By Ian McPhedran
A revealing examine the Royal Australian Air strength in battle and peace because the East Timor quandary in 999, from bombing raids over Bagdad and logistic aid in Afghanistan, to surveillance, reconnaissance and humanitarian missions around the world. Award-winning journalist and best-selling writer Ian McPhedran takes us on one other unique 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 struggle and the boys and ladies who bring humanitarian reduction and alleviate affliction all over the world. this can be the compelling narrative within the RAAF's ninetieth yr of its airplane, traditions and personalities, from the corridors of strength in Canberra to far-flung bases round Australia and the realm, in additional than a decade of quick swap as know-how propels it into the subsequent iteration of air strength and the futuristic period of stealth. it's a must-read not just for aviation and army buffs or those people who are taken with what the RAAF has been doing given that 999, yet for someone 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 when you consider that East Timor in 999, yet what in regards to the Air strength? Air strength used to be a key deterrent throughout the 999 East Timor trouble, 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 all over the world, from F/A- eight Hornet warring parties losing bombs on Saddam's palaces in Baghdad to Hercules C- 30 and enormous C- 7 shipping planes helping struggle struggling with and humanitarian missions everywhere in 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 apparatus to discover misplaced yachtsmen within the Southern Ocean. that includes unpublished and formerly mystery fabric, together with bomb digicam imagery.
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Oddie’s time in the RAF stood him in good stead. ‘Over there we didn’t get just categorised,’ he recalls. ‘You became combat-ready or not combat-ready. ”’ His next job was staff officer operations at the Air Lift Group headquarters at Richmond. There he set about reshaping 86 Wing Headquarters, which directed the two Herc squadrons and the Townsville-based Caribou squadron, into a flying headquarters that could really drive military effects. The timing was exquisite, with the 1999 East Timor missions just around the corner.
The first flight I was on [was] the third aircraft with the Aussie troops down the back,’ he recalls. ‘I was young, you know, the heart’s pumping a lot the first time you are going anywhere sort of half dangerous. I remember stopping on the runway and seeing all the Aussie grunts crouching in the bushes, in the long grass on the side of the runway. It looked kind of “war-y”, I thought. ‘We taxied to the end of the runway, turned around, and we were planning to take off in the same direction as the runway but there was a big Indonesian warship parked off that end of the airfield.
Despite the stresses the outcome was extremely rewarding. ”’ Since then he has flown in the Solomon Islands and by mid-2008 had done five tours of the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO). Squadron Leader Peter ‘Choady’ Cseh had only been in the RAAF since the beginning of 1997 and at 37 Squadron for less than a year when the East Timor operations kicked off. The former North Queensland pizza shop owner was a raw co-pilot. ‘The first flight I was on [was] the third aircraft with the Aussie troops down the back,’ he recalls.
Air Force - Inside the new Era of Australian Air Power by Ian McPhedran