Ever since his first inspirational flight in an Australian Mustang, Steven Potter has been curious to find out more. Here he reveals the stories behind the proliferation of the type ‘Down Under’
I first became acquainted with Snifter about ten years ago during an annual Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aircrew reunion in the New South Wales city of Tamworth. As this Mustang’s sleek silver airframe soared gracefully through clear blue skies, I felt a wave of emotion as I heard the distinctive growl of its Packard-built Merlin engine. While its flypast was in stark contrast to the thunderous spectacle of the RAAF F-111’s party piece just moments before – the famous ‘dump and burn’ – my thoughts inevitably turned to a bygone generation.