Winjeel-battlefield commander

THE ORIGINS OF THE Commonwealth [Aircraft Corporation CA-25 Winjeel (a title adopted from the Aboriginal language meaning «Young Eagle’) can be traced back to 1948. In that year the RAAF released to Australia’s aeronautical industries, a document that outlined the specifications pertaining to the design and construction of a fixed-wing aircraft for use in the basic training role. This aircraft was planned to replace the long serving DH.82 Tiger Moth and CA-16 Wirraway.

Australia’s Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) responded with a design that would provide ab initio student pilots with a basic training platform to furnish them with the skills

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RAAF livery refinements

CONTINUOUS EVALUATION AND experimentation into the effectiveness of camouflage schemes has led the RAAF change the livery of their P-3C Orions.

Although the ‘toning down’ the P-3Cs has been tried previously, a three-tone grey livery has now been adopted and will be applied to the entire inventory as depot level maintenance is carried out on each machine. The livery is representative of the various camouflage schemes adorning the ASW/Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft of most Western nations and is particularly suited to low-level operations over oceanic backgrounds.

Trials with a new livery for the F/A-18 inventory recently began with William town-based No

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Australia Retires Hueys from Gunship Role

AFTER 35 years service in Australia, the Australian Army retired the UH-1H Iroquois helicopter from the gunship role in a formal ceremony on June 26. As part of the ceremony, a ‘Heavy Fire Team’ of three UH-1H gunships — dubbed the ‘Bushranger» in Australia — performed a flypast over Brisbane, accompanied by a fourth Huey flown by the current Chief of the Air Force, Air Marshal Angus Houston. Whilst in Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) service, the Hueys were operated by 9 Squadron, of which Houston had previously been commander. After the flypast they landed at Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera, in

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