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Parachute training from Hercules aircraft



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FOR PRESS RAAF PR S3521/62

TUESDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER. 1962 CANBERRA NO I O P ®

EMENT BY THE HONOURABLE DAVID FAIRBAIRN, MINISTER FOR AIR

PARACHUTE TRAINING FROM HERCULES AIRCRAFT

Parachute training courses at RAAF Base, Williamtown, are now

using RAAF Hercules transport aircraft as well as the familiar Dakota aircraft,

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

two side doors, or the rear loading ramp of the Hercules, could be used by­

parachutists for their exits.

Trainees at the Parachute Training Wing at Williamtown now made

initial jumps from Dakota aircraft, then converted to Hercules for the final

jumps,

A new English parachute, the Irvine 132, which had been designed

for high speed parachute drops was used for the Hercules jumps,

Mr Fairbairn said the Hercules jumping speed of about 135 miles per

hour, was over 30 mph faster than from the Dakota,

Parachute drops were made at Saltash, 9 miles from Williamtown,

from heights of between 1,000 and 3,000 feet.

' He had been informed that during October over 200 members of the

Army’s Special Air Services, who were at present in Western Australia, would

travel to Williamtown to make the conversion to Hercules aircraft,