Episode 684: The Blackhawks are dead, long live the Blackhawks

There’s been a grave disturbance in the Force as another military platform gets retired (but not for long) and Qantas announces it’s replacing its Boeing 737-800s with aircraft from the A320 family. You bet the boys will have commentary and opinions on these matters, so here they are:

Army Blackhawk over Sydney Harbour (Seth Jaworski)

Army Blackhawk A25-203 over Sydney Harbour (photograph by Seth Jaworski from March 2012)

Army Blackhawk over Sydney Harbour (Seth Jaworski)

Army Blackhawk A25-203 over Sydney Harbour (photograph by Seth Jaworski from March 2012)

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Episode 682: Farewell to the Classic Hornet

With the sad news that the RAAF have withdrawn the F/A-18 A & B aircraft from service this week, the boys are joined by Stewart Wilson, a well known aviation author and historian in Australia, to discuss their history in RAAF service. They even mention why these models are referred to as “Classic Hornets” in Australia rather than “Legacy Hornets” as the US military calls them.

RAAF F/A-18A Hornet A21-8 at Wings Over Illawarra - Image by Jai Balmer

RAAF F/A-18A Hornet A21-8 (msn 306/AF-08 – delivered 28 Aug 1986) in 75SQN markings, departs RWY16 at Shellharbour Airport (NSW) for its final public display at the Wings Over Illawarra Airshow – 28 Nov 2021 (Image by Jai Balmer)

Group Captain Jason Easthope shuts down A21-8 (image by Jai Balmer)

Group Captain Jason Easthope – aka “Easty” – shuts down A21-8 after the final public display of the RAAF F/A-18A Hornet at WIngs Over Illawarra, 28 Nov 2021 (image by Jai Balmer)

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Episode 679: Opened borders allow a QF A380 to return plus RAAF rumours galore

The boys are back and Grant’s had to get Steve up at the crack of noon to record an Oz Desk much earlier than usual, but there’s so much to discuss and so much to do, like maybe flying somewhere outside of Melbourne?

No photos of the boys recording this episode as “I just woke up” is not a good look :)

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Episode 675: More Romeos, please, and let’s get International again

The boys are back for another Oz Desk and, despite being well over a year since their last one, everything works out just fine with no hassles, hijinks or shenanigans. Who knew?

Steve & Grant recording in their studios

Steve & Grant recording AusDesk 675 in their home studios

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Episode 614: The last Qantas 747 has left the party

Despite the best efforts of COVID to turn Victoria into Sick-toria (the infectious state) and Melbourne being locked down like East Berlin, the boys have managed to get another Oz Desk produced for Max to (hopefully :) ) allow into the show :)

  • Yet another crew have used their flight path to draw in the sky and this time it’s the the last Qantas 747 being flown to the USA for storage at Victorville. After plenty of secret planning & sim sessions, VH-OEJ departed Sydney airport with only cargo on board, did two passes along the harbour and then flew over the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society’s Albion Park site (where Qantas’ first 747-400 VH-OJA is on display) before turning for LAX. It then proceeded to draw a giant flying-kangaroo in the sky, taking 90 minutes to do so.
  • Moorabbin airport has started evicting aviation businesses in order to make more room for non-aviation commercial developments. While this work was included in Moorabbin Airport Corporation’s master plan back in 2015, it’s hitting doubly hard due to the businesses being impacted by COVID-19.
Steve & Grant recording

Would you buy a used podcast from these guys?

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