Saturday, April 7, 2012

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011


The Empire of Japan capitulates, the war is over!

I was not surprised to find no mention at all by the mass media of this historic event that occurred yesterday all those years ago. Does it matter? I for one think it does. We should remember our past and acknowledge that it is no accident we enjoy freedom and peace in Australia.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

mid-air crash at Duxford airshow

A P-51 Mustang (actually a Commonwealth CA-18), 'Big Beautiful Doll' and a French Douglas Skyraider collided in mid-air while banking away after a formation fly-past at low level. The Skyraider lost a large part of its starboard wing in the collision but landed safely. The pilot of the Mustang parachuted to safety leaving the aircraft to crash into a field. Both pilots were miraculously uninjured.

I just hope that people don't over-react and call for the end of warbird airshows. What they do need to look at is the level of training and practice pilots undertake prior to any proposed formation flying. Formation flying is inherently dangerous and requires its own unique set of pilot skills; it's not the sort of thing most civilian pilots are familiar with.

Monday, June 6, 2011

History forgotten

I was somewhat disappointed that there was virtually no mention in the mainstream media of the Battle of Midway on the 4 June 1942 and the D-Day landings on 6 June 1944.

In the Battle of Midway the US Navy inflicted a devastating blow upon the Imperial Japanese Navy that turned the tide of the Pacific War in favour of the US and her allies.

On the 6 June the largest amphibious invasion in history took place on the beaches of Normandy, France. The invasion marked the beginning of the end of Nazi Germany's occupation of western Europe and ultimately led to the end of the war within 12 months.

It's a pity we don't make the effort to educate our citizens so they can see that it is no accident that they live in a free country. It could so easily have been very different had it not been for the efforts and sacrifice of a previous generation.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Friday, December 24, 2010

Seasons Greetings

have a Jerry Christmas and a Jappy New Year! This was a common saying after Japan entered WW2 where 'Jerry' refers to Nazi Germany a 'Jappy' the Empire of Japan. All this happened so long ago and now seems so unlikely to have ever occurred and yet it did. We really do live in a different world.