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New jet trainer of the RAAF



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COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY ^ 3 1 ^ '

STATEMENT BY SENATOR THE HON. SHANE '

PALTRIDGE, MINISTER FOR DEFENCE

NEW JET TRAINER FOR THE RAAF

I wish to inform the Senate that the Government has reached a decision on' the selection of a new jet trainer aircraft for the RAAF. . !

Earlier this year a joint RAAF-Supply aircraft mission, headed by Air Commodore Eaton, Director General of Operational Requirements for the RAAF, visited Canada, USA, Europe, the UK ' and Japan investigating available jet trainer aircraft. A member

of the Royal New Zealand Air Force also was with the mission.

After a detailed examination of six aircraft available overseas the mission recommended the Italian Macchi MB326H and its manufacture in Australia.

The Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation Pty Ltd. will be the prime contractor with Hawker de Havilland Pty. Ltd. as the major sub-contractor.

Seventy five aircraft will be initially ordered and inhere will be a later follow-up order of thirty three aircraft.

The Macchi trainer will ultimately replace the Winjgel propellor-driveiaircraft and the Vampire jet trainer aircraft of the RAAF. At present student pilots of the RAAF undergo about ' 120 hours initial training on the Winjeel, followed by a further 120 hours of advanced training on the Vampire jet aircraft.

The introduction of "all-through" jet flying training into the RAAF will necessitate moving the Air Force's initial i flying training school from its present location at Point Cook, Victoria, to the RAAF Base at Pearce, W .A., where the advanced

flying training school of the RAAF is already in operation. ยท

There are many reasons for the change of location of the flying school from Point Cook to Pearce, including the (difficulties associated with operating a flying school equipped with jet aircraft in the middle of an area which is already the centre of a complex civil air route system.

There are also other considerations of a service nature which would be advantageous in transferring the location qf the existing school, including the value of having both schools operating in close proximity.

26th August, 1965.