SITREP – Fighter World RAAF Base Williamtown

Kids in the Macchi cockpit at Fighter World – Williamtown

During on of our Christmas holiday adventures, my wife and I decided to make the journey with our 5 gorgeous kids to Melbourne. This would facilitate us being with my sisters and extended family for the festive season.

Given that this is approximately a 2000 kilometre journey (in the past taking us down the Newell aka: Gunbarrel Highway), we decided to make the trip a sight seeing adventure this time around, traveling via Sydney and Canberra.

Making sure this would be done whilst appeasing my flychotic condition I so tragically suffer from, saw us making the diversions to Fighter World in Newcastle and the War Memorial in Canberra.

I hadn’t been to Fighter World in almost 20 years! My father was posted at Williamtown at the time of my birth, working on the Mirage radar, so my sisters and I have some history in the area as children. It was great to show my kids around the area and the museum, explaining some of the history of different aircraft there, taking special interest in the aircraft my father worked on over his 20 year career in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). He was one of the RAAF’s key troubleshooting technicians on the Cyrano Radar, with a few great tails stemming from his time working on this great aircraft.

I was impressed by the varying types on site, and the educational displays available to the visitor. There also is a couple of cockpits that are able to be entered for a photo opportunity.

Since my visit in December 2012, F-111 (SN: A8-148) is now on display. Please check out their website: www.fighterworld.com.au for more details, and next time you on the Pacific Highway, make the detour and check out some of Australia’s awesome military aviation history.