RAAF Documentary Posts

15 April 1970

15 April 1970

The new commander of the RAAF Vietnam, Air Commodore C.H. Spurgeon, spent his first four days in that country on a familiarisation tour of RAAF units, before taking over his new command. He was accompanied by the outgoing commander, Air Commodore F.S. Robey. They...

May 1968 film reel

May 1968 film reel

May 1968 Refurbishing the 'Albert Ross' (Albatross from the emblem of the 9 Squadron Crest) A leisure pontoon using fighter jet drop tanks for floats, helicopter seats, an Eski ice box, outboard motor surry sun cover over the top. Bell UH-1H Iroquois helicopter...

9 August 1967

This RAAF news item shows Iroquois helicopters of No. 9 Squadron RAAF working in support of ground troops. helicopter crew briefing at HQ; preparation and take off; landing, taking on water and "C" rations for an artillery position; take off and landing wounded...

18 June 1970 – 40,000 flight time

18 June 1970 – 40,000 flight time

June 18, 1970 marked an important day for 9 Squadron. After four years of the Huey,  a new and impressive milestone had been reached; 40,000 hours of flight time.  For 9 Squadron, most of these hours had been logged in South Vietnam. In particular, operational sorties...

13 April 1966-8 May 1967

13 April 1966-8 May 1967

9 Squadron South Vietnam 1966-1967 9 Squadron RAAF departure from Butterworth Malaysia to Vung Tau, South Vietnam 13 April 1966. Arrival at Vung Tau. Tent City. 34528 Douglas (Jock) Bowie exiting from the Ettamoogah Pub, Tent City. 110259 Don Hull at Tent City....

Vietnamese & Australian  joint operations 1969

Vietnamese & Australian joint operations 1969

Vietnamese & Australians on joint operation DPR/TV/1201 The seven-week marriage of an Australian infantry company with a Vietnamese battalion ends this week in a five-day operation in the hills north-west of the Task Force base at Nui Dat in Phuoc Tuy Province,...

11 May 1970 Engine change in the field

11 May 1970 Engine change in the field

Record time for chopper engine change On May 10, 1970, an Iroquis of 9 Squadron was in preparation to take off from Kanga Pad at Nui Dat, the 1st Australian Task Force Base. Once checks were complete, the helicopter began lift-off by entering into a hover. While...

Sikorsky S-70

Sikorsky S-70

The Sikorsky S-70 is an American medium transport/utility helicopter family manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft. It was developed for the United States Army in the 1970s, winning a competition to be designated the UH-60 Black Hawk and spawning a large family in U.S....

Boeing CH-47 Chinook

Boeing CH-47 Chinook

The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is an American twin-engined, tandem rotor, heavy-lift helicopter developed by American rotorcraft company Vertol and manufactured by Boeing Vertol (later renamed Boeing Helicopter, then Boeing Rotorcraft Systems, and now known as the Vertical...

OFF–DUTY ACTIVITIES, No. 9 SQUADRON RAAF SVN PERSONNEL

OFF–DUTY ACTIVITIES, No. 9 SQUADRON RAAF SVN PERSONNEL

OFF–DUTY ACTIVITIES, No. 9 SQUADRON RAAF SVN PERSONNEL IntroductionConsidering the hectic tempo and very high flying hour rate of the daily Iroquois helicopter (planned and un-planned) flying operations, all No. 9 Squadron people valued their off – duty time, even...

Avro Anson

Avro Anson

The Avro Anson is a British twin-engined, multi-role aircraft built by the aircraft manufacturer Avro. Large numbers of the type served in a variety of roles for the Royal Air Force (RAF), Fleet Air Arm (FAA), Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and numerous other air...

CAC Wirraway

CAC Wirraway

The CAC Wirraway was a training and general purpose military aircraft manufactured in Australia by the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) between 1939 and 1946. It was an Australian development of the North American NA-16 training aircraft. The Wirraway has been...

Avro Lincoln

Avro Lincoln

The Avro Type 694 Lincoln is a British four-engined heavy bomber, which first flew on 9 June 1944. Developed from the Avro Lancaster, the first Lincoln variants were initially known as the Lancaster IV and V; these were renamed Lincoln I and II. It was the...

Consolidated B-24 Liberator

Consolidated B-24 Liberator

The Consolidated B-24 Liberator is an American heavy bomber, designed by Consolidated Aircraft of San Diego, California. It was known within the company as the Model 32, and some initial production aircraft were laid down as export models designated as various LB-30s,...

Vultee A-31 Vengeance

Vultee A-31 Vengeance

The Vultee A-31 Vengeance was an American dive bomber of World War II, built by Vultee Aircraft. A modified version was designated A-35. The Vengeance was not used operationally by the United States, but was operated as a front-line aircraft by the British Royal Air...

Supermarine Seagull

Supermarine Seagull

The Supermarine Seagull was a amphibian biplane flying boat designed and produced by the British aircraft manufacturer Supermarine. It was developed from the experimental Supermarine Seal II. Development of the Seagull started during 1920; it heavily drew upon the...

Hawker Demon

Hawker Demon

The Hawker Demon was a fighter variant of the Hart light bomber. During air defense exercises the RAF's Siskins and Bulldogs were often unable to intercept the new Hart bombers, which were sometimes instructed to restrict their height and speed in order to give the...

Charles Eaton

Charles Eaton

Charles Eaton, OBE, AFC (21 December 1895 – 12 November 1979) was a senior officer and aviator in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), and later served as a diplomat. Born in London, he joined the British Army upon the outbreak of World War I and saw action on...

12 Squadron Darwin 1939

No. 12 Squadron began to move to Darwin in July 1939, with its advance party arriving there on the 24th of the month. The squadron was the first RAAF unit to be permanently based in the Northern Territory and was initially stationed at Darwin’s civil aerodrome. Seven...

Battle of Long Tan

Battle of Long Tan

During the Battle of Long Tan on 18 August 1966 two No. 9 Squadron Iroquois flown by Flight Lieutenants Cliff Dohle and Frank Riley completed a hazardous mission to resupply D Company, 6 RAR which was heavily outnumbered and running dangerously low on ammunition. The...