By Ian McPhedran
A revealing examine the Royal Australian Air strength in conflict and peace because the East Timor concern in 999, from bombing raids over Bagdad and logistic aid in Afghanistan, to surveillance, reconnaissance and humanitarian missions world wide. Award-winning journalist and best-selling writer Ian McPhedran takes us on one other particular trip, this time to the guts of the RAAF via own tales of fighter pilots' bombing raids over Iraq, hi-tech undercover agent planes over Afghanistan, the operational nerve centre of the center East conflict and the lads and girls who bring humanitarian relief and alleviate anguish around the globe. this can be the compelling narrative within the RAAF's ninetieth yr of its airplane, traditions and personalities, from the corridors of energy in Canberra to far-flung bases round Australia and the area, in additional than a decade of swift swap as expertise propels it into the following new release of air strength and the futuristic period of stealth. it's a must-read not just for aviation and army buffs or people who are fascinated about what the RAAF has been doing seeing that 999, yet for a person who has glanced skywards on the sound of an air strength aircraft passing overhead. we all know much approximately what the military has been as much as due to the fact East Timor in 999, yet what concerning the Air strength? Air energy was once a key deterrent through the 999 East Timor quandary, while F- s have been despatched to Tindal within the Northern Territory and used for reconnaissance flights over the island. The RAAF has been very busy on operations world wide, from F/A- eight Hornet warring parties shedding bombs on Saddam's palaces in Baghdad to Hercules C- 30 and enormous C- 7 delivery planes helping battle battling and humanitarian missions all around the globe. Then there are the P-3 Orion undercover agent planes flying clandestine evening missions in the course of the center East or utilizing their high-tech imaging gear to discover misplaced yachtsmen within the Southern Ocean. that includes unpublished and formerly mystery fabric, together with bomb digital camera imagery.
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A little Timorese boy and girl came up to me and grabbed my legs and gave me a big hug, like a “thank you” gesture. I really wished I had a better photo of that, that would have been cool, but I didn’t have a digital camera,’ he says. ’ As well as humanitarian evacuation, troop insertion and resupply, the C-130s undertook the vital job of food drops. People had begun to starve in some isolated mountainous regions. Air Commodore John Oddie, then chief of staff of Air Lift Group, says the method for the first food drop close to the West Timor border was engineered quickly at Richmond and used in Timor soon afterwards.
During one visit on Anzac Day 2006, then Prime Minister John Howard and his entourage were treated to some rollicking flying as the pilots used proven ‘tac’ (tactical) procedures to deliver their VVIP cargo safely into one of the most dangerous airports on earth, where the official party was greeted with a volley of AK-47 fire in the distance. Whether it involves steep turns just above treetop height or steep dives from 10,000 feet, ‘tac’ flying can be uncomfortable for civilian officials more used to the genteel surrounds of a RAAF VIP jet or a business class seat on a Qantas airliner.
All of a sudden there was more of it. Time to get the hell out of here. We jink our way up, get away from it, do a quick battle damage assessment. Are we okay, is the wingman okay? Yep, we’ve got two more bombs left to drop — we were dropping two bombs at a time at this stage — [so] go through for one more pass. We were jinking and diving and we got a hit on that one. ’ Despite the enemy fire, Hall’s desperate evasive flying and a busy radio, his wisso had done a fantastic job recording the successful two-bomb attack.
Air Force - Inside the new Era of Australian Air Power by Ian McPhedran