Having sold the first 500 of the 1,000 limited-edition sets of the Air Force Centenary Medallions hours after we made them available in early April, we wanted to create our second edition of these must-have collectors’ items with the help of our customers through the Pick-A-Plane Poll.
The task was to choose the top six favourites from a list of iconic and popular RAAF aircraft, with an opportunity to nominate a plane not pre-listed.
KEY POINT: All throughout the survey period, F-111 stayed at the top.
Partial results as of May 27, 2021.
Partial Results June 1, 2021.
On June 8, the Beaufighter overtook the F-35 and the P-51D climbed a few places and became second in the running.
Partial Results June 8, 2021.
The results from more than 2,000 people who participated in the poll are summarised below:
A total of 2257 respondents.
With the P-51D Mustang and the Kittyhawk, both WW2 fighter aircraft, making it to the top 6, only the first will make it to the new commission. Further, the CAC Sabre, the Australian variant, was chosen over the British-built Beaufighter. This was to broaden the representation of planes over time periods in this new range of limited-edition medallions. However, rest assured that due to the wonderful feedback, we will use the Kittyhawk and the Beaufighter as well as the other planes in the development of new Air Force products in due course.
The Planes that Got Picked
We are pleased to announced that the six RAAF aircraft that have been commissioned to Drew Harrison, one of Australia's military aviation artists and the man behind 'Then. Now. Always.' Centenary of the Royal Australian Air Force Artwork, are as follows:
2. P-51D Mustang
3. Lancaster Bomber
4. C-130 Hercules
6. CAC Sabre
Work in progress (Photo from Drew Harrison)
A Note on the Nominated Planes
We received over a 100 suggestions, each garnering a couple to a few hundred votes. The top 15 nominees are listed below, all under consideration for future product developments if not yet available (except for No. 15 as this does not belong to RAAF).
7. Super Hornet
15. NOT RAAF
*All Air Force 100 products listed above are also available for purchase via the Air Force Shop