Ad Astra Aviator Podcasts.

An initiative by RAAFA NSW to capture the recollections and experiences of both retired and serving Air Force personnel.

Project Manager: Peter Ring. [email protected]

Ad Astra Logo
Gareth McCray OAM
Interviewer:
Gareth McCray OAM

Sergeant Paul Gallaway. Air Force Enthusiast and Motivated Technician


Phil Frawley. Guinness World Records: Oldest Active Fighter Pilot


My Life, My Air Force. Bernie Nebenfuhr


Fortunate Life. Steve Low. AM Fighter Pilot, Aerobatic Team, Farmer, Past Mayor of Dungog,


Barry Kelly. Highlights of a life: F18 Hornets , US Aircraft Carrier Pilot, Low Level Displays, Cathay Pacific and Wedgetails


Bronwyn Marchant - Public Affairs Office, Air Combat Group


Truckie Carr: High Points (and low) of My Flying Life.


Louise Burr. Australian Air Force Airfield (Civil) Engineer


Bob Redman CSC MID. Reflects on life in Vietnam, Flying Instruction and Test Pilot.


Sir Roden Cutler, VC, AK, KCMG, KCVO, CBE


John Quaife AM Air Vice Marshal (ret) Talks about Our Australian Air Force


John Stephens - Building a Replica Sopwith Camel


The Adventures of Bob Treloar AO - Huey and Fast Jet Driver


Leading Aircraftman Michael Crapella serving at 2 Operational Conversion Unit, Williamtown as an Aircraft Technician


Lesley Gent OAM - RAAF Family Energetic Wife


Wing Commander (ret) Matt Hall Fighter Pilot and Champion Red Bull Air Racer


Wing Commander Grant Burr - Still Flying at Supersonic Speeds and Still Loving It


John Kindler AO, AFC Air Vice Marshal (ret) - Ejected twice from Mirage aircraft; 1972 and 1982


Ron Haack- Moments in my life as a Air Force Test Pilot.


Sergeant Grant Biles - Hornet Aircraft Technician


Flight Lieutenant Em. F18 Fighter Pilot


WW2 Sister Joan LOUTIT, 2nd M.A.E.T.U. (Medical Air Evacuation Unit) R.A.A.F.


F-35A Lightning II Wing Commander Darren Clare


Wing Commander (ret) Jim Treadwell AFC OAM, Meteors, Sabres, Mirages.


A Chance in a Million - Related by Pete Ring & Col Tomlinson


Doctor Ron Houghton, WW 2 Bomber Pilot


RAAF Association NSW - Photo Gallery

Click on images for larger view

Mouseover for more info

ANZAC Day 2021

Commemorative Events Gallery

Airforce Association NSW Commemorative Events photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Commemorative Events photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Commemorative Events photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Commemorative Events photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Commemorative Events photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Commemorative Events photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Commemorative Events photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Commemorative Events photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Commemorative Events photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Commemorative Events photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Commemorative Events photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Commemorative Events photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Commemorative Events photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Commemorative Events photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Commemorative Events photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Commemorative Events photo gallery -

Current Air Power

Current Gallery

Airforce Association NSW Current photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Current photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Current photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Current photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Current photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Current photo gallery -

Fighter

Hornet Gallery

Airforce Association NSW Hornet photo gallery - 77 SQN Hornet
Airforce Association NSW Hornet photo gallery -

Historic Air Power

Historic Gallery

Airforce Association NSW Historic photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Historic photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Historic photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Historic photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Historic photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Historic photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Historic photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Historic photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Historic photo gallery -

Caribou at Townsville Airshow Gallery

The HARS Caribou on display at the Townsville Airshow 17 October 2016

Crew L to R Leigh Peddle Flight Engineer, Dick Elliott Co-pilot, Kent Corney Captain.

Airforce Association NSW Caribou at Townsville Airshow photo gallery -

Caribou at Wings Over Illawarra Gallery

Airforce Association NSW Caribou at Wings Over Illawarra photo gallery -

Indigenous Veterans Commemoration 2021

Event images Gallery

Airforce Association NSW Event images photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Event images photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Event images photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Event images photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Event images photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Event images photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Event images photo gallery -

People and Places

Ballina Commemoration Gallery

Ballin branch organised a Battle for Australia and Battle of Britain commemoration service on Sunday 11th September 2016. This service commemorated the 76th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the 74th anniversary of the commencement of the Battle for Australia. Branch patron Group Captain Dr David Scott delivered the service prologue, Group Captain Milton Cottee AFC MID US Air Medal (Ret'd) spoke on reflections of active service and Squadron Leader Haidee Harrison Staff Legal CSG RAAF Amberley reflected on Defence service today.

Cadets from 326 (City of Lismore) Squadron AAFC and TS Lismore ANC formed the Catafalque party and flaf bearers.

Lunch after the service was attended by 115 people where the branch made annual donations to the Ballina RSL Life Care village and 326 Squadron AAFC, Ballina Legacy, Westpac Rescue Helicopter, The Evans Head Aviation Museum and Ballina Salvation Army Church.

Four AAFC cadets were awarded with Ballin Branch 326 Squadron cadet scholarships presented by GPCAPT Scott on behalf of the branch. These scholarships financiallly support Air Force cadets from 326 Squadron towards achieving their future goals whatever career they choose.

Planning ahead! next year's Commemoration Sunday will be 10th September 2017, come visit beautiful Ballina by the Sea.

Airforce Association NSW Ballina Commemoration photo gallery - 326 Squadron & TS Lismore cadets
Airforce Association NSW Ballina Commemoration photo gallery - Cadets march onto the memorial
Airforce Association NSW Ballina Commemoration photo gallery - Distinguished Guests
Airforce Association NSW Ballina Commemoration photo gallery - Lying of wreaths
Airforce Association NSW Ballina Commemoration photo gallery - Alstonville High School Students laying a wreath
Airforce Association NSW Ballina Commemoration photo gallery - Ballina Memorial
Airforce Association NSW Ballina Commemoration photo gallery - Piper and drummer march off
Airforce Association NSW Ballina Commemoration photo gallery - GPCAPT Scott, GPCAPT Cottee Ret'd, SQNLDR Harrison and Branch President Dick Wills
Airforce Association NSW Ballina Commemoration photo gallery - Four 326 Squadron AAFC receive Ballina Branch Scholarship awards

Battle of the Bismark Sea Commemorative Luncheon 2017 Gallery

Airforce Association NSW Battle of the Bismark Sea Commemorative Luncheon 2017 photo gallery - Collage of the Commemoration service
Airforce Association NSW Battle of the Bismark Sea Commemorative Luncheon 2017 photo gallery - RAAF Richmond Officers Mess luncheon
Airforce Association NSW Battle of the Bismark Sea Commemorative Luncheon 2017 photo gallery - Major James Smith USAF

Ballina Commemoration Sunday Gallery

Airforce Association NSW Ballina Commemoration Sunday photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Ballina Commemoration Sunday photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Ballina Commemoration Sunday photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Ballina Commemoration Sunday photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Ballina Commemoration Sunday photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Ballina Commemoration Sunday photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Ballina Commemoration Sunday photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Ballina Commemoration Sunday photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Ballina Commemoration Sunday photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Ballina Commemoration Sunday photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Ballina Commemoration Sunday photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Ballina Commemoration Sunday photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Ballina Commemoration Sunday photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Ballina Commemoration Sunday photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW Ballina Commemoration Sunday photo gallery -

RAAF 97th Birthday Celebrations Sydney Cenotaph Gallery

Airforce Association NSW RAAF 97th Birthday Celebrations Sydney Cenotaph photo gallery - Centre. Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Retd), Right. Carl Schiller OAM CSM, National President.  Ron Glew President NSW Division
Airforce Association NSW RAAF 97th Birthday Celebrations Sydney Cenotaph photo gallery -
Airforce Association NSW RAAF 97th Birthday Celebrations Sydney Cenotaph photo gallery -

77 Sqn Handover CO Gallery

Wing Commander Grant Burr hands over command of 77 Sqn to Wing Commander Jason Easthope.  Watching on Air Commodore Mike Kitcher

Airforce Association NSW 77 Sqn Handover CO photo gallery - L-R Air Commodore Mike Kitcher  Commander ACG, WGCDR Jason Easthope, new CO,  WGCDR Grant Burr, retiring CO

Hunter Valley Airshow Gallery

Airforce Association NSW Hunter Valley Airshow photo gallery - Hunter Valley Airshow 2019

RAAF Association NSW Video Gallery

BBC Video Coverage RAF 100th Anniversary Flypast

BBC Video Coverage RAF 100th Anniversary Flypast

AP-3C handover to HARS on 3 Nov

AP-3C handover to HARS on 3 Nov

Conversion to Canberras

Conversion to Canberras

American Spitfire Pilot

American Spitfire Pilot

Royal Australian Air Force Tribute - 2014

Royal Australian Air Force Tribute - 2014

Australian Air Force Tribute

Australian Air Force Tribute

"Wings of Thunder" by Bomber Command Veterans

"Wings of Thunder" by Bomber Command Veterans

RAF Sunset Ceremony at RAF Scampton for the 70th Anniversary of the DAmbusters

RAF Sunset Ceremony at RAF Scampton for the 70th Anniversary of the DAmbusters

Australian Hornet Ball 2014

Australian Hornet Ball 2014

I can see you up there Daddy

I can see you up there Daddy

War Stories: Dorothy

War Stories: Dorothy

RAAF in the Pacific - Kittyhawk Strafing

RAAF in the Pacific - Kittyhawk Strafing

RAAF Roulettes Collide 1988

RAAF Roulettes Collide 1988