The owner of Heritage Flightgear Displays and author of the webpage, Phil Buckley, who is based in Sydney, aged 36,  is an aviation enthusiast who has had a life long interest in aviation …..for over 26years. Since 1984 I have attended many airshows, airports and had many joyflights and flights around Australia and overseas. The interest in warbirds began in the mid 1980s from reading magazine and books on WW2 / Korean War  / Vietnam War and has grown from there.Combined with the new hobbie of collecting and restoring flightgear from 1996, the passion for warbirds has grown to cover many areas. Collecting flightgear has enabled me to understand the relationship between pilot and aircraft much better and what it takes for a military pilot to survive and fight another day.WARBIRD INDUSTRY AND NETWORKING
AWAL – I nowdays share my interest / passion with the rest of Australia in seeing flying warbirds by using various methods to help the Australian Warbird community. I am active with the Australia Warbird Association Limited – AWAL – as a member and networking with many people each year to learn and gain more insight to warbird operations..
As i dont fly as a pilot due to medical reasons, I hope the small efforts that i do will somehow help contribute to ensuring the various owners and museums are able to keep the heritage of the military warbirds alive long into the future.

Aircraft museums/owners – I have has worked with various museums and aircraft owners since 2008 to organise warbird photo shoots with flight gear, helped to make museums/airshow/open days/events more interesting for the general public with displays and is fostering new relationship with many Australian and US warbird owners.

In the next few years I am expecting to acquire a warbird cockpit or potentially a warbird aircraft to restore depending on how things pan out.


A bit about me / why i have the webpage up…..

My blog is an outlet to share some of my media work and travels over the years / past trips around Australia and overseas, such as visiting intrastate trips, volunteer work I have done or overseas trips to World War 1 battlefields in Turkey, France and Belgium.This webpage will also show some of my photographic skills off at times – I am known for my creative composition and artistic photo results.

I am involved in a variety of interests, some which are for me evolving into a new career path over time. My main interests see me assisting at various railway and aviation tourism projects located around NSW in roles covering management, general duties and media duties.

Over the years due to my work and involvement in various community projects, I have built a varied and interesting media profile up. I have appeared in many media events over the years –

  • I once did modelling work in the mid 1990s with it been published in the Sun Herald newspaper,
  • I have featured in a TV interview with Channel 7 news in Sydney during 2006 regarding railway operations,
  •  I have done many radio and newspaper interviews since 2009 for railway heritage work across NSW. I have been involved in around 20 radio interviews and 15 newspapers interviews, so I think I have a good understanding of media operations.

Due to my interest in saving heritage buildings and aircraft, I have become involved with volunteer tourism projects across NSW. My media skills are regularly seen at Gundagai Heritage Railway and Glenreagh Mountain Railway projects. I also provide support and assistance to other heritage railway projects located at Canowindra, Temora and Eskbank. I have provided assistance to Bombala and Merriwa rail projects in the past. Through my efforts various projects have also gained new membership, new sponsors and donations in some cases due to my connections.

Other past examples of my volunteer work has seen me hold roles at –

M.V Baragoola – I did some media work helping to promote the saving of the ferry and was also a general volunteer work onboard this historic / Sydney’s oldest harbour ferry. I worked  along side others from the preservation association during 2010-2011.

3801 Ltd – I volunteered as a general worker during 2008-2010 where i assisted others in maintaining and  restoring various heritage rollingstock such as carriages, diesels and steam trains.


One of my other hobbies is  that I am passionate to share what i see and record to enable others who can t see these events, to have an insight and understand. This happens with my photographic / journalist writings, where I have contributed to 3 well known Australian aviation and railway magazines.

Being a writer/journalist/photographer these roles allow me to travel to historical places, interview many different people and see some very interesting events. I have been writing since 2009 with my work published in popular magazines such as Railway Digest, Australian Railway History and Australian Pilot. Recently I have been asked by a US/global webpage, http://www.warbirdnews.com to contribute to on a regular basis.

My writing covers business / military / airshow / heritage features stories or reviews, warbird news and pilot profiles.

I am also looking at expanding using my technical/heritage adviser skills to assist with film work working with film directors and producers who make military/war movies in next few years.


  1. Peter Tulloch says:

    Great work mate
    I thought that I was the only flight gear nut around.
    I will look out for you at the next Avalon air show
    Keep the awesome work

  2. Admin says:

    I may or may not be at Avalon. Great to know your a collector as well 🙂

  3. Manny says:

    Flight gear Question: USAF/RAAF Nomex vs. RAF Leather Pilot Gloves.

    Hi Phil,

    Great information about the move from the USAAF Type B-3/A gloves to Nomex in 1960’s. I believe the RAAF issued the RAF-style white capeskin leather gloves to aircrew in the 1950’s-60’s? Was it due to cost, sweaty palms, and/or is leather not as fire-retardant, hence the switch to Nomex in the RAAF?

    I have used both for work and in hot weather my RAF-issue gloves can get a bit “crusty” from sweat.

    Keep up the good work!


  4. Admin says:

    Yes they did issue RAF style gloves i have seen elsewhere… not sure who or how long for. Obviously the cotton and leather didnt protect as well as Nomex did hence the switch over.

  5. Byron Hukee says:

    Phil, please contact me to square away your improper use of my Skyraider images from skyraider.org without prior approval.

  6. Hi Byron, I understood at the time of the photos i obtained the approval to use them with credit. This was around 2008-2010. Haven i not put the credit as I always do when I know who is the photographer, and in cases where there is no way to know who, i try my best to find. Im sorry if there is no credit what would you like me to do? Phil, Sydney.

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