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RAAF to fly more relief supplies to Bali



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FOR PRESS RAAF PR S3596/63

Sunday 21 S'T April , ^963

STATEIISNT 3Y THE HONOURABLE DAVID FAIRBAIRN, MINISTER FOR AIR

■ RAAF· TO FLY MORE RELIEF SUPPLIES TO BALI

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

proposed flight on Tuesday (April 23rd) by a Hercules aircraft to the

volcano-stricken Indonesian island of Bali again highlighted the importance

and versatility of this transport aircraft of the RAAF.

It would be the second occasion in the past· fortnight that

an RAAF Hercules had carried supplies to the disaster area, .

On April II a Hercules flew 14 tons of foodstuffs to Bali,

Next Tuesday an RAAF Hercules would divert from its normal

"courier" run to Malaya, to deliver 1-§ tons of clothing for victims of the

recent volcano eruption in Bali. The clothing had been collected by student'

from the Faculty of Oriental Studies at the Australian National University,

Mr Fairbairn said that since 1958 Hercules transports had flown

more than 23,000 hours---or literally had been "in the air" about two-and-

a-half years. The 12 Hercules tircraft of No 36 Squadron, based at Richmond.

NSW, had carried out nearly 9,000 sorties with an average duration of two

hours 35-m.nutes for each sortie, but some flights had ranged up to ten hour:.

During the Royal Visit the Hercules flew 61 hours 25 minutes.

It had been estimated that these aircraft daily carried an

average of ten tons of cargo throughout Australia and overseas, which since

the aircraft were introduced into the RAAF totalled a lift of more than

15,000 tons of cargo, ■