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Wednesday, 27 September 1972
Page: 1200

Senator YOUNG (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Following upon the comments on the use of VIP aircraft,I ask the Minister for Air whether the VIP aircraft of the Royal Australian Air Force are used for purposes other than the carrying of VIPs, such as the training of aircrew. How much time is spent in their use other than for the transportation of VIPs?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) -BROCKMAN - The VIP squadron, No. 34 Squadron, in the main is a transport squadron of the Royal Australian Air Force and would be used for that purpose in time of war. At present No. 34 Squadron is responsible for transporting VIPs from point to point throughout the length and breadth of this country. As the honourable senator said in his question, from time to time the squadron trains navigators. Such training and the carriage of VIPs are the 2 main responsibilities of the Squadron. I would point out to the Senate that like all other aircrew the aircrew of No. 34 Squadron have to get up a certain number of training hours each month and this is done. I do not have details at present of the average hours reached by a pilot in No. 34 Squadron and I do not have details of the monthly flying hours of the Squadron but I shall seek that information.

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