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FOR PRESS RAAF PR s3682/63

FRIDAY 21 5TH OCTOBER. 1963

STATEMENT BY THE HONOURABLE DAVE) FA.IRBA.IRff, DFC IIP, KEISTER FOR AIR

■ BRITISH AND AUSTRALIAN FIGHTER PILOTS TO COPTER '

Top fighter pilots of Britain and Australia next week will join.

in discussions on air fighting techniques and developments in air warfare.

Two days of joint sessions (Monday and Tuesday, October 28th

and 29th) v/ill he held at the RAAF Base, Williamtown, NS?/, which is the

central point for the advanced training of Australian fighter pilots.

The Minister for Air, Mr David Fairbaim, said today that the

lectures and discussions had been made possible by the visit to Australia

of the Commandant and staff members of the RAF Central Fighter Establishment,

The use of radar, computers, etc, in the flying and operational

control of supersonic fighters would be among matters discussed.

The integration of fighters and surface-to-air missiles was

another topic for discussion.

The pooling of ideas and impressions between members of the two

groups would be most advantageous to all concerned,

Mr Fairbairn added that the meeting of fighter pilots highlighted

the delivery in Australia, scheduled at A-valcn next month, of the first

of the RAAF's twice-the-speed-of-sound Mirage jet fighter.

The RAF Central Fighter Establishment team would be headed by

the Air Commodore E.G. Millington, CBE DFC, who is the Commandant, and among

his team of officers would be Wing Commander H, Scannell, DFC AFC, who had

flown with the Australians as a member of the RAAF's No 77 Squadron in

the Korean ?/ar