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  Australian Warbirds

RAAF Point Cook and Avalon

Photographic Essay APA-PE-2012-0301

by Wolf Cocklin
Photographic images © 2009 - 2012 Wolf Cocklin
Text and lineart, image enhancement © 2012 Carlo Kopp

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CAC CA-27 Avon Sabre Mk.32, CAC CA-18 Mustang Mk.23 and Supermarine Spitfire HF.VIII.

Wolf Cocklin frequently attends airshows and air pageants in Australia, and photographs aircraft. With good technique and judicious choice of photographic equipment, much of his work is to a professional standard. This photoessay is a compilation of images from Avalon Airshows and RAAF Museum events at Point Cook.


Imagery produced mostly using Nikon D90 and D7000, and the Nikkor 70-300 mm f/4-5.6D ED and Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG HSM telephoto zoom lenses. This photoessay is a good example of achievable quality using semi-professional grade equipment and good technique.

  1. Temora Aviation Museum, New South Wales;
  2. Old Aeroplane Company Tyabb, Victoria, Australia;
  3. Australian Warbirds Association Ltd;
  4. Historical Aircraft Restoration Society, Illawarra;
  5. RAAF Museum, Point Cook, Victoria;
  6. Technical Report APA-TR-2012-0302 Moore's Law and Telephoto Imaging;
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RAAF Museum CAC CA-27 Avon Sabre Mk.32 and CAC CA-18 Mustang Mk.21 A68-105 VH-JUC owned and operated by Judy Pay and Richard Hourigan, in the colours of P-51K-1-NT Mustang IVa KH677 / CV-P of 3 SQN, when based in Italy, 1944.

CAC CA-3 Mk.II Wirraway

CAC CA-3 Mk.II Wirraway A20-81 as CA-7 Wirraway A20-176 of 4 SQN.

Lockheed A-28-LO Hudson Mk III

Lockheed A-28-LO Hudson Mk III A16-112 as A6-211 of 2 SQN, written off in 1943 at Millingimbi, Northern Territory.

CAC CA-13 Boomerang

CAC CA-13 Boomerang A46-122 MH-R, painted in original camouflage.

Supermarine Spitfire HF.VIII

Supermarine Spitfire HF.VIII A58-758 / MV239 operated by Temora Aviation Museum. The aircraft is in the colours of A58-602 / RG-V / 457 SQN as flown from Morotai, Dutch East Indies, by the late WGCDR Robert H. Gibbes, DSO, DFC & Bar, OAM.

DHA DH-82A Tiger Moth

DHA DH-82A Tiger Moth A17-561 in original colours.

North American T-6 Texan / Harvard / SNJ

The T-6 Texan / Harvard / SNJ was the most widely used trainer operated by Allied air forces.

Consolidated PBY-6A Catalina

The HARS PBY-6A BuNo 4667 / VH-PBZ is painted to represent RAAF 43 SQN A24-362 OX-V “Felix” used for combat search and rescue and minelaying, based in the Northern Territory. The aircraft has a curious history having flown in Latin America, and later Spain and Portugal.

The HARS PBY-6A BuNo 4667 / VH-PBZ prior to restoration and retrofit of nose turret and fuselage blisters.

CAC CA-18 Mustang Mk.21/23

RAAF Museum CAC CA-18 Mustang Mk.23 A68-170 as P-51D-25-NT Mustang IV A68-750 AM-G of 77 SQN.

CAC CA-18 Mustang Mk.21 A68-104 as VH-BOB. The aircraft is owned by Bob Eastgate and is based at Point Cook.

CAC CA-18 Mustang Mk.21 A68-118 VH-AGJ owned and operated by Jeff Trappett.

USAAC Curtiss P-40F Warhawk (Merlin)

Curtiss P-40F-1-CU “Bone Crusher” Serial 41-14112 VH-HWK is owned and operated by Judy Pay. This is a rare Rolls-Royce Merlin powered P-40F of which only 700 were built, and was recovered as a wreck from Erromango, Vanuatu in 1989. The aircraft crash landed in December, 1942.

Douglas C-47-DL Dakota

VH-AES was initially built as a military C-47 and operated by the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) as 41-18660. It was later tranferred to the Australian government, and later flown by Trans Australia Airlines (TAA) as VH-AES.

HARS C-47B-30-DK is a former VIP transport aircraft.

DC-3-232A VH-ABR was an early DC-3 import to Australia with a long and colourful airline operations history.

Gloster Meteor F.8

Gloster Meteor F.8 VZ467 / VH-MBX of the Temora Aviation Museum in the colours of A77-851 / WK683 “Halestorm”, flown by Sgt George Hale of 77 SQN in Korea. A77-851 was credited with a MiG-15 Fagot kill. 

De Havilland Vampire T.11

Former Rhodesian Air Force De Havilland DH-115 Vampire T.11, VH-ZVZ / 15392, owned and operated by Judy Pay, at Tyabb, Victoria.

CAC CA-25 Winjeel

RAAF Historic Flight Winjeel A85-439, based at Point Cook.

CAC CA-27 Avon Sabre Mk.32

Temora Aviation Museum operated RAAF Museum CAC CA-27 Avon Sabre Mk.32 A94-983 in the colours of 75 SQN. The aircraft was provided to the RMAF as military aid during the 1970s and flew with registration FM-1983, until it retirement, when it was returned to Australia.

Lockheed P-2V-7 Neptune

P-2V-7/SP-2H Neptune A89-273 in the colours of 10 SQN, Townsville, Queensland, now operated by HARS.

USAF Lockheed C-121 Constellation

The HARS C-121 Constellation, formerly flown by the USAF and recovered from AMARC.

Bell UH-1B Iroquois

RAN Historic Flight HMAS Albatross based UH-1B N9-3104 / 898 / VH-NVV, in the colours of 723 SQN.

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