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Tuesday, 12 June 1984
Page: 2877

(Question No. 871)


Senator Lajovic asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 2 May 1984:

(1) Could an analysis of flying time of the four Boeing 707 currently operated by the Royal Australian Air Force be made available.

(2) Have the four Boeing 707 already been modified for the inflight refuelling. (See Hansard, 4 May 1983, page 156, 5 May 1983, page 261.)


Senator Gareth Evans —The Minister for Defence has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) The tables below show the flying time for the four RAAF Boeing 707 aircraft since procurement. The additional two aircraft procured in June 1983 required overhauling. One aircraft became fully operational in November 1983 and the second is expected to be available in November 1984.

Analysis of the Flying Time of RAAF Boeing 707 Aircraft

A20-624 A20-20-627 Total Per Aircraft serial number (hours) (hours) (hours) cent

Initial aircraft-1 April 1979 to 30 April 1984

Defence Tasks 2,005.0 2,088.7 4,093.7 53 Training 1,019.0 1,190.6 2,209.6 28 Special Purpose 679.1 647.0 1,326.1 17 *National Commitment 38.0 84.5 122.5 2

Total 3,741.1 4,010.8 7,751.9 100

Additional aircraft-1 June 1983 to 30 April 1984

A20-623 A20-629 Total Per Aircraft serial number (hours) (hours) (hours) cent

Defence Tasks 37.7 434.6 472.3 78 Training 18.9 71.5 90.4 15 Special Purpose . . . . . . . . *National Commitment . . . . . . . . **Ferry 22.2 20.4 42.6 7

Total 78.8 526.5 605.3 100

*Hours flown on 'National Commitment' are those flown for Government directed tasks, tasks for other government departments, search and rescue, medical evacuations and assistance to the civilian community.

**Hours associated with ferry of aircraft from Canada to Australia following their purchase.

(2) No. Whilst it is still planned for the four Boeing 707 aircraft to be modified for the air-to-air refuelling role, the timing of the modification is for later decision in the light of overall Defence priorities.