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 menA yellow plane flying low over snow.A wrecked plane in the snow.A silver plane is unloaded from a boat onto the icy shore.An orange plane sinking into the ice.Little red plane int the 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.