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December 8, 2011
FLTLT Skye Smith
NUMBER 75 Squadron's coming 70th
birthday was heralded at the inaugural
Warbirds Downunder Airshow at Te-
mora on November 19.
A squadron F/A-18, painted in
unique celebration livery, thrilled the
CO 75SQN WGCDR Phil Arms
said he was pleased to see a number
of 75SQN WWII veterans attended
"We had the privilege of display-
ing the high-performance capability
of the Hornet during an aerobatics
display before joining with warbirds
that served with 75SQN for a tribute
FLTLT Skye Smith
TECHNICAL trainees at RAAF
Base Wagga got a glimpse of what
lies ahead when 75SQN dropped in
for a visit after the Temora airshow
on November 21.
The Tindal-based aircrew, main-
tenance and support personnel
conducted a series of motivational
and capability discussions with
staff and trainees from the RAAF
School of Technical Training and 1
Recruit Training Unit.
More than 800 trainees got the
chance to look over an F/A-18,
which they may one day work on as
AC Bronwyn Turner said seeing
the Hornet up close was an eye-
The biggest gathering of RAAF CT4 aircraft since the closure of 1 Flying
Training School in 1993 occurred at RAAF Base Wagga the day before
the inaugural Warbirds Downunder Airshow at Temora. Pilots and passen-
gers flew in from Victoria, NSW and Queensland on November 18 for the
rendezvous of former military CT4 airtrainers. WOFF Mark Lees, pictured
above in front of RAAFSTT aircraft A19-071, and a lineup of CT4s from
RAAFSTT, the RAAF Museum and private collections, said the reunion
provided a chance for owners and operators to exchange ideas and see
how others are maintaining their aircraft.
Photo courtesy WOFF Mark Lees
fly-past to all veterans and their fami-
lies," WGCDR Arms said.
Temora Aviation Museum presi-
dent and founder David Lowy was
excited to see the Hornet involved in
the flying program for the airshow.
"The museum is about our his-
tory and it is about our veterans
who placed their lives on the line in
defence of our country," he said.
"Warbirds Downunder is a cele-
bration of their commitment and sac-
rifice. This airshow brought together
many of our friends that fly antique,
warbird and military aircraft."
The airshow featured former
RAAF Tiger Moth and Spitfires
though to jets such as the Meteor and
During WWII, 75SQN was formed
on March 4, 1942 with the 'Mighty
Magpie' on the unit's crest. The
squadron deployed to Port Moresby
and achieved its first aerial kill only
two hours later.
75SQN, along with 6SQN and
76SQN, was instrumental in inflicting
the first defeat of the Japanese land
forces in the war.
Sixty-one years later, in 2003, after
continuous service since the war, a
new breed of Magpies deployed to
Iraq during Operation Falconer, the
ADF's contribution to the US-led
Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The squadron will celebrate its
70th anniversary next March.
HORNET'S BEST: Above, an
F/A-18 is towed into position for
a static display during the 2011
Temora Airshow; left, historical
75SQN aircraft fly alongside the
F/A-18 during a display flight.
Photos: LAC Mark Friend
CT4s converge on Wagga
"It was great to see
what the trade I'm train-
ing for at the moment is
going to really be like,"
75SQN CO WGCDR
Phil Arms said the visit
aimed to provide an
insight into what the
trainees would be doing
when they finish their
training. "They got to see
some real hardware and
get a real insight into what
it is they're preparing for,"
Trainees get bird's-eye view of their future
QUESTION TIME: 75SQN pilot FLTLT Brendan Smith, right, shows trainees over an F/A-18 during a
static display at RAAF Base Wagga.
Photo: LAC Mark Friend
Spotlight on 75SQN
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