In June 2004 the Air Power Development Centre began publishing a fortnightly bulletin called Pathfinder. The purpose of this bulletin is to canvas issues of interest to the community involved with air power and RAAF history.
The Pathfinder series covers a range of issue from: strategy, historical analyses, operations, administration, logistics, education and training, people, command and control, technology to name a few. Irrespective of subject though, Pathfinders will always be focused on the relevance to air power; they are not intended to be just a narrative but deliver a measure of analysis.
The Pathfinder title was chosen as a tribute to the World War II Pathfinder Force that operated within RAF Bomber Command from August 1942, forming an elite navigational group which preceded each raid and accurately illuminated the target area with incendiaries to permit visual bombing by the main force. The emblem adopted was the ‘Fiery Mo’ insignia that unofficially adorned the Hudson aircraft of No 6 Squadron, RAAF, in New Guinea during 1943.