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In this and future editions of
the newspaper, listings for Air
Force PR assets will be accom-
panied by some new logos. As
well as the ones below, look
out for the RAAF Museum and
Air Force puppies.
Air Force Roulettes
August 19: Wide
August 22: Audi
Week - Hamilton Island.
The Air Force
until August 31,
QLD, WA, SA
and the NT as
t of the Air Force's Indigenous Engagement
gram. Dates and locations of the visits can be
nd at www.airforce.gov.au
ir Force Band
gust 18: The Air Force Clarinet Quartet will
ce 10 will
e a lunch-
part of the school's jazz week.
gust 26: CPL Cameron Scott will provide back-
und piano music for the RAAF Base Williams
verton Officers' Mess Epicurian Dinner.
To confirm dates and timings, call WOFF
Stephen Bate on (03) 9256 2514.
Air Force on show
August 18, 2011
DESPITE his age, Bert the
Boobook owl -- which became
462SQN's official emblem and
mascot in 2005 -- is still going
"In human years Bert is now nearly
70, and he has developed cataracts
as a result of deficient food when he
was a downy chick," says Professor
Jack Pettigrew, of the University of
"He can no longer fly down the
corridors to his perch in the foyer
without some collisions."
The emblem was the work of
WOFF Marcus Bagley, who says that
to have had his design selected as the
crest for 462SQN remains one of the
proudest moments of his career.
"To know that one has made an
indelible mark in such a prestigious
way on the history of the Air Force is
The logo features Bert in flight
carrying the lightning bolt sword,
which implies bringing weapons to
bear on an enemy.
What makes the crest unique is
that it not only features a living native
animal as its emblem, but one with a
name and a job.
The logo came about when the
CO of RAAF Information Operations
Squadron -- which was later renamed
462SQN -- invited its members to
design an emblem for the unit.
A number of submissions were put
WOFF Bagley wanted to add a
bird to his design and was quickly
sold when he came across Bert on the
"Other birds did get a little consid-
eration early in the process, but an owl
quickly seemed the most appropriate
to me as they are a raptor species
that has, through the ages, also been
associated with wisdom, stealth and
knowledge. Those traits seemed well
aligned with 462SQN," he says.
At the time Bert belonged to
the Vision, Touch and Hearing
Research Centre (now the Sensory
Neurobiology Group) at the University
of Queensland, under the care of
WOFF Bagley contacted Professor
Pettigrew and was given permission to
adopt Bert as the unit's mascot.
Nearly 27 years ago, Bert was
ejected from his nest as a chick, after
which Professor Pettigrew took him
under his own wing as one of his
Since then, Bert has participated in
many trials and research studies and
attended hundreds of classes to demon-
strate the vestibule-ocular reflex where
Why we give a
hoot for Bert
The 462SQN logo has
real wings, as LAC Bill
his head and eyes st
locked in space desp
irregular gyrations o
Pettigrew says Ber
has grown up sur-
rounded by human
and is incapable of
returning to the wil
For more informatio
on Bert, visit UQ's
website at www.uq.
STILL PROUD: WOFF Marcus Bagley with Bert.
The crest element description
for Bert's image reads:
THE BOOBOOK OWL: Besides
the classic imbuement of
knowledge and wisdom
associated with all owls, this
owl embodies both RAAF
and 462SQN attributes,
i.e. It is the smallest of all
Australian owls and is found
throughout the continent. Its
soft yet penetrating hooting
is sometimes misidentified
as that of the Mopoke bird.
Its flight is silent and the
Boobook is a superb raptor
possessing extremely keen
senses of sight and hearing.
Carrying the lighting bolt
sword implies both bringing
weapons to bear directly
on an enemy as well as
providing the RAAF itself with
very powerful weapons.
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