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August 5, 2010
FLTLT Skye Smith
DURING a mission on Exercise Pitch
Black 2010, CO 3SQN WGCDR
Terry van Haren became only the
second RAAF pilot to achieve 3000
hours flying the F/A-18.
OC 81WG GPCAPT Gavin
Turnbull and 3SQN aircrew gathered
at the Ordnance Loading Area at
RAAF Base Darwin to congratulate
WGCDR van Haren after his success-
Commander Air Combat Group
AIRCDRE Mel Hupfeld was the first
to achieve the rare milestone and
recalled the time when he first flew
with a young FLGOFF van Haren.
"Today we celebrate this sig-
nificant and important milestone,"
AIRCDRE Hupfeld said.
"This is a spectacular achievement
and I congratulate you. We may not
see this achievement in the future as
we move to more simulation train-
ing, which makes this milestone even
"Achieving 3000 hours doesn't
come without a lot of effort, though.
There has been a lot of quality and
significant input from across Air
Force over the years that has con-
tributed to this achievement. It is not
only just the green suiters who have
contributed, but also the maintenance
workforce, to generate 3000 hours of
flying capability," he said.
"Three thousand hours of flying
the Hornet equates to 575,000 man
hours, $186 million flying and 20 mil-
lion litres of fuel. It is also the same
number of total hours 3SQN flies in
WGCDR van Haren said the
achievement was the result of a full
"I appreciate the effort from the
whole squadron and have enjoyed
flying with every pilot at the unit," he
said.WGCDR van Haren joined the
Air Force as a direct entry pilot in
February 1986 and graduated from
No. 140 pilots' course in 1987.
After being awarded his wings at 2
Flying Training School, he was posted
to 38SQN where he flew Caribous for
more than three years.
He completed Hornet opera-
tional conversion in 1993 and was
posted to 3SQN, followed by a tour
at 75SQN. In 1997, WGCDR van
Haren completed Fighter Combat
Instructor (FCI) course, instructed at
2 Operational Conversion Unit and
was subsequently appointed FCI of
In 2003, he was appointed
Executive Officer of 75SQN. He led
75SQN operations during Operation
Falconer and was awarded a
Distinguished Service Medal for his
"exceptional leadership in warlike
During more than 20 years of
flying in the Air Force, he has
accumulated more than 5500 fly-
ing hours, 3500 of those hours on
"Every hour has been enjoyable,"
WGCDR van Haren said. "Every
hour has been great, but you are only
as good as your last. I'm now look-
ing forward to flying that next hour."
hour in an
Black 2010. He
Cooking up a storm
LAC Craig Sculpher, left, carves up a
roast as part of the celebrations for the
International Night dinner during Exercise
Pitch Black 2010 enjoyed, above, by
members of the participating nations.
Photos: SGT Rob Mitchell
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