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First to ride a Rhino
FLTLT Skye Smith
BREAKING the sound barrier was an ex-
perience Ipswich Mayor Councillor Paul
Pisasale would never forget when he took
to the skies as the first civilian passenger
in an Australian Super Hornet on June 1.
Cr Pisasale strapped into aircraft
202, affectionately dubbed the 'City of
Ipswich', for the flight of his life.
Aircraft 202 was the first to touch
down at RAAF Base Amberley back in
March and was piloted by CO 1SQN
WGCDR Glen Braz on both occasions.
"It was quite a thrill to be flying in
the Rhino that bears the City of Ipswich
crest," Cr Pisasale said.
WGCDR Braz said the familiarisa-
tion flight provided Cr Pisasale with a
comprehensive overview of the Super
Hornet capabilities and the many support
systems for operations.
"It also provided our local council-
lor with an enhanced appreciation of
the flight profiles in the south-east
Queensland region from the aircrew's
perspective," WGCDR Braz said.
Highlights of the hour-long jour-
ney included manoeuvres near Moreton
Island, before flying back over Brisbane
and home to Amberley.
Back on the ground, Cr Pisasale said
that the flight had been an "incredible,
"It was a great honour to be the first
Australian civilian to fly in the new
Super Hornets," he said.
The Ipswich Mayor has been a strong
supporter of Amberley for many years
and plays a very important role in help-
ing to maintain the relationship with
the Air Force community in south-east
Cr Pisasale said the reason he took
the flight was to highlight the impor-
tance of the role the Air Force played in
the defence of Australia.
"As a community we really need to
embrace the Air Force and make Defence
families feel welcome in Ipswich," he
Cr Pisasale joined the mayors of
Newcastle and Port Stephens, along
with then Commander Air Combat
Group AIRCDRE Neil Hart to demon-
strate their commitment by signing a
Communities for Air Force Agreement
on September 21 last year.
The agreement is one of a number of
ongoing activities designed to foster base
relations with the local communities of
Ipswich, Port Stephens and Newcastle.
"The agreement highlighted the local
government's commitment to recognise
Air Force personnel and their families
as key members of the community and
to work with Air Force for the mutual
benefit of the community, Defence per-
sonnel and operations," AIRCDRE Hart
The Super Hornet flight follows Cr
Pisasale's 2004 ride in an F-111, piloted
by then SQNLDR Braz, who was XO
6SQN at the time.
Aircraft 202 flies low and
fast over Mount Mitchell
during a training flight on
June 3. It was the same
Super Hornet Ipswich
Mayor Councillor Paul
Pisasale flew in two days
FLIGHT OF A LIFETIME: Ipswich Mayor Councillor Paul Pisasale gets
kitted up with the assistance of FLTLT Trent Baldry of 1SQN prior to his
familiarisation flight in a Super Hornet. Behind the controls was CO 1SQN
WGCDR Glen Braz, pictured left with Cr Pisasale in the cockpit before the
Photos: ACW Sandra Midson
earlier. The impressive vapour cloud
is a result of the humid atmosphere
mixing with the low air pressure.
Photo: LAC Benjamin Evans
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