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AIR FORCE September 17, 2009
By FLTLT Jaimie Abbott
IT'S SET to be one of the big-
gest events at RAAF Base Edinburgh.
Thousands of current and former mili-
tary personnel will turn out for the 70th
anniversary of 10 and 11SQNs from
September 24 to 26.
Three generations of Maritime Patrol
aircraft will be lined up on the flight-
line. A Catalina, Neptune, and an AP-3C
will all be on display during the three-
day commemorations. The Catalina and
Neptune along with a former Aircraft
Research and Development Unit Dakota
aircraft are being flown to Edinburgh
by the Historical Aircraft Restoration
CO 10SQN WGCDR Kevin Murray
said the event would be the opportu-
nity to reflect on 70 years of service to
Australia in which members of these
squadrons had served and lost their lives.
"10SQN was the only RAAF squad-
ron to see continuous active service
throughout World War II, and we have
invited veterans to attend this event along
with anyone else who has ever been a
part of the squadron," WGCDR Murray
The Maritime-based 92WG squad-
rons have made the transition to numer-
By FLGOFF Bettina Mears
A KEY highlight of the De-
fence Force Air Display Towns-
ville on September 26 will be one
of the city's own residents -- the
38SQN DHC-4 Caribou.
Long a feature of Australian
air shows and open days since its
introduction in 1964, the Caribou's
unique handling characteristics
make it a popular attraction.
The 38SQN display will include
a formation flypast of three aircraft,
along with a single aircraft handling
SQNLDR Ross Benson and
FLTLT Ali Torr will pilot the han-
"The flying display, which will
be conducted over The Strand, will
include a combination of manoeu-
vres requiring precise timing and
coordination by all crew members,"
FLTLT Torr said.
"Most of the manoeuvres will be
conducted at a minimum height of
200 feet, so it is quite important that
the crew are well trained and com-
fortable with the flying display."
The display will also include the
air-drop of an Air Sea Rescue Kit,
which is used to drop supplies and
dinghies to survivors at sea.
The sentiment of flying one of
the Caribou's last handling displays
is apparent to all crew members,
closing a curtain on the aircraft's
45-year career with the Air Force.
"It will be sad to be flying the
'Bou for its last air show appear-
ances," SQNLDR Benson said.
"There is a lot we shall miss,
especially in PNG where it is the
only fixed wing aircraft able to land
and take off from the airfields we
train for. The ability to fly with your
elbow resting on the window sill is
another thing I shall miss."
The Defence Force Air Display
Townsville is the eighth in the
series of annual air shows to be held
around Australia at major Air Force
In a break with tradition, the
Townsville display will be held
over The Strand and nearby waters
instead of at the base.
In addition to the extraordinary
versatility to be displayed by the
Caribous, two big draw cards will be
the United States Air Force aerobat-
ics team, the Thunderbirds, who will
demonstrate their incredible routines
in six F-16 aircraft, and the RAAF's
own Roulettes in their PC-9As.
Accompanying the Thunderbirds
to the display will be two US C-17s
and two KC-10 tankers.
Other aircraft planned to feature
include the RAAF's F/A-18, F-111,
C-17 and C-130, Army's Black
Hawk and Chinook, a Qantas Dash-
8 or B-737, Tigermoth, Neptune,
Dakota and Nanchang warbirds and
the Iroquois 'Huey' helicopter.
After the aerial spectaculars,
the ADF will continue to wow the
crowds in the evening with a 90-
minute concert by the Air Force and
1st Battalion bands and a fireworks
display, supported by a traditional
F-111 dump and burn.
The air display will commence
at 2.30pm and will go for approxi-
mately three hours.
For more information, visit www.air-
Bou to boost
ous aircraft frames over the past seven
decades. They have been home to the
Lincoln, Dakota, Sunderland, Catalina
and Neptune aircraft prior to making the
switch to P-3 and AP-3C Orions.
CO 11SQN WGCDR Phillip
Champion said there would be the
opportunity for generations of squadron
members to re-unite during an anniver-
sary dinner at the Adelaide Convention
"Many of the personnel have been
involved in a range of operations includ-
ing the Pacific Campaign of World War
II, the Malayan Emergency, East Timor
and more recently the Middle East,"
WGCDR Champion said.
"Our AP-3C crews and maintainers
continue to make significant contribu-
tions in the Middle East with maritime
surveillance tasks and overland opera-
Up to 1000 people will attend the
anniversary parade on September 25.
During the celebrations, both squad-
rons will unveil alternative nose and tail
arts on two AP-3Cs to symbolise the
squadrons' involvement in World War II.
RAAF Base Edinburgh has been the
home to the Orion aircraft since May 26,
For more information on the anniversary
celebrations, visit www.ednwelfare.com.
Orion squadrons to
celebrate 70 years
with birthday bash
Base open day
after the show
Townsville will give
locals and visitors to
Townsville a unique
opportunity to get
behind the scenes
when it opens to the
public from 9.30am
to 3pm on September
27.Although no flying
is planned, people
will be able to meet
the crews of the air-
craft that participated
in the air display as
well as see displays
of Air Force and Army
military hardware and
IT'S SHOW TIME: One of the highlights of the upcoming Defence Force Air Display Townsville will be the
formation flypast of three Caribou aircraft, as well as a single aircraft flying display. It will be one of the
last air show appearances of the popular local icon.
Photo: LAC Scott Woodward
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