1235

The Albatross and the Buffalo

The History of 9 and 12 Squadrons of the RAAF

Overview

Genre
History
Synopsis

I grew up around RAAF bases. My father was a helicopter pilot and as a kid, his world seemed larger than life. Stories of Vietnam, visiting the base and being held spellbound by the amazing aircraft, catching rides in the back of a Chinook, even having dad bring a Chinook to my primary school for show-and-tell (I still wonder how he justified that one… public relations maybe?).
All these memories came flooding back when I received some photo albums and boxes of memorabilia my mother had kept stored away. Photos of faces I could recognise, names that rang a bell, images that reminded me of the smell of “avgas” and the woca-woca sound of helicopter rotors. I wanted to know the stories of these men and their machines that was so much a part of my distant past. But I can’t ask my father as I lost him to cancer when I was in my early 20s, not too long after he had retired from the RAAF. This has given me a sense of urgency: What other stories have been lost, and what stories do we still hav

Stage
in production
Running time
90 minutes

Credits

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Perfekt Studios
Country
Australia
Years of Production
2019-2020
Locations
Brisbane, Australia

Distribution Details

Release year
2020
Language
English

Photos

380_raaf_amberly-1024x552_thumb

Browse documentary films on The D-Word