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February 17, 2011
Support for Former F-111 Workers
and their families
VVCS -- Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service provides a range of services for
eligible F-111 deseal/reseal and aircraft maintenance workers and their families. Services include
counselling for individuals, couples and families, and a range of group programs.
Residential Lifestyle Programs for eligible F-111 workers and their partners will be held in
locations around Australia according to demand. The four-day program provides information
and skills building sessions that cover a range of topics to assist participants to improve their
quality of life.
Residential Lifestyle Programs are planned to be held on the Gold Coast, Qld, 28-31 March 2011
and the Central Coast, NSW, on 4-7 April 2011.
If you would like to access these services, please
contact VVCS on 1800 011 046*
Contact VVCS on 1800 011 046*
* free local calls. Calls from mobile phones and pay phones may
Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service
A service founded by Vietnam veterans
FLTLT Skye Smith
HAWK aircraft number A27-30 is sporting a new col-
our scheme aimed at increasing visibility and reducing
the potential risk of mid-air collision.
A27-30 uses the existing Hawk camouflage pattern,
but with different and darker colours. A gloss finish
has also been incorporated into the design to increase
the durability of the surface finish.
The decision to trial the new paint scheme followed
an assessment of operational risk to Hawk operations
in the RAAF Base Pearce airspace last year.
CO 76SQN WGCDR Chris Hake said HQ 78WG
took the initiative to trial a revised colour scheme that
would increase the contrast of the Hawk with usual
operating backgrounds and make it easier to see.
"The existing Hawk paint colour uses the same
paint colours as the F/A-18; however, the Hawk is
much smaller than the Hornet and it's safe to say that
the grey camouflage is very effective," WGCDR Hake
"If the trial paint scheme shows that we have met
the requirement to increase the visibility of the Hawk
then Air Force may choose to repaint the fleet in the
new scheme starting with the Pearce-based Hawks,"
WGCDR Hake said.
He said 78WG had not yet started formally assess-
ing the trial paint scheme, but feedback from airborne
and ground observers was that the repainted Hawk was
much darker against a blue sky background and there-
fore easier to spot. "The gloss also reflects the sunlight
with a noticeable glint from the paint."
The decision to go with gloss is in keeping with the
best value solution, given the increase in service life of
gloss making any repaint last longer.
A number of similar trials have been conducted
by foreign forces. The NATO Flying Training Centre
in Canada paint their Hawks all-over gloss deep blue,
potentially to increase visibility when operating in
Lead-In Fighter Logistics Management Unit funded
the aircraft paint job, which was managed by BAE
Systems Australia, the engineering authority for the
A27-30 will remain at RAAF Base Williamtown
until it goes to the Australian International Airshow at
Avalon next month as a static display. It will then relo-
cate to Pearce and operate as a 79SQN jet for normal
FLTLT Skye Smith
SEVEN new fighter pilots have taken
to the skies having graduated from 2
Operational Conversion Unit (2OCU)
after six months of intensive conver-
sion training on the F/A-18.
The young pilots were put through
their paces during operational conver-
sion course (OPCON) 10-2, which cul-
minated with Exercise High Sierra in
The exercise marked the final
three weeks of assessments for the
More than 150 members from
2OCU, 76SQN and 4SQN partici-
pated in the biennial training activ-
ity, which was conducted in the
Shoalwater Bay and Townsville Field
CO 2OCU WGCDR David Smith
said Exercise High Sierra provided
important training for all aircrew and
ground crew in deployed operations.
"The exercise allows Air Force to
maintain its key capabilities such as
the performance of precision strike
missions," he said. "It provides par-
ticipants with high complexity air
combat training opportunities and for
Air Combat Group to test and practise
its deployment capabilities so that it
can operate away from its home bases
PLTOFF Duncan Herbert took
out top honours for OPCON 10-2
when he was awarded the CAPT
Michael E. Ryan Trophy for Overall
PLTOFF Herbert said OPCON
was challenging but extremely
"The culmination of the course
was the best flying I've done so far,
and both the instructors and students
worked really hard so we could grad-
uate," he said.
FLGOFF Thomas Quin received
the Drummond Memorial Trophy for
Weapons and FLGOFF Michael Head
was awarded the Powell Memorial
Trophy for Academics.
Fellow graduates were FLTLT
Damien Wilkins, FLGOFF Jason
Deiullis, and PLTOFFs Mark
Hannington and Jonathan Pearson.
FUEL FOR THOUGHT:
An F/A-18A during a
refuelling mission with an
Omega 707 Tanker ahead
of Exercise High Sierra.
Photo: LACW Amy Trebilco
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