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About Us

The principals of the Historical Aviation Film Unit are:

Videographer, Editor
Photographer, Producer


Allan specialises in moving images, and the written word. Having developed a passion for video editing in 2001, he's been filming aircraft and motor vehicles ever since. Allan also crafts much of HAFU's written work, including the design and publishing of HAFU's books, and a number of magazine articles that we've submitted over the years.

Between writing and video filming/editing assignments, Allan is a professional software engineer who has been writing sophisticated database systems since the late 1980's.


Alex is HAFU's photographer, and he's been taking high quality photographs of aircraft and motor vehicles since 1999. In addition to having a life-long interest in military aviation, Alex is also an accredited motorsport photographer and can frequently be found at one race track or another in Australasia (and sometimes further afield).

Outside of HAFU activities Alex fills his time as a professional photographer, and sometimes still uses his project management skills from a previous professional life to good effect.

In addition to Allan and Alex there are a number of other people who work closely with HAFU and who may be spotted wearing one of our hi-vis vests at various locations or events:

Tony Haycock: Interviewer/Researcher

Wayne Bradly: Sometimes Camera Assistant, and Chief Runner


 One of our recently released videos.


Our Archive Is Available For Production Companies

We can (and do) make some of our high resolution photographs or video footage available for use in books, magazines, broadcast TV programmes, or other documentary video productions.

In general you should expect to pay for the use of our library footage and/or still images, as it does cost us to capture and archive the material in the first place. Likewise there is a time factor and cost involved with dealing with individual requests that we have to take into consideration However, we always to try and keep useage and licensing charges to a reasonable and realistic level.

We're happy to hear from you. In the first instance you should explain to us what your project is, what resources you are looking for and what you want to do with the material we provide. You should also make us an offer of how much you are willing to pay for the material. Generally we do not have a fixed schedule of fees as we prefer to negotiate with you a fee that is appropriate for the use of the material and one that fits within your production budget (we find this approach is more equitable for production companies of various sizes).

Please note that the videos on our Online Channel represent only a portion of what we have in our archive, particularly with respect to our footage of World War One aircraft. We currently have what is probably one of the worlds largest archives of contemporary footage of World War One aircraft types.

If you have any questions about this site, what we do, or indeed anything else, email us at:



Some of our Magazine Covers From Years Gone By...

Av News 1206
Aviation News
July 2012
Aviation News
December 2011
Aviation News
November 2011
Pacific Wings
June 2010
Windsock Journal
June 2007
Pacific Wings
Dec 2003 - Jan 2004
Pacific Wings
February 2003
Over The Front
Winter 2003

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