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Vol. 54, No. 10, June 7, 2012
he official newspaper of the Royal Australian Air Force
Orion crew comes to the
rescue of 49 Solomon
Islanders stranded at sea
10,000H FOR HERON
TO THE RESCUE: The scene from the cockpit of an
AP-3C as it passed low overhead 49 passengers stranded
in life rafts off Solomon Islands on May 26. The 10SQN
crew had been tasked to support a search and rescue
mission in the area after the 27-metre vessel, MV Solfish
001, failed to arrive at its designated port of Lata earlier
in the week. Below inset, an Orion landing at Honiara
Main photo courtesy 92WG
June 7, 2012 RCE
PEARCE AIR SHOW
The Defence Force Air
Show fired up at RAAF
Base Pearce, thrilling
crowds on May 19-20
CPL Max Bree
FOR THE first time in seven years,
Per th shook to the roar of an air show
when the Defence Force Air Show
landed on May 19 and 20.
Hawks from 79SQN teamed up
with their Classic and Super Hornet cousins
to thrill the crowds at RAAF Base Pearce
with their slick moves and raw power.
In the lead-up to the show, Hawks flew
racetrack patterns over the Perth CBD
while Air Force photographers took photos
from the tail ramp of a C130H.
CO 79SQN WGCDR John Young said
his pilots exhibited the best of the Hawk
"The air show was a great opportunity
to show off what the Hawk 127 Lead-in
Fighter can do," WGCDRYoung said.
"The public regularly get to see us take
off and land from a distance, but this week-
end they got to see us up close and feel the
vibration through their chests.
Instructors from 79SQN put the Hawk
s paces, with handling displays
vel high-speed passes over
simulate an airfield attack.
"It's a great way to demonstrate our
skills," WGCDR Young said. "But it's also
a good chance for the guys to get out and
have a bit of fun as well.
The success of the show was due to the
hard work of personnel at all units on the
"All the guys and girls from Pearce,
together with personnel from other bases,
wor ked some ver y long hours," WGCDR
"But they were also very proud to be
able to show the Perth public what they do
ever y day and what goes on behind the
On the ground, Pearce units came
together under 25SQN to coordinate traffic,
talk to the public and keep things running
CO 25SQN WGCDR David Turner was
happy that Pearce's small number of per-
sonnel pulled off the event so well.
"We have 10 per cent of the military
population of Amberley,
" he said.
"I'm absolutely thrilled with the perfor-
mance of all involved; words can't express
how grateful I am.
"I can't wait until we have another air-
TEAM WORK: Clockwise from top left, LACW Ingrid Balic, of Air Base Protection
Flight on the flightline; SGT Mark Gill, of 79SQN, secures a pallet of bomb pods;
CPL Mark Tunley, of 79SQN, checks integrity ties on an ejection seat of a Hawk
127; and, SGT Trent Pember, SNCO Security Police, at the main gate.
Photos: AB Jayson Tufrey
Photo: LACW Kylie Gibson
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