: Bits and pieces of news and information from around the aviation world. p6

Aerogrammes Extra: The secrets of a mysterious Beech 1900 which recently and briefly flew in RAAF markings revealed. p14

Warbirds & Vintage: News from the world of old aeroplanes.  p17

Movements: Some of the aircraft spotted around the traps over the last few months.  p20

Air Shows: Tyabb and Wanaka warbirds plus Wings Over Illawarra.  p82

Aero Reviews: Some interesting new books to consider adding to your collection.  p89

Aero Album: Some photographs from the CAC archive to supplement our cover story on the Australian manufacturer.  p90

Aero Models: Flying Billboards – aeroplanes with advertising on them.  p94