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RAAF's first F/A-18 flying instructions

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HBV5 PEJB4SE MONDAY. OCTOBER 25. 1982 NO. 169/82


A former apprentice has been selected as

the first Australian pilot to become a flying instructor

for the RAAF's new F/A-18 fighter aircraft.

He is Flight Lieutenant John Carr, aged 31,

of Williamtown, NSW, who began his RAAF career as an

apprentice armourer fitter in 1967. He became a trainee

pilot in 1974 and has since logged .2100 hours in Winjeel,

Macchi and Mirage aircraft.

Flight Lieutenant Carr, with.his wife Janet

and two children, will leave for the United States in

November. He will first fly the f/A-18 at Lemoore Naval

Air Station near Fresno, California. After completing

an instructors course he will join VFA125 Squadron

teaching US Navy and Marine Corps pilots to fly the F/A.-18.

Flight Lieutenant Carr will return to Australia

in 1985 when the first of the RAAF's fleet of 75 F/A-18

aircraft are due to reach Australia.

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Further Inquiries; Mr Barry Custance 062 65 2694 (Direct) 062 65 2999 fS/Board) 062 81 0424 (A/Hours)

Issued by the Directorate of Public Relations, Department of Defence, Canberra ACT, 2600 ' · · . \