Lloyd Marken is a freelance writer with a passion for the arts who has been published with Scenestr, Heavy, Buzz, X-Press, FilmInk and Weekend Notes. Visit my blog at https://backtothedrawingboardproductions.com/
Published April 13th 2021
100 years of RAAF history on display at Fighter World
Photos: Lloyd Marken - The Main Hangar at FIghter World
Located just a 30-minute drive from Newcastle is Fighter World at RAAF Williamtown, where aircraft that once flew thousands of feet above our heads and faster than the speed of sound can now be seen up close and personal.
Photos: Lloyd Marken Main Entrance to Fighter World at RAAF Williamtown
Waiting outside, I noted a large photo of a F/A-18 Hornet featured prominently at the entrance. As the current fighter aircraft of the Royal Australian Air Force that made sense, but I mentioned that of all the aircraft inside - the Hornet would not be one.
A local turned around and said, "Don't worry, we'll have it soon enough."
Of this, I have no doubt.
Fighter World is a source of pride for the local community. It is through community effort that such a large amount of fighter planes have been collected and preserved.
Photos: Lloyd Marken - The 'Raymond Terrace' Sabre A95-959.
The first aircraft that broke the sound barrier in Australia was an Australian licence built CAC Avon Sabre. There are two Sabres kept at the tourist attraction. One is 'The Raymond Terrace Sabre' A94-959, which was obtained and kept by the Raymond Terrace Lions Club for 31 years before being transported to the aviation heritage centre. It now sits proudly out front, continuing to be preserved for generations to come, after hours of work from volunteers.
The kind of volunteers, like Nelson Bay local, Mr Norman Forrester, who over a period of 40 years made over 300 model aircraft that are proudly displayed around the main hangar. Impressively, every model was hand-made by Mr Forrester, mostly carved out of wood and with no pre-formed parts.
Photos: Lloyd Marken - Aircraft overhead at Fighter World.