Archive for May, 2016

Craven County’s Historic Aircraft

North Carolina’s Craven County is home to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, and rich in aviation history. In particular, Havelock – the city where the air base is located, has close ties to military flight activity, and a number of restored military aircraft. The city’s crest, and those of the police and fire departments, […]

The Disestablishment and a Brief History of the VMAQT-1 Banshees

Oxford Dictionary defines the word “disestablish” as: dis·es·tab·lish, [disəˈstabliSH] vb. “deprive (an organization, especially a country’s national church) of its official status.” In military aviation, a disestablishment likely means that the squadron’s current operations, staffing, equipment and/or mission has finished its tasks, and that organization is disbanding. It also means that the heritage and accomplishments […]

Wings over Illawarra 2016 – A Parade of Allies!

The Historic Aircraft Restoration Society operates its museum, dominated by the B747-400 VH-OJA, at Illawarra regional Airport, Albion Park, New South Wales. In cooperation with the museum, Bright Events have managed Wings over Illawarra air show for some years. After attempts for the last two years, WoI was finally visited by favourable weather in 2016. […]

75 Years of History Observed at MCAS Cherry Point

Over the last weekend in April 2016, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, located in the town of Havelock, North Carolina, offered their 75th Anniversary Air Show. Three quarters of a century is a long time, especially since powered flight was initiated fewer than four decades earlier than the base’s beginnings. There were quite a […]