Operation Magpies Return
"Should be no problem its pretty good up here tonight…"
Flying Officer Michael Herbert, Pilot, A84-231, 'Magpie 91', 3 November 1970.
The Royal Australian Air Force deployed No 2 Squadron Canberra bombers to the Vietnam War between 1967 and 1971. Canberra bomber A84-231, Call Sign 'Magpie 91', disappeared from radar while flying a typical night bombing mission near the border between Vietnam and Laos on the night of 3 November 1970. Following a thorough search, Flying Officer Michael Herbert and Pilot Officer Robert Carver were declared Missing in Action.
What happened to Canberra A84-231 and her crew remained a mystery for almost 39 years until renewed investigation in 2008 led to an aircraft crash site in the central Vietnamese highlands.
This exhibition presents an outline of the investigation and some of the evidence used to identify the crash site as that of Canberra A84-231. This operation, Operation Magpies Return, was to lead to the repatriation of the last two Australian Servicemen listed as Missing in Action in Vietnam on 31 August 2009.
Tarmac Terriers: RAAF Military Working Dogs
In time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first formal Security Guard training course held at RAAF Base Tottenham, Victoria, this new special exhibition looks at the history, role and operational use of dogs by the RAAF since 1943. Highlighting developments in this unique capability over the past 64 years, this exhibition also focuses on the special bond between the dog and its handler to carry out a very specialised task. The exhibition features a wide range of equipment and memorabilia from the ‘Doggie’ mustering, as well as photographs and a specially-produced audiovisual presentation.
This exhibition is open at the RAAF Museum from 9 December 2007 until June 2008. The RAAF Museum is open from 10am to 3pm Tuesday to Friday, and 10am to 5pm Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays. The Museum is closed Mondays, Christmas Day and Good Friday, and admission is free.
Sport has always been a large part of military life. Team sports develop cooperation, leadership and physical fitness. Royal Australian Air Force teams play regularly against other defence force and civilian teams and sometimes compete at a national and international level.
Since 1921, Air Force personnel and teams have competed in all kinds of sporting pursuits, from cricket and football to skiing, shooting and netball. This exhibition provides a glimpse of the variety of Air Force sports played over the last 85 years.
Safety through knowledge: 50 years of RAAF Aviation Medicine
Since 1944, the RAAF Institute of Aviation Medicine (AVMED) and its predecessors have been providing specialised training to aircrew and aviation medicine expertise. This special exhibition covered the entire history of the Institute of Aviation Medicine, from humble beginnings at Point Cook through to the formation of the institute as an independent unit in 1956, and the impact of changing technology on aviation medicine over the past 50 years.
Guarding the peace: The RAAF in Japan 1945-1951
Open at the RAAF Museum between and July 2005 was the Special Exhibition titled Guarding the Peace: The RAAF in Japan 1945–51. The exhibition commemorated the 60th anniversary of the end of the war against Japan.
Smoke on, go! The RAAF's aerobatic teams
Formation flying is a skill that military pilots must learn and practice throughout their career. Performing a complex aerobatic routine with other aircraft three metres from your wing is the ultimate.
A journey of flight: 75 years of Australian Aerospace
Hawker de Havilland and its various predecessors have had a proud association with aircraft design and production in Australia for 75 years.