Remarkable New Lead

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Following around two months of research by ourselves working with a government department, we’ve uncovered what has to be our most amazing lead yet.

Following the end of World War II, 6AD Oakey was effectively shut down and the 550 aircraft that had arrived there were left out in the paddocks around the airfield awaiting disposal. The order of the day to base personnel was, ‘once you’ve cleared out the hangars and storage areas, you can go home’.

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So as we’ve heard time and time again there was a mad rush to get rid of everything any way the personnel could. if there was a creek, a gully, a culvert, a depression in a paddock and of course a mine shaft, stuff was dumped in it. As long as it was gone from the base, that’s all anyone cared about. Which leads us to our discovery.

On the 15th November 1945, around the time when base personnel were furiously demobbing and clearing out the base any way they could a report appeared in an obscure, but official government document. And here’s the killer –

It gives us the EXACT location where some of the base rubbish/equipment/junk was dumped. And the location was BIG. We believe this site has never been explored before. So to keep things on the quiet, we’ve had to hide the exact location (sorry) from the text. Here’s what was written:

“Large lorry loads of rubbish from the Oakey RAAF Depot have been dumped in a xxxx xxxx xxxx about xxxx yards from the xxxx xxxx from xxxx to xxxx at xxxx.”

Just incredible. Now if we could just find the money to get up there and do something about it…

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Broken Wings ‘Moments’ go live

Since we began Broken Wings all those years ago, we’ve come across an amazingly diverse range of people who have shared their stories in interviews that we’ve conducted all over Australia. Everyone from former RAAF pilots, ground crew and serving military personnel to museum curators, aviation engineers, farmers, aircraft collectors, restorers and the list goes on. And in those interviews will feature heavily in our documentary when it’s completed.

Given we have so much wonderful material – literally terabytes of the stuff – we thought rather than wait until the doco is complete, we’d start putting up what we’ve called ‘Broken Wings Moments’. Short one to two minute clips from our many interviewees to give you a sense of the breadth of this story and how it’s almost become folklore throughout Australia.

Every week we’ll be uploading two or three clips to YouTube and there’ll be links to them on the homepage of our website and through our Facebook page. Hope you enjoy them.

Tyabb Air Show A Huge Success

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The Tyabb Air Show is over for another year – well two years actually and there’s just one word that accurately describes it… sensational. It might not be the biggest, the loudest, have the biggest budget or the overseas blow ins. But what is does have is community. A place where people with a passion all get together and enjoy themselves in an atmosphere akin to a country fair. You’re up closer to the action better than just about any other Air Show in the country. The aircraft aren’t miles away from the crowds, they’re right there in front of you. You can talk to the pilots, the ground crew and just get this real down to earth sort of feel about it. 

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So to the organisers, the pilots, the mechanics, the aircraft owners, the volunteers and club members, a huge thank you and congratulations for putting on such a superb, and the biggest, Tyabb Air Show yet. One that will no doubt get bigger in the future.

We were there in more of an official capacity after being asked by the ‘Plane Crazy’ guys to assist in shooting and editing the Air Show for their official DVD. So we do have some amazing footage ‘in the can’ – including Matt Denning’s formation flight in his CT-4 with our new fly360 camera. As its name suggests it’s a 360 degree camera that enables you to view the action from just about any angle, while the video is playing. We’ll put it up on line once we’ve given it a slight grade and cut it down a little. We also have some amazing drone footage shot in 4K by the guys from Skysight, here in Melbourne who were granted special permission from CASA to operate not only over the airfield but over the public areas of the Air Show.

We’ve just uploaded 60 images from the air show to a new gallery page which can be found here.

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This weeks Moment

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What Is Broken Wings

Broken Wings is a documentary film currently in production in Melbourne, Australia. It explores the legend that a quantity of brand new Spitfires still in their original shipping crates, are buried somewhere around the township of Oakey in southern Queensland. Some 553 Spitfires along with Kittyhawks, Mustangs and Boomerangs were disposed of at 6 Aircraft Depot, Oakey at the conclusion of World War II. James Carter and Karl von Moller, both warbird enthusiasts and film makers from Melbourne are behind the venture and it’s their fascination with warbird aircraft and a desire to tell a remarkable story, that’s been driving this exciting project for the past 16 years.

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View Our First Trailer

To give you some sense as to how the whole project is taking shape, we’ve completed our first trailer for Broken Wings. It’s by no means the final trailer, but it will give you some sense of where the project is heading. Of course with our recent trip to Vanuatu now in the mix, things might take a different direction and we may fold Broken Wings into Wreck Adventures. But now that we’ve just completed the next phase of interviews and filming, we’re putting together another trailer that will provide even greater taste for what lies ahead. We hope to have the trailer completed soon, so keep an eye out on the website. In the meantime, click on the image and get a feeling for why it’s such an exciting project.

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