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The 2014 RAAF Heritage Awards Prize Winners

The biennial RAAF Heritage Awards competition for 2014 was publically announced at the RAAF Air Power Conference Reception on 12 March. First established in 1987, the Awards are intended to enhance the Air Force’s historical records by encouraging individuals to produce original artistic and literary works that record and represent the range of Air Force activities since the inception of the RAAF in 1921.

The 2014 Heritage Art awards were again very competitive with one of the largest numbers of entries received. The artists demonstrated their artistic abilities and their detailed knowledge of the RAAF by producing artworks which will have an enduring heritage value. The authors who submitted entries for the Heritage Literature awards this year had all clearly spent much time and effort on their historical research. The Heritage Awards were judged by Chief of Air Force, with the assistance of a panel of assessors composed of representatives from the Air Power Development Centre, Office of Air Force History, the RAAF Museum and the Australian War Memorial.

The first prize for art ($5000) went to Drew Harrison's painting Operation Falconer which depicts F/A-18 Hornets over Iraq. The second prize for art ($2500) went to Christopher Taylor's painting Donning Flying Kit depicting the RAAF Roulettes aerobatic display team preparing for a training flight.

The first prize for literature ($7500) went to Alf Batchelder’s On Laughter-Silvered Wings - A Biography of Henry Lacy Smith. The second prize for literature ($3500) went to Bob Howe's Dreadful Lady Over the Mekong Delta: A No 2 Squadron Canberra Bomb Aimer's Record.

The Heritage Fellowship was granted to Dr Tony Brady for his proposal Shifting Perspectives: The Empire Air Training Scheme as Reported in the Press.

The next RAAF Heritage Awards competition will open in 2015, with the winners to be announced in the first half of 2016. For further information on the next competition, as well as a look at this year’s entrants, keep an eye on the Air Power Development Centre website.


- WINNER of the 2014 Heritage Award for Art -
Artist: Drew Harrison
Title: Operation Falconer

- SECOND PRIZE of the 2014 Heritage Award for Art -
Artist: Christopher Taylor
Title: Donning Flying Kit

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