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Statement by the Minister for Civc,l Aviation, The Hon. R.W.C. Swartz

Air Vice-Marshal E. C. WACKETT, C. B. , C. B. E. , is to

retire from the Australian National Airlines Commission

which operates TransTAustralianAirlines.

He will be succeeded by Sir Charles Gullan McGRATH, 0. B.E. ,

of Melbourne.

The Minister for Civil Aviation, Mr, R.W.C. Swartz.,

announced this today.

Mr. Swartz said that Air Vice-Marshal Wackett who was

retiring after nine years service as a member of the Commission, had given invaluable service to T.A.A.

Air Vice- Marshal Wackett joined the Commission after

36 years with the Royal Australian Air Force.

He retired from the R.A.AUF. as Air Member for Technical Services during which he was associated with all major R.A.A.F.

technical developments, including the conversion of the R.A.A.F.

from piston to jet aircraft.

This involved the introduction of Vampires, Canberras,

Cabres and Meteors into service and the supervision of the manufacture of the first three of these and their engines in


Mr. Swartz said that as a member of the Commission,

Air Vice-Marshal Ifiackett's wide aeronautical knowledge and experience had proved of great help in the complex pro'olems of

introducing jet aircraft into T.A.A. an. with the maintenance

of the T.A.A. fleet generally.

To retirement of Air Vice-Marshall Wackett from the Commission marked the end of a long and notable period of service by a distinguished aviation technician and administrator.

Mr. Swartz said that Sir Charles McGrath, who was Chairman of Repco Ltd., had been Chairman of the Export Development Council since 1966.

He was also a Commissioner of the Victorian Pipe Lines Commission.

Sir Charles McGrath's appointment to the Australian National Airlines Commission is for five years.

CANBERRA July 1, 1969 -P.M.