Antonov 124 visits Adelaide

On 26/8/14 an Antonov 124 visted Adelaide to deliver 84 tonnes of mining equipment. It arrived around 3.30pm and deprted the next day at 6.50am. On arrival both ends of the plane were opened up and a ramp had to be assembled from the front to offload some of the cargo.

5DME have heard that many people arrived the next day to see the huge aircraft depart however, a mistake in the departure time by main stream media left everyone disappointed.

Just so those who went to take a look don’t miss out, here is a short video that the 5DME.NET crew shot when the aircraft arrived…. These are truly huge machines and one cannot fail to be impressed when up close!

Antonov 124 at Adelaide Airport 26 August 2014 from Video Magic Productions on Vimeo.

NOTE: This is unedited video and does have a few repo knocks. You can see the completed version in the next episode of AVIATION NOW.

Adelaide Airport records double digit international growth for the third consecutive year

Adelaide Airport Limited (AAL) has reported strong total passenger growth of 5.0% and outstanding international passenger growth of 25.5% for the financial year ended 30 June 2014.

International passenger growth reflects both an improvement in load factors and a +17.0% increase in capacity, largely due to the commencement of Air Asia X and Jetstar’s international services in the second quarter which brought low cost international travel to the Adelaide market and the option of a second carrier on several popular routes.

The international growth continues the trend of outstanding international passenger growth seen at Adelaide Airport over the last few years, with growth of 13.0% and 14.8% reported for FY12 and FY13 respectively.

Managing Director Mark Young said “the 25.5% international passenger growth seen at Adelaide Airport is a remarkable result and crowns three consecutive years of double digit international passenger growth. Our consistent growth has caught the attention of international carriers and resulted in a substantial improvement in the availability of direct services out of Adelaide. We now have 53 international services operating directly from Adelaide per week, compared to 33 this time three years ago.”

Domestic performance was strong despite the tough operating environment with domestic passengers growing +3.5% to 6.2 million for the year. The domestic growth reflects both an improvement in average load factors and capacity increases across the network, with an additional 238,000 (+3.1%) seats in comparison to the previous corresponding period.

Regional passengers decreased by -4.7% on prior year primarily as a result of a reduction in resource industry related traffic, however, this somewhat stabilised in the second half.

F-111C A8-132 Final Journey

F-111C A8-132 Final Journey

Location: Edinburgh RAAF Base, South Australia

Time Frame: 12th August 2011

A special thanks to:

  • RAAF
  • Defence Public Relations


5DME attended the official Media Event for the return of ex-ARDU F-111 A8-132 to RAAF base Edinburgh. We interviewed a past F-111 flight officer and spoke with the CEO of ARDU. Edinburgh is where F-111 A8-132 began it’s life for ARDU in Australia. More pictures to be added to our gallery soon.

The aircraft was not unloaded while we were there but the crew from Bell Heavy Haulage maneuvered the rig precisely and the Samaras crane team along with Airforce personnel lifted the wings onto dollies with precision. Hopefully, the aircraft will be reassembled over the next few weeks.


Transportation of F-111C A8-132

A8-132 a retired Royal Australian Air Force F-111C has just ended a four day road trip which began on Monday 8th August 2011 at Amberley RAAF Base in Queensland. The aircraft passed through several regional towns in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia before ending its journey at the Edinburgh RAAF Base. The aircraft had its wings and tail fin removed for the journey.

F-111’s were in service until the fleet was retired in December 2010 after 37 years of operation. A8-132 is to be on display at Edinburgh as of next year. A historic aircraft in its own right due to its extensive use as a flight trials aircraft by ARDU (Aircraft Research & Development Unit) at Edinburgh between 1979 and 1998. A8-132 was conceivably the most important F-111 in the fleet as it was used in the role in clearing new weapons for use.

30+ major trials were conducted by ARDU using A8-132. After its last trial in 1998 the F-111 A8-132 returned to the fleet to resume duties as a strike aircraft. The colour scheme of white lower surfaces and a camouflage upper surface provided contrast images when testing release of weapons during its time with ARDU.

A8-132 was the 8th aircraft from the production line destined for the RAAF in Australia. It arrived on 27th July 1973 and its last flight was on 24th May 2010 with over 4900 hours on the clock.

A8-132 will be reassembled over the coming weeks and will be placed on public display next year.



Photos by D2


RAAF F-111 A8-132 Returns to Edinburgh

Photos by D2



Article by David Hales using information supplied by Defence Public Relations.

Greenock Aviation Museum

Greenock Aviation Museum

Location: Greenock, South Australia

Time Frame: 20th May 2011

A special thanks to:

  • Lincoln Nitschke
5DME recently visited Lincoln Nitschke’s Greenock Aviation Museum. We were greeted by Lincoln on arrival and after a short chat were off touring the museum. 


Lincoln’s interest in avaition began in his teenage years. Learning to fly and subsequently being endorsed on several aircraft. During his early flying career visiting airfields abroad was common. At one field there were aircraft lining the sides of the runway. He could have started his collection then. However, it was not until later that the interest in collecting was started.


THE MUSEUMThe museum which is located north of Adelaide approximately 3 kilometres along the Kapunda Road out of Greenock is host to a Camberra Bomber, a P51 Mustang, many static displays, photographs, pictures and a collection of over 1400 1/72 scale models.

Visitors can browse at their own pace and Lincoln is a rich source of information about the displays and aviation history.



Groups tours are welcomed and a barbeque can be arranged for groups of 20 or more. (conditions apply)



There is a museum Gift Shop with books and memorabilia. Local cottage industry produce and craftwork from the Barossa region is also available.


MUSEUM HOURS (as advertised on our visit of 29th May 2011)

Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm

Corner of the Kapunda Road and Nitschke Road (approx. 3kms north of Greenock)

Adults $5, Children $2 (under 16)

Clubs and groups: adults $4, children $1 (under 16)

Barbeque costs: Adults $6, children $3 (under 16)

Afternoon tea: $3 for adults.


NOTE: Please visit the museum’s web site to confirm pricing and opening hours.