5th and 6th RAAF Pilatus PC-21s commence delivery flight to Australia

HB-HWE/A54-005 Pilatus PC-21 (MSN 238) of the Royal Australian Air Force, in 2 Flying Training School markings, at Stans, Switzerland - Fri 2 June 2017. Departing the Pilatus Aircraft facility at Stans, Switzerland on its delivery flight to Australia, in company with HB-HWF/A54-006 (MSN 239). Photo © Stephan Widmer
HB-HWE/A54-005 Pilatus PC-21 (MSN 238) of the Royal Australian Air Force, in 2 Flying Training School markings, at Stans, Switzerland – Fri 2 June 2017.
Departing the Pilatus Aircraft facility at Stans, Switzerland on its delivery flight to Australia, in company with HB-HWF/A54-006 (MSN 239). Photo © Stephan Widmer
HB-HWF/A54-006 Pilatus PC-21 (MSN 239) of the Royal Australian Air Force, in 2 Flying Training School markings, at Stans, Switzerland - Fri 2 June 2017. Departing the Pilatus Aircraft facility at Stans, Switzerland on its delivery flight to Australia, in company with HB-HWE/A54-005 (MSN 238). Photo © Stephan Widmer
HB-HWF/A54-006 Pilatus PC-21 (MSN 239) of the Royal Australian Air Force, in 2 Flying Training School markings, at Stans, Switzerland – Fri 2 June 2017.
Departing the Pilatus Aircraft facility at Stans, Switzerland on its delivery flight to Australia, in company with HB-HWE/A54-005 (MSN 238). Photo © Stephan Widmer

2 June 2017 © David Eyre (Photos © Stephan Widmer)

Another two Pilatus PC-21 turboprop training aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) today commenced their delivery flight to Australia from the manufacturer’s facility in Stans, Switzerland.

The 5th aircraft, HB-HWE (MSN 238) with RAAF serial A54-005 taped over, and 6th aircraft, HB-HWF (MSN 239) with RAAF serial A54-006 taped over, departed Stans early this morning (Stans time), wearing the tail markings of wearing tail markings of 2 FTS (2 Flying Training School), which is based at RAAF Pearce, north of Perth, Western Australia.

The first two aircraft, HB-HWA (MSN 234) with RAAF serial A54-001 taped over, and HB-HWB (MSN 235) with serial A54-002 taped over, were delivered from 10-20 February 2017, with delivery route being Buochs/Stans (Switzerland) – Bari (Italy) – Heraklion (Greece) – Luxor (Egypt) – Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) – Fujairah (UAE) – Ahmedabad (India) – Varanasi (India) – Chittagong (Bangladesh) – Bangkok Don Mueang (Thailand) – Seletar (Singapore) – Denpasar, Bali (Indonesia) – Kupang (Indonesia) – Darwin (Australia) – Mount Isa – Brisbane – (overflew Canberra) – RAAF Base East Sale.

The 3rd and 4th RAAF PC-21s departed Switzerland on 29 April 2017; HB-HWC / A54-003 (MSN 236) and HB-HWD / A54-004 (MSN 237).

The PC-21 will start flying operations at RAAF Base East Sale in mid-2017, with the first pilots course to start in early 2019.

A total of 49 aircraft are being acquired by the RAAF. 42 of the PC-21 aircraft will be used as trainers at RAAF Base East Sale in Victoria and RAAF Base Pearce in Western Australia. Three PC-21s are being acquired for the Aircraft Research and Development Unit (ARDU) based at RAAF Edinburgh, South Australia, and four Forward Air Control variants will go to 4 Squadron, which currently operates the PC-9/A Forward Air Control variant from RAAF Base Williamtown in New South Wales.

David Eyre

President, Aviation Association of WA Inc

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