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September 15, 2011
DEPUTY Chief of Air Force AVM
Neil Hart has congratulated 32SQN
on achieving the milestone of 34,000
flying hours from its fleet of eight
King Air 350 aircraft.
"The King Air is an effective and
willing work horse, providing the Air
Force with a multi-role trainer and
transport aircraft," AVM Hart said.
"We are proud that it continues to
be a reliable, safe and effective air-
craft, which continues to demonstrate
its versatility in all manner of roles."
AVM Hart made his remarks at
a special ceremony at RAAF Base
East Sale on August 29, which com-
prised a barbecue and cake-cutting.
Under the command of Air
Training Wing, the squadron oper-
ates the aircraft primarily to sup-
port the training of air combat offic-
ers for the Air Force and aviation
warfare officers for the Navy at the
School of Air Warfare.
It also has a role in developing
junior pilots for progression to other
aircraft types as well as light trans-
port support to the ADF.
CO 32SQN WGCDR Peter
Donaldson said well-trained crews
and modern high-performance glass
cockpit aircraft provided the ideal
learning environment for the chal-
lenges facing today's combat avia-
"32SQN remains adaptable
and committed to providing the
best level of support possible in
providing effective air power for
Australia's defence," he said.
While the squadron's primary
mission is training support, it also
provides VIP and other air logistics
support to the ADF.
In 2011, squadron King Airs
were called out for search and
rescue missions, finding a drift-
ing vessel in Bass Strait, and
deployed to support relief activi-
ties during the Victorian and
FLTLT Seamus O'Donoghue
flew a King Air in southern
Queensland on flood relief duties
and said it was a clear demonstra-
tion of the versatility of the aircraft.
"I am in my first posting into
an Air Force squadron after finish-
ing pilot training, so it was dou-
bly rewarding to be out there as
an aircraft captain, managing the
mission and doing something to
help our fellow Aussies," FLTLT
WGCDR Donaldson also paid
tribute to the support the squadron
received from Hawker Pacific (HP)
and the Training Aircraft Support
"HP is responsible for the main-
tenance support and management of
the King Air fleet and TASPO man-
ages the contract on behalf of the
Air Force," he said.
"Both organisations have pro-
vided 32SQN with tremendous
support over the years and their
contribution to the success of the
King Air within the ADF cannot be
Unlike 38SQN, all the 32SQN
aircraft were obtained directly by
Air Force and are not former Army
aircraft. It received its first of type
in December 2004.
In February next year, 32SQN
celebrates another milestone when
it turns 70.
REASON TO CELEBRATE: Above, three 32SQN King Airs fly in formation down
the coast from Sale to Geelong. Top inset, Defence members and civilians share
a barbecue lunch in the Hawker Pacific hangar. Right, to celebrate the historic
milestone, a commemorative cake was cut by, from left, Senior Vice President of
Hawker Pacific Doug Park, CO 32SQN WGCDR Peter Donaldson, DCAF AVM
Neil Hart and PLTOFF Nicholas Evans.
Photos: AC Oliver Carter, WOFF Ray Bennell
EIGHT 77SQN Hornets and 126
personnel gained further experi-
ence in interoperability with
the Royal Thai Air Force when
they deployed to Korat Airbase
in Thailand for the bi-lateral
Exercise Thai Boomerang 2011
The exercise is held every
two years. It started on August
22 and ended on September 2.
Following TB11, 77SQN then
travelled to Bali to participate
in Exercise Elang Ausindo 2011
with the Indonesian Air Force.
The air combat exercise,
involving RAAF Hornets and
Indonesian F-16s, ended on
Both exercises were
designed to enhance the inter-
operability and tactical relation-
ships of the participating air
forces in conducting combined
field training, while exposing
77SQN to air combat training.
Full coverage of both exercises
will feature in the next edition.
THUMBS UP: SQNLDR
Grant Taylor gives the all
clear signal before a sortie
at Korat Air Base.
Photo: LAC Craig Barrett
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