RAAF Base Pearce – visit to 2 Flying Training School and No. 247 Pilots Course graduation

Sign near the entrance to RAAF Base Pearce, welcoming official guests, family and friends to 247 Pilots Course graduation - RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
Sign near the entrance to RAAF Base Pearce, welcoming official guests, family and friends to 247 Pilots Course graduation – RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre

9 June 2017 © David Eyre

The author was invited to visit RAAF Base Pearce to see the graduation ceremony for No 247 Advanced Pilots Course and see some Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft close-up.

**More photos below**

Advanced Pilots Course

The aim of the Advanced Pilots Course is to produce a pilot capable of flying training aircraft with the skill and confidence needed to transition to operational aircraft.

Currently, the military flying training is conducted in two phases, and take 88 weeks.

Basic Military Flying Training (25 weeks) is operated by British Aerospace Flight Training Australia at Basic Flying Training School (BFTS), in Tamworth, NSW on the CT4B piston-engined trainer.

Advanced Flying Training (37 weeks) is conducted at RAAF Base Pearce, Western Australia. During this training, student pilots fly 130 hours in the Pilatus PC-9/A turboprop trainer.

A batch of pilots graduate every three months and each course can include pilots for the RAAF and Royal Australian Navy.

As a reward for completing training, graduates are allowed to perform a mass ‘Thunderbird’ formation flypast, on the afternoon before their graduation day. This formation can include about 15 to 25 PC-9s and is also used as a training activity, as formation flying is important in their development as military aviators.

Initially the aircraft form-up west of Gin Gin, and head west to the coast, before heading south-west to Rottnest Island, before turning east to pass over Fremantle and then heading up the Swan River to fly over South Perth and Perth city by around 4pm. The formation will usually return to Pearce via Upper Swan and conduct a flypast over the base for visiting family and friends.

The following morning, there is a graduation ceremony at Pearce, where pilots are awarded their wings (brevets), before they are posted to an operational squadron.

No. 247 Pilots Course Graduation Parade and Ceremony

No. 247 Advanced Pilots Course saw 14 pilots graduate; 13 pilots for the RAAF (including one female pilot) and one pilot for the Royal Australian Navy.

Each Pilots Course designs its own logo and name, and 247 Pilots Course chose the name ‘All Star Aviators’.

Although there were 14 graduating pilots, the Thunderbird formation the previous afternoon (8 June 2017) was a 20-ship formation.

The graduation ceremony takes place at the parade ground and is steeped in tradition. Family and friends of the graduating pilots, as well as distinguished guests, are invited and many of them make a long trip to Pearce from all over Australia to see the graduation.

When everyone was seated, the ceremony began just after 10.30AM with a solo aerobatic PC-9 display by one of the 2 FTS instructors. As the parade ground is surrounded by trees, this display operated within a fairly tight ‘display box’ and at fairly low level.

The pilot graduates and No. 7 Wing Australian Air Force Cadets Drum Band then marched onto the parade ground, supported by members of 249 Pilots Course as the Colour Party.

The 2 FTS Unit Colours flag was uncased and marched in front of everyone, before Wing Commander David Strong, the Commanding Officer of 2 FTS, arrived at the podium for the General Salute.

A nine-ship formation of PC-9s in Diamond Nine formation then flew over the parade ground at 10:59AM.

Arriving in a staff car, the Reviewing Officer was Air Vice-Marshal Steven Roberton, DSC, AM, Air Commander Australia, a highly experienced fighter pilot with over 3,000 flying hours, mostly in the F/A-18A Hornet through F models. This included an exchange tour flying F/A-18s with the US Marine Corps, a deployment to the Middle East and leading the RAAF’s transition to the F/A-18F Super Hornet.

A four-ship Diamond Four formation of BAE Hawk jets of 79 Squadron performed a flypast at 11:01AM, then AVM Roberton and Wg Cdr Strong inspected the pilots on parade.

The graduating pilots advanced closer to the visitors for a general salute and then there was a 9-ship PC-9 ‘Concorde’ formation flypast at 11:08AM.

An RAAF Chaplain conducted a Service of Dedication, which were traditionally held prior to battle, but are now used as a link to the origins of the Air Force and as a reminder of their loyalty to God, Queen and Country.

Each of the gradating pilots marched forward in alphabetical order of surname, saluted the Reviewing Officer. AVM Roberton pinned their brevets (wings) onto their shirt, shook their hand and posed for a quick photo before the pilots marched back to their ranks. Following this, a number of pilots received awards, for navigation, aerobatics, most improved, and Dux of the Course. AVM Roberton said a few words of thanks to the pilots and visitors – many of whom had flown across the country for the graduation ceremony.

The pilots, flag bearer and band then marched past the visitors and officers and off the parade ground, accompanied by another 9-ship PC-9 Diamond Nine formation at 11:39AM and another four-ship Diamond Four formation of BAE Hawk jets of 79 Squadron. A couple of minutes later, the Diamond Nine formation performed a Bomb Burst break towards the crowd, concluding the ceremony.

These 14 pilots were assigned to to fly the following types:

  • Airbus KC-30A (A330-200MRTT) – tanker/transport
  • Airbus Helicopters EC135 – training helicopter (later to move on to fly the Navy’s MH-60R Seahawk or MRH90 helicopter)
  • BAE Systems Hawk 127 – Lead-In-Fighter (possibly to later move on to fly frontline fighters such as the F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet, EA-18 Growler, or F-35A Lightning II)
  • Beech King Air B300 – liaison
  • Boeing E-7A Wedgetail – airborne early earning and control
  • Lockheed-Martin C-130J Hercules – transport
  • Lockheed AP-3C Orion – maritime patrol and surveillance

Visitors also had a closer look at Macchi MB-326H A7-027, which is preserved on display near the old entrance gate to the base. At 11:50AM, a 7-ship Vic formation of PC-9s flew over and landed.

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Pilots from 247 Pilots Course, on parade at their graduation ceremony, RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
Pilots from 247 Pilots Course, on parade at their graduation ceremony, RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
Pilots from 247 Pilots Course, on parade at their graduation ceremony, RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
Pilots from 247 Pilots Course, on parade at their graduation ceremony, RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
The 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS) Unit Colours flag, being marched in front of the parade at the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
The 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS) Unit Colours flag, being marched in front of the parade at the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
Pilots from 247 Pilots Course, on parade at their graduation ceremony, RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
Pilots from 247 Pilots Course, on parade at their graduation ceremony, RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
Air Vice Marshall Steve Roberton, DSC, AM, Air Commander Australia, at 247 Pilots Course graduation ceremony, RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. AVM Roberton is a highly experienced fighter pilot with over 3,000 flying hours, mostly in the F/A-18A through F models. This included an exchange tour flying F/A-18s with the US Marine Corps, a deployment to the Middle East and leading the RAAF's transition to the F/A-18F Super Hornet. Photo © David Eyre
Air Vice Marshall Steve Roberton, DSC, AM, Air Commander Australia, at 247 Pilots Course graduation ceremony, RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
Addressing the graduating pilots and their relatives and friends. AVM Roberton is a highly experienced fighter pilot with over 3,000 flying hours, mostly in the F/A-18A through F models. This included an exchange tour flying F/A-18s with the US Marine Corps, a deployment to the Middle East and leading the RAAF’s transition to the F/A-18F Super Hornet. Photo © David Eyre
A23-034 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 534) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Solo aerobatic display by a 2 FTS instructor, during the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. This aircraft has previously served with the Central Flying School and Roulettes Aerobatic team, as well as 2 FTS. Photo © David Eyre
A23-034 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 534) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
Solo aerobatic display by a 2 FTS instructor, during the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. This aircraft has previously served with the Central Flying School and Roulettes Aerobatic team, as well as 2 FTS. Photo © David Eyre
A23-034 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 534) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Solo aerobatic display by a 2 FTS instructor, during the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. This aircraft has previously served with the Central Flying School and Roulettes Aerobatic team, as well as 2 FTS. Photo © David Eyre
A23-034 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 534) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
Solo aerobatic display by a 2 FTS instructor, during the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. This aircraft has previously served with the Central Flying School and Roulettes Aerobatic team, as well as 2 FTS. Photo © David Eyre
A23-034 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 534) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Solo aerobatic display by a 2 FTS instructor, during the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. This aircraft has previously served with the Central Flying School and Roulettes Aerobatic team, as well as 2 FTS. Photo © David Eyre
A23-034 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 534) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
Solo aerobatic display by a 2 FTS instructor, during the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. This aircraft has previously served with the Central Flying School and Roulettes Aerobatic team, as well as 2 FTS. Photo © David Eyre
A23-034 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 534) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Solo aerobatic display by a 2 FTS instructor, during the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. This aircraft has previously served with the Central Flying School and Roulettes Aerobatic team, as well as 2 FTS. Photo © David Eyre
A23-034 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 534) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
Solo aerobatic display by a 2 FTS instructor, during the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. Just completed a hammerhead turn. This aircraft has previously served with the Central Flying School and Roulettes Aerobatic team, as well as 2 FTS. Photo © David Eyre
A23-034 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 534) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Solo aerobatic display by a 2 FTS instructor, during the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. This aircraft has previously served with the Central Flying School and Roulettes Aerobatic team, as well as 2 FTS. Photo © David Eyre
A23-034 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 534) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
Solo aerobatic display by a 2 FTS instructor, during the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. This aircraft has previously served with the Central Flying School and Roulettes Aerobatic team, as well as 2 FTS. Photo © David Eyre
A23-034 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 534) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Solo aerobatic display by a 2 FTS instructor, during the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. This aircraft has previously served with the Central Flying School and Roulettes Aerobatic team, as well as 2 FTS. Photo © David Eyre
A23-034 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 534) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
Solo aerobatic display by a 2 FTS instructor, during the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. This aircraft has previously served with the Central Flying School and Roulettes Aerobatic team, as well as 2 FTS. Photo © David Eyre
A23-034 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 534) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Solo aerobatic display by a 2 FTS instructor, during the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. This aircraft has previously served with the Central Flying School and Roulettes Aerobatic team, as well as 2 FTS. Photo © David Eyre
A23-034 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 534) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
Solo aerobatic display by a 2 FTS instructor, during the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. This aircraft has previously served with the Central Flying School and Roulettes Aerobatic team, as well as 2 FTS. Photo © David Eyre
A23-034 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 534) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Solo aerobatic display by a 2 FTS instructor, during the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. This aircraft has previously served with the Central Flying School and Roulettes Aerobatic team, as well as 2 FTS. Photo © David Eyre
A23-034 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 534) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
Solo aerobatic display by a 2 FTS instructor, during the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. This aircraft has previously served with the Central Flying School and Roulettes Aerobatic team, as well as 2 FTS. Photo © David Eyre
A23-034 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 534) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Solo aerobatic display by a 2 FTS instructor, during the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. This aircraft has previously served with the Central Flying School and Roulettes Aerobatic team, as well as 2 FTS. Photo © David Eyre
A23-034 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 534) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
Solo aerobatic display by a 2 FTS instructor, during the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. This aircraft has previously served with the Central Flying School and Roulettes Aerobatic team, as well as 2 FTS. Photo © David Eyre
A23-034 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 534) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Solo aerobatic display by a 2 FTS instructor, during the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. This aircraft has previously served with the Central Flying School and Roulettes Aerobatic team, as well as 2 FTS. Photo © David Eyre
A23-034 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 534) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
Solo aerobatic display by a 2 FTS instructor, during the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. This aircraft has previously served with the Central Flying School and Roulettes Aerobatic team, as well as 2 FTS. Photo © David Eyre
A23-034 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 534) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Solo aerobatic display by a 2 FTS instructor, during the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. This aircraft has previously served with the Central Flying School and Roulettes Aerobatic team, as well as 2 FTS. Photo © David Eyre
A23-034 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 534) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
Solo aerobatic display by a 2 FTS instructor, during the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. This aircraft has previously served with the Central Flying School and Roulettes Aerobatic team, as well as 2 FTS. Photo © David Eyre
A23-034 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 534) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Solo aerobatic display by a 2 FTS instructor, during the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. This aircraft has previously served with the Central Flying School and Roulettes Aerobatic team, as well as 2 FTS. Photo © David Eyre
A23-034 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 534) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
Solo aerobatic display by a 2 FTS instructor, during the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. This aircraft has previously served with the Central Flying School and Roulettes Aerobatic team, as well as 2 FTS. Photo © David Eyre
A23-015 (MSN 515) and A23-053 (MSN 553) Pilatus PC-9/A of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Taking off to perform formation flypasts at the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. Photo © David Eyre
A23-015 (MSN 515) and A23-053 (MSN 553) Pilatus PC-9/A of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
Taking off to perform formation flypasts at the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. Photo © David Eyre

 

'Diamond Nine' formation of Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. Leading the formation is A23-041; followed by A23-019 (left) and A23-009 (right); then A23-010 (left), A23-053 (centre) and A23-047 (right).; A23-015 (left) and A23-008 (right), then A23-040 at the rear. Photo © David Eyre
‘Diamond Nine’ formation of Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. Leading the formation is A23-041; followed by A23-019 (left) and A23-009 (right); then A23-010 (left), A23-053 (centre) and A23-047 (right).; A23-015 (left) and A23-008 (right), then A23-040 at the rear. Photo © David Eyre
Centre part of a 'Diamond Nine' formation of Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. Leading the formation is A23-041; followed by A23-019 (left) and A23-009 (right); then A23-053 (centre) and A23-047 (right).; A23-015 (left) and A23-008 (right), then A23-040 at the rear. Photo © David Eyre
Centre part of a ‘Diamond Nine’ formation of Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. Leading the formation is A23-041; followed by A23-019 (left) and A23-009 (right); then A23-053 (centre) and A23-047 (right).; A23-015 (left) and A23-008 (right), then A23-040 at the rear. Photo © David Eyre
Centre part of a 'Diamond Nine' formation of Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. In the formation are A23-041, A23-019, A23-009, A23-053, A23-047, A23-015, A23-008, and A23-040. Photo © David Eyre
Centre part of a ‘Diamond Nine’ formation of Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. In the formation are A23-041, A23-019, A23-009, A23-053, A23-047, A23-015, A23-008, and A23-040. Photo © David Eyre
'Diamond Nine' formation of Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. In the formation are A23-041, A23-019, A23-009, A23-053, A23-047, A23-015, A23-008, and A23-040. Photo © David Eyre
‘Diamond Nine’ formation of Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. In the formation are A23-041, A23-019, A23-009, A23-053, A23-047, A23-015, A23-008, and A23-040. Photo © David Eyre
'Diamond Nine' formation of Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. In the formation are A23-041, A23-019, A23-009, A23-053, A23-047, A23-015, A23-008, and A23-040. Photo © David Eyre
‘Diamond Nine’ formation of Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. In the formation are A23-041, A23-019, A23-009, A23-053, A23-047, A23-015, A23-008, and A23-040. Photo © David Eyre
Diamond Four formation of BAE Systems Hawk 127 aircraft of 79 Squadron, at RAAF Pearce - Friday 9 June 2017. Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. In the formation are A27-18 (leading the formation), A27-23 (left), A27-07 (right) and A27-21 (at the rear). Photo © David Eyre
Diamond Four formation of BAE Systems Hawk 127 aircraft of 79 Squadron, at RAAF Pearce – Friday 9 June 2017.
Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. In the formation are A27-18 (leading the formation), A27-23 (left), A27-07 (right) and A27-21 (at the rear). Photo © David Eyre
Nine-ship 'Concorde' formation of Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. In the formation are A23-041, A23-019, A23-009, A23-053, A23-047, A23-015, A23-008, and A23-040. Photo © David Eyre
Nine-ship ‘Concorde’ formation of Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. In the formation are A23-041, A23-019, A23-009, A23-053, A23-047, A23-015, A23-008, and A23-040. Photo © David Eyre
Nine-ship 'Concorde' formation of Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. In the formation are A23-041, A23-019, A23-009, A23-053, A23-047, A23-015, A23-008, and A23-040. Photo © David Eyre
Nine-ship ‘Concorde’ formation of Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. In the formation are A23-041, A23-019, A23-009, A23-053, A23-047, A23-015, A23-008, and A23-040. Photo © David Eyre
Nine-ship 'Concorde' formation of Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. In the formation are A23-041, A23-019, A23-009, A23-053, A23-047, A23-015, A23-008, and A23-040. Photo © David Eyre
Nine-ship ‘Concorde’ formation of Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. In the formation are A23-041, A23-019, A23-009, A23-053, A23-047, A23-015, A23-008, and A23-040. Photo © David Eyre
Nine-ship 'Concorde' formation of Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. In the formation are A23-041, A23-019, A23-009, A23-053, A23-047, A23-015, A23-008, and A23-040. Photo © David Eyre
Nine-ship ‘Concorde’ formation of Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. In the formation are A23-041, A23-019, A23-009, A23-053, A23-047, A23-015, A23-008, and A23-040. Photo © David Eyre
'Diamond Nine' formation of Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. In the formation are A23-041, A23-019, A23-009, A23-053, A23-047, A23-015, A23-008, and A23-040. Photo © David Eyre
‘Diamond Nine’ formation of Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. In the formation are A23-041, A23-019, A23-009, A23-053, A23-047, A23-015, A23-008, and A23-040. Photo © David Eyre
'Diamond Nine' formation of Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. In the formation are A23-041, A23-019, A23-009, A23-053, A23-047, A23-015, A23-008, and A23-040. Photo © David Eyre
‘Diamond Nine’ formation of Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. In the formation are A23-041, A23-019, A23-009, A23-053, A23-047, A23-015, A23-008, and A23-040. Photo © David Eyre
'Diamond Nine' formation of Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. In the formation are A23-041, A23-019, A23-009, A23-053, A23-047, A23-015, A23-008, and A23-040. Photo © David Eyre
‘Diamond Nine’ formation of Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. In the formation are A23-041, A23-019, A23-009, A23-053, A23-047, A23-015, A23-008, and A23-040. Photo © David Eyre
'Diamond Nine' formation of Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. In the formation are A23-041, A23-019, A23-009, A23-053, A23-047, A23-015, A23-008, and A23-040. Photo © David Eyre
‘Diamond Nine’ formation of Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. In the formation are A23-041, A23-019, A23-009, A23-053, A23-047, A23-015, A23-008, and A23-040. Photo © David Eyre
'Diamond Nine' formation of Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. In the formation are A23-041, A23-019, A23-009, A23-053, A23-047, A23-015, A23-008, and A23-040. Photo © David Eyre
‘Diamond Nine’ formation of Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. In the formation are A23-041, A23-019, A23-009, A23-053, A23-047, A23-015, A23-008, and A23-040. Photo © David Eyre
Diamond Four formation of BAE Systems Hawk 127 aircraft of 79 Squadron, at RAAF Pearce - Friday 9 June 2017. Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. In the formation are A27-18 (leading the formation), A27-23 (left), A27-07 (right) and A27-21 (at the rear). Photo © David Eyre
Diamond Four formation of BAE Systems Hawk 127 aircraft of 79 Squadron, at RAAF Pearce – Friday 9 June 2017.
Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. In the formation are A27-18 (leading the formation), A27-23 (left), A27-07 (right) and A27-21 (at the rear). Photo © David Eyre
Diamond Four formation of BAE Systems Hawk 127 aircraft of 79 Squadron, at RAAF Pearce - Friday 9 June 2017. Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. In the formation are A27-18 (leading the formation), A27-23 (left), A27-07 (right) and A27-21 (at the rear). Photo © David Eyre
Diamond Four formation of BAE Systems Hawk 127 aircraft of 79 Squadron, at RAAF Pearce – Friday 9 June 2017.
Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. In the formation are A27-18 (leading the formation), A27-23 (left), A27-07 (right) and A27-21 (at the rear). Photo © David Eyre
A27-21 (left) and A27-07 (right), part of a Diamond Four formation of BAE Systems Hawk 127 aircraft of 79 Squadron, at RAAF Pearce - Friday 9 June 2017. Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. Other aircraft in the formation were A27-18 and A27-23. Photo © David Eyre
A27-21 (left) and A27-07 (right), part of a Diamond Four formation of BAE Systems Hawk 127 aircraft of 79 Squadron, at RAAF Pearce – Friday 9 June 2017.
Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. Other aircraft in the formation were A27-18 and A27-23. Photo © David Eyre
Diamond Four formation of BAE Systems Hawk 127 aircraft of 79 Squadron, at RAAF Pearce - Friday 9 June 2017. Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. In the formation are A27-18 (leading the formation), A27-07 (left) and A27-23 (right), and A27-21 (at the rear). Photo © David Eyre
Diamond Four formation of BAE Systems Hawk 127 aircraft of 79 Squadron, at RAAF Pearce – Friday 9 June 2017.
Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. In the formation are A27-18 (leading the formation), A27-07 (left) and A27-23 (right), and A27-21 (at the rear). Photo © David Eyre
Nine-ship 'Bomb Burst' of Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. In the formation are A23-041, A23-019, A23-009, A23-053, A23-047, A23-015, A23-008, and A23-040. Photo © David Eyre
Nine-ship ‘Bomb Burst’ of Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
Over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. In the formation are A23-041, A23-019, A23-009, A23-053, A23-047, A23-015, A23-008, and A23-040. Photo © David Eyre
Nine-ship 'Bomb Burst' of Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. In the formation are A23-041, A23-019, A23-009, A23-053, A23-047, A23-015, A23-008, and A23-040. Photo © David Eyre
Nine-ship ‘Bomb Burst’ of Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
Over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. In the formation are A23-041, A23-019, A23-009, A23-053, A23-047, A23-015, A23-008, and A23-040. Photo © David Eyre
7-ship 'Vic' formation of Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. In the formation are A23-008, A23-009, A23-010, A23-019, A23-040, A23-041 and A23-053. Photo © David Eyre
7-ship ‘Vic’ formation of Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. In the formation are A23-008, A23-009, A23-010, A23-019, A23-040, A23-041 and A23-053. Photo © David Eyre
7-ship 'Vic' formation of Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. In the formation are A23-008, A23-009, A23-010, A23-019, A23-040, A23-041 and A23-053. Photo © David Eyre
7-ship ‘Vic’ formation of Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
Flypast over the graduation ceremony for No.247 Pilots Course. In the formation are A23-008, A23-009, A23-010, A23-019, A23-040, A23-041 and A23-053. Photo © David Eyre
A7-027 Macchi (CAC) MB-326H (MSN CA30-27) in RAAF 2FTS markings at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. A7-027 was assembled in Australia by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation, making its first flight on 15 August 1968 and was delivered to the RAAF on 22 August 1968. It served with the Central Flying School, the Roulettes aerobatic team and 76 Squadron at Williamtown, NSW. Upon being replaced by the BAE Systems Hawk, it was retired from service and allocated to 25 (City of Perth) Squadron for promotional purposes, but was later painted in 2 FTS markings. It is on display near the parade ground and old gate to RAAF Base Pearce. Photo © David Eyre
A7-027 Macchi (CAC) MB-326H (MSN CA30-27) in RAAF 2FTS markings at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
A7-027 was assembled in Australia by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation, making its first flight on 15 August 1968 and was delivered to the RAAF on 22 August 1968. It served with the Central Flying School, the Roulettes aerobatic team and 76 Squadron at Williamtown, NSW. Upon being replaced by the BAE Systems Hawk, it was retired from service and allocated to 25 (City of Perth) Squadron for promotional purposes, but was later painted in 2 FTS markings. It is on display near the parade ground and old gate to RAAF Base Pearce. Photo © David Eyre
A7-027 Macchi (CAC) MB-326H (MSN CA30-27) in RAAF 2FTS markings at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. A7-027 was assembled in Australia by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation, making its first flight on 15 August 1968 and was delivered to the RAAF on 22 August 1968. It served with the Central Flying School, the Roulettes aerobatic team and 76 Squadron at Williamtown, NSW. Upon being replaced by the BAE Systems Hawk, it was retired from service and allocated to 25 (City of Perth) Squadron for promotional purposes, but was later painted in 2 FTS markings. It is on display near the parade ground and old gate to RAAF Base Pearce. Photo © David Eyre
A7-027 Macchi (CAC) MB-326H (MSN CA30-27) in RAAF 2FTS markings at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
A7-027 was assembled in Australia by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation, making its first flight on 15 August 1968 and was delivered to the RAAF on 22 August 1968. It served with the Central Flying School, the Roulettes aerobatic team and 76 Squadron at Williamtown, NSW. Upon being replaced by the BAE Systems Hawk, it was retired from service and allocated to 25 (City of Perth) Squadron for promotional purposes, but was later painted in 2 FTS markings. It is on display near the parade ground and old gate to RAAF Base Pearce. Photo © David Eyre
A7-027 Macchi (CAC) MB-326H (MSN CA30-27) in RAAF 2FTS markings at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. A7-027 was assembled in Australia by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation, making its first flight on 15 August 1968 and was delivered to the RAAF on 22 August 1968. It served with the Central Flying School, the Roulettes aerobatic team and 76 Squadron at Williamtown, NSW. Upon being replaced by the BAE Systems Hawk, it was retired from service and allocated to 25 (City of Perth) Squadron for promotional purposes, but was later painted in 2 FTS markings. It is on display near the parade ground and old gate to RAAF Base Pearce. Photo © David Eyre
A7-027 Macchi (CAC) MB-326H (MSN CA30-27) in RAAF 2FTS markings at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
A7-027 was assembled in Australia by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation, making its first flight on 15 August 1968 and was delivered to the RAAF on 22 August 1968. It served with the Central Flying School, the Roulettes aerobatic team and 76 Squadron at Williamtown, NSW. Upon being replaced by the BAE Systems Hawk, it was retired from service and allocated to 25 (City of Perth) Squadron for promotional purposes, but was later painted in 2 FTS markings. It is on display near the parade ground and old gate to RAAF Base Pearce. Photo © David Eyre
A7-027 Macchi (CAC) MB-326H (MSN CA30-27) in RAAF 2FTS markings at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. A7-027 was assembled in Australia by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation, making its first flight on 15 August 1968 and was delivered to the RAAF on 22 August 1968. It served with the Central Flying School, the Roulettes aerobatic team and 76 Squadron at Williamtown, NSW. Upon being replaced by the BAE Systems Hawk, it was retired from service and allocated to 25 (City of Perth) Squadron for promotional purposes, but was later painted in 2 FTS markings. It is on display near the parade ground and old gate to RAAF Base Pearce. Photo © David Eyre
A7-027 Macchi (CAC) MB-326H (MSN CA30-27) in RAAF 2FTS markings at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
A7-027 was assembled in Australia by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation, making its first flight on 15 August 1968 and was delivered to the RAAF on 22 August 1968. It served with the Central Flying School, the Roulettes aerobatic team and 76 Squadron at Williamtown, NSW. Upon being replaced by the BAE Systems Hawk, it was retired from service and allocated to 25 (City of Perth) Squadron for promotional purposes, but was later painted in 2 FTS markings. It is on display near the parade ground and old gate to RAAF Base Pearce. Photo © David Eyre
A7-027 Macchi (CAC) MB-326H (MSN CA30-27) in RAAF 2FTS markings at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. A7-027 was assembled in Australia by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation, making its first flight on 15 August 1968 and was delivered to the RAAF on 22 August 1968. It served with the Central Flying School, the Roulettes aerobatic team and 76 Squadron at Williamtown, NSW. Upon being replaced by the BAE Systems Hawk, it was retired from service and allocated to 25 (City of Perth) Squadron for promotional purposes, but was later painted in 2 FTS markings. It is on display near the parade ground and old gate to RAAF Base Pearce. Photo © David Eyre
A7-027 Macchi (CAC) MB-326H (MSN CA30-27) in RAAF 2FTS markings at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
A7-027 was assembled in Australia by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation, making its first flight on 15 August 1968 and was delivered to the RAAF on 22 August 1968. It served with the Central Flying School, the Roulettes aerobatic team and 76 Squadron at Williamtown, NSW. Upon being replaced by the BAE Systems Hawk, it was retired from service and allocated to 25 (City of Perth) Squadron for promotional purposes, but was later painted in 2 FTS markings. It is on display near the parade ground and old gate to RAAF Base Pearce. Photo © David Eyre
A7-027 Macchi (CAC) MB-326H (MSN CA30-27) in RAAF 2FTS markings at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. A7-027 was assembled in Australia by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation, making its first flight on 15 August 1968 and was delivered to the RAAF on 22 August 1968. It served with the Central Flying School, the Roulettes aerobatic team and 76 Squadron at Williamtown, NSW. Upon being replaced by the BAE Systems Hawk, it was retired from service and allocated to 25 (City of Perth) Squadron for promotional purposes, but was later painted in 2 FTS markings. It is on display near the parade ground and old gate to RAAF Base Pearce. Photo © David Eyre
A7-027 Macchi (CAC) MB-326H (MSN CA30-27) in RAAF 2FTS markings at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
A7-027 was assembled in Australia by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation, making its first flight on 15 August 1968 and was delivered to the RAAF on 22 August 1968. It served with the Central Flying School, the Roulettes aerobatic team and 76 Squadron at Williamtown, NSW. Upon being replaced by the BAE Systems Hawk, it was retired from service and allocated to 25 (City of Perth) Squadron for promotional purposes, but was later painted in 2 FTS markings. It is on display near the parade ground and old gate to RAAF Base Pearce. Photo © David Eyre

No. 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF

2 Flying Training School (2 FTS) RAAF Crest, in a crew lounge at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. The 2 FTS crest includes a flame torch to symbolise learning and a black swan to represent Western Australia, where the unit is based, as well as the transition of a student pilot from an ungainly cygnet to a graceful swan. Their motto is "Seek the heights". Photo © David Eyre
2 Flying Training School (2 FTS) RAAF Crest, in a crew lounge at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
The 2 FTS crest includes a flame torch to symbolise learning and a black swan to represent Western Australia, where the unit is based, as well as the transition of a student pilot from an ungainly cygnet to a graceful swan. Their motto is “Seek the heights”. Photo © David Eyre

The 2 FTS crest includes a flame torch to symbolise learning and a black swan to represent Western Australia, where the unit is based, as well as the transition of a student pilot from an ungainly cygnet to a graceful swan. Their motto is “Seek the heights”.

The unit has its origins in No 1 Advanced Flying Training School (1 AFTS), which was originally based at RAAF Point Cook in Victoria.

When jet fighters were introduced into RAAF service, pilot training could no longer be conducted on the CAC Wirraway piston-engined training aircraft. The De Havilland DH-115 Vampire T35 jet trainer was introduced.

Point Cook was not suitable for jet trainer operations, so No 1 AFTS relocated to RAAF Base Pearce in May 1958.

Ten years later, the Vampires were replaced by the Italian-designed Macchi MB-326H jet trainers and on 1 January 1969, 1 AFTS was reformed as No.2 Flying Training School (2 FTS).

In June 1989, the Swiss-designed Pilatus PC-9/A turboprop trainer was introduced to replace the MB-326H, which was phased out of 2 FTS service from 1989-1991 (the Macchis were transferred to 25 Squadron and later 79 Squadron at Pearce until replaced by BAE Systems Hawk 127 jets from 2000).

The PC-9s are becoming more difficult to maintain, with cockpit avionics and other systems dating back to the 1980s. The type was intended to be withdrawn in 2008, but  its life was extended to 2019 following a wing re-spar program which began in late 2004.

The RAAF took delivery of their first Pilatus PC-21 trainers during 2017 and these will replace the PC-9s over the next couple of years. New hangars are being built at Pearce for the PC-21s. Since 2008, the Republic of Singapore Air Force has also operated their own PC-21s at Pearce.

Pilots' helmets and G-suits in the 2 Flying Training School Aircrew Flight Equipment Room - RAAF Pearce - Friday 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
Pilots’ helmets and G-suits in the 2 Flying Training School Aircrew Flight Equipment Room – RAAF Pearce – Friday 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
Pilots' helmets and G-suits in the 2 Flying Training School Aircrew Flight Equipment Room - RAAF Pearce - Friday 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
Pilots’ helmets and G-suits in the 2 Flying Training School Aircrew Flight Equipment Room – RAAF Pearce – Friday 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
Cockpit Procedures Trainer for the Pilatus PC-9/A at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
Cockpit Procedures Trainer for the Pilatus PC-9/A at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Under the 'carport' flightline shelters are A23-021, A23-001, A23-009 and A23-024 under carport 1; and A23-011, A23-048, A23-008, A23-053, A23-049 under carport 2. Photo © David Eyre
Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
Under the ‘carport’ flightline shelters are A23-021, A23-001, A23-009 and A23-024 under carport 1; and A23-011, A23-048, A23-008, A23-053, A23-049 under carport 2. Photo © David Eyre
A23-021, A23-001, A23-009 and A23-024 Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. A23-001 was the first PC-9/A built for the RAAF and was one of two which were fully assembled in Switzerland. Photo © David Eyre
A23-021, A23-001, A23-009 and A23-024 Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
A23-001 was the first PC-9/A built for the RAAF and was one of two which were fully assembled in Switzerland. Photo © David Eyre
A23-011, A23-048, A23-008, A23-053, A23-049 Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-011, A23-048, A23-008, A23-053, A23-049 Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-015, A23-023, A23-040, A23-061, A23-034 Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. A23-061 still wears Roulettes Aerobatic Team markings on its tail. Photo © David Eyre
A23-015, A23-023, A23-040, A23-061, A23-034 Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
A23-061 still wears Roulettes Aerobatic Team markings on its tail. Photo © David Eyre
A23-061 and A23-034 Pilatus PC-9/A of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), and A27-23, A27-20, A27-06, A27-07, A27-21 BAE Systems Hawk 127 of 79 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. A23-061 still wears Roulettes Aerobatic Team markings on its tail. Photo © David Eyre
A23-061 and A23-034 Pilatus PC-9/A of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), and A27-23, A27-20, A27-06, A27-07, A27-21 BAE Systems Hawk 127 of 79 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
A23-061 still wears Roulettes Aerobatic Team markings on its tail. Photo © David Eyre
A23-021 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 521) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-021 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 521) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-001 (MSN 501) and A23-009 (MSN 509) Pilatus PC-9/A of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. A23-001 was the first of 67 PC-9/A aircraft delivered to the RAAF. The first two aircraft were assembled by Pilatus Aircraft at Stans, Switzerland, and the other 65 were assembled by Hawker de Havilland at Bankstown, NSW. This particular aircraft made its first flight on 19 May 1987 registered as HB-HQA. It was displayed at the Paris Air Show in June 1987. It later departed the Pilatus factory at Stans with HB-HQB (which later became A23-002) on the 12,576 mile delivery flight, arriving at Bankstown, NSW on 16 October 1987. Photo © David Eyre
A23-001 (MSN 501) and A23-009 (MSN 509) Pilatus PC-9/A of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
A23-001 was the first of 67 PC-9/A aircraft delivered to the RAAF. The first two aircraft were assembled by Pilatus Aircraft at Stans, Switzerland, and the other 65 were assembled by Hawker de Havilland at Bankstown, NSW.
This particular aircraft made its first flight on 19 May 1987 registered as HB-HQA. It was displayed at the Paris Air Show in June 1987. It later departed the Pilatus factory at Stans with HB-HQB (which later became A23-002) on the 12,576 mile delivery flight, arriving at Bankstown, NSW on 16 October 1987. Photo © David Eyre
A23-011 (MSN 511) and A23-048 (MSN 548) Pilatus PC-9/A of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-011 (MSN 511) and A23-048 (MSN 548) Pilatus PC-9/A of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-011 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 511) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-011 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 511) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-048 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 548) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-048 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 548) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-008 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 508) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-008 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 508) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-053 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 553) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-053 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 553) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-053 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 553) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-053 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 553) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-049 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 549) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-049 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 549) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-047 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 547) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-047 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 547) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-047 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 547) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-047 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 547) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-0.. Pilatus PC-9/A of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-0.. Pilatus PC-9/A of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-0.. Pilatus PC-9/A of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-0.. Pilatus PC-9/A of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-041 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 541) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-041 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 541) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-041 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 541) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-041 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 541) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-019 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 519) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-019 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 519) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-019 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 519) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-019 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 519) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-014 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 514) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-014 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 514) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-010 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 510) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-010 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 510) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-015 (MSN 515) and A23-023 (MSN 523) Pilatus PC-9/A of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-015 (MSN 515) and A23-023 (MSN 523) Pilatus PC-9/A of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-023 (MSN 523) and A23-040 (MSN 540) Pilatus PC-9/A of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-023 (MSN 523) and A23-040 (MSN 540) Pilatus PC-9/A of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-040 (MSN 540), A23-061 (MSN 561) and A23-034 (MSN 534) Pilatus PC-9/A of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. A23-061 still wears markings of the Roulettes Aerobatic Team on its tail. Photo © David Eyre
A23-040 (MSN 540), A23-061 (MSN 561) and A23-034 (MSN 534) Pilatus PC-9/A of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
A23-061 still wears markings of the Roulettes Aerobatic Team on its tail. Photo © David Eyre
A27-23, A27-20, A27-06, A27-07, A27-21 BAE Systems Hawk 127 of 79 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A27-23, A27-20, A27-06, A27-07, A27-21 BAE Systems Hawk 127 of 79 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A27-23, A27-20, A27-06, A27-07, A27-21 BAE Systems Hawk 127 of 79 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A27-23, A27-20, A27-06, A27-07, A27-21 BAE Systems Hawk 127 of 79 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-003 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 503) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. A23-003 was the first Australian-assembled PC-9/A, using a kit supplied by Pilatus, making its first flight on 14 November 1987 and was accepted by the RAAF on 9 December 1987. The first two PC-9s delivered to the RAAF (A23-001 & 002) were wholly built in Switzerland by Pilatus, and the other 65 aircraft (A23-003 to A23-067) were built under licence by Hawker de Havilland. Photo © David Eyre
A23-003 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 503) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
A23-003 was the first Australian-assembled PC-9/A, using a kit supplied by Pilatus, making its first flight on 14 November 1987 and was accepted by the RAAF on 9 December 1987. The first two PC-9s delivered to the RAAF (A23-001 & 002) were wholly built in Switzerland by Pilatus, and the other 65 aircraft (A23-003 to A23-067) were built under licence by Hawker de Havilland. Photo © David Eyre
A23-003 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 503) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. A23-003 was the first Australian-assembled PC-9/A, using a kit supplied by Pilatus, making its first flight on 14 November 1987 and was accepted by the RAAF on 9 December 1987. The first two PC-9s delivered to the RAAF (A23-001 & 002) were wholly built in Switzerland by Pilatus, and the other 65 aircraft (A23-003 to A23-067) were built under licence by Hawker de Havilland. Photo © David Eyre
A23-003 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 503) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
A23-003 was the first Australian-assembled PC-9/A, using a kit supplied by Pilatus, making its first flight on 14 November 1987 and was accepted by the RAAF on 9 December 1987. The first two PC-9s delivered to the RAAF (A23-001 & 002) were wholly built in Switzerland by Pilatus, and the other 65 aircraft (A23-003 to A23-067) were built under licence by Hawker de Havilland. Photo © David Eyre
A23-003 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 503) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Powered by the 1,150hp (derated to 950hp) Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-62 turboprop. A23-003 was the first Australian-assembled PC-9/A, using a kit supplied by Pilatus, making its first flight on 14 November 1987 and was accepted by the RAAF on 9 December 1987. The first two PC-9s delivered to the RAAF (A23-001 & 002) were wholly built in Switzerland by Pilatus, and the other 65 aircraft (A23-003 to A23-067) were built under licence by Hawker de Havilland. Photo © David Eyre
A23-003 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 503) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
Powered by the 1,150hp (derated to 950hp) Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-62 turboprop. A23-003 was the first Australian-assembled PC-9/A, using a kit supplied by Pilatus, making its first flight on 14 November 1987 and was accepted by the RAAF on 9 December 1987. The first two PC-9s delivered to the RAAF (A23-001 & 002) were wholly built in Switzerland by Pilatus, and the other 65 aircraft (A23-003 to A23-067) were built under licence by Hawker de Havilland. Photo © David Eyre
A23-018 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 518) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Powered by the 1,150hp (derated to 950hp) Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-62 turboprop. Photo © David Eyre
A23-018 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 518) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
Powered by the 1,150hp (derated to 950hp) Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-62 turboprop. Photo © David Eyre
A23-018 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 518) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Powered by the 1,150hp (derated to 950hp) Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-62 turboprop. A23-044 (MSN 544) is in the background. Photo © David Eyre
A23-018 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 518) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
Powered by the 1,150hp (derated to 950hp) Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-62 turboprop. A23-044 (MSN 544) is in the background. Photo © David Eyre
A23-018 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 518) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-018 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 518) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-018 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 518) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-018 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 518) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-044 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 544) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Undergoing maintenance. Photo © David Eyre
A23-044 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 544) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017. Undergoing maintenance. Photo © David Eyre
A23-060 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 560) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Still wearing Roulettes Aerobatic Team and '100 Years - Central Flying School' markings. Photo © David Eyre
A23-060 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 560) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
Still wearing Roulettes Aerobatic Team and ‘100 Years – Central Flying School’ markings. Photo © David Eyre
A23-060 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 560) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Still wearing Roulettes Aerobatic Team and '100 Years - Central Flying School' markings. Photo © David Eyre
A23-060 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 560) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
Still wearing Roulettes Aerobatic Team and ‘100 Years – Central Flying School’ markings. Photo © David Eyre
A23-060 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 560) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Still wearing Roulettes Aerobatic Team and '100 Years - Central Flying School' markings. Photo © David Eyre
A23-060 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 560) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017.
Still wearing Roulettes Aerobatic Team and ‘100 Years – Central Flying School’ markings. Photo © David Eyre
A23-017 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 517) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-017 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 517) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-065 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 565) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A23-065 Pilatus PC-9/A (MSN 565) of 2 Flying Training School (2 FTS), RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
Hangar under construction for Pilatus PC-21 aircraft of 2 Flying Training School, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
Hangar under construction for Pilatus PC-21 aircraft of 2 Flying Training School, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Fri 9 June 2017. Photo © David Eyre
A54-001 Pilatus PC-21 (MSN 234) of the Royal Australian Air Force, in 2 FTS markings, at Stans, Switzerland - Fri 12 August 2016. Taking off for an air-to-air photo shoot, now with the tail markings of 2 FTS (which is based at RAAF Base Pearce) and minus its Swiss registration HB-HWA. Photo © Stephan Widmer
The Future: A54-001 Pilatus PC-21 (MSN 234) of the Royal Australian Air Force, in 2 FTS markings, at Stans, Switzerland – Fri 12 August 2016.
Taking off for an air-to-air photo shoot, now with the tail markings of 2 FTS (which is based at RAAF Base Pearce) and minus its Swiss registration HB-HWA.
Photo © Stephan Widmer