Fixed wing aircraft

Vintage photo of a varied group of men, some in trench coats with large cameras, listen to a single male speaker
Minister for External Affairs, Sir Richard Casey speaking to media at the handover of the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver aircraft in Melbourne, 1955. (Photo: Ivan Fox)
A small plane is moved by crane from a large ship onto ice and is guided by four menDHC-2 Beaver flying over Mt Henderson 1959Beaver aircraft destroyed in a blizzard near aircraft hangar at Mawson 1959Dakota coming ashore at Mawson 1960 Beaver loaded with personnel and equipment broke through rotten ice while taxiing, 7 February 1965Little red plane int eh sky over the ice.

Since the early days of Australia's Antarctic operations, the use of fixed wing aircraft has played a vital role in enhancing our logistical and scientific capabilities in the region.

For many decades, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Antarctic Flight assisted the Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions (ANARE) to explore, map and survey using a variety of fixed wing aircraft.

Today, Australia's Antarctic aviation system consists of an intercontinental chartered air service from Hobart to Wilkins Aerodrome near Casey station, and intracontinental services provided by fixed wing aircraft operators that link the stations and provide access to other areas of the continent for scientific field work.