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RAAF Base Pearce

2 FTS (Flying Training School) : Pilatus PC-9/A

The RAAF purchased 67 Pilatus PC-9/A two-seat single-engine turboprop aircraft, delivered from late 1987.

The first two aircraft (A23-001 and 002) were fully assembled by Pilatus at Stans, Switzerland. The next six (A23-003 to 008) were assembled in Australia from imported components. Major components for a further 11 (A23-009 to 019) were supplied by Pilatus and the final 48 aircraft (A23-020 to 067) can be regarded as having been built in Australia. Aerospace Technologies of Australia (formerly GAF) supplied the fuselages and tailplane, Hawker de Havilland (HdH) Victoria (formerly CAC) the wings, Dunlop Aerospace the undercarriage and HDH at Bankstown was responsible for final assembly and flight testing.

After being displayed at the 1987 Paris Air Show, A23-001 (along with 002) arrived in Australia in October 1987 and was handed over to the RAAF the following month. A23-003 first flew in November 1987 and production was initially slow (only four delivered in 1988) but built up in 1989. The last RAAF PC-9 was delivered in March 1992.

The PC-9/A is flown by:

  • Central Flying School at RAAF Base East Sale, Victoria, where ADF fixed-wing flying instructors are trained. The CFS instructors also fly the PC-9/A for the RAAF Roulettes aerobatic team.
  • No 2 Flying Training School at RAAF Base Pearce, Western Australia, where ADF pilots are trained to ‘wings’ stage
  • Forward Air Control Development Unit at RAAF Base Williamtown, near Newcastle, to train Joint Terminal Attack Controllers.

At RAAF Base Pearce, trainee ADF pilots, having successfully completed the Basic Flying Course at the ADF Basic Flying Training School at Tamworth, undertake the Advanced Flying Training Course with No 2 Flying Training School, during which they fly 130 hours in the PC-9/A. Upon successful completion, graduates are awarded their wings and posted to a flying squadron.

Four modified PC-9/A(F) aircraft in grey camouflage are fitted with smoke grenade dispensers for target marking (A23-020, 022, 031, 032). These aircraft are based at RAAF Base Williamtown, near Newcastle with 4 Squadron, and are used to train ADF Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs, formerly forward air controllers), who coordinate air support to troops on the ground.

The original planned withdrawal date for the Pilatus PC-9/A fleet was 2008, but the ADF now expects the aircraft to remain in service until at least 2019 or later if required. Project AIR5428 will see the PC-9/As replaced by 49 Pilatus PC-21 aircraft from 2019. The type is already in operation with the Republic of Singapore Air Force at RAAF Base Pearce.

NOTE: This is a complete list of all RAAF PC-9/A aircraft. Most belong to 2 FTS, but some operate with the CFS/Roulettes or 4 Squadron. Aircraft can be rotated between units as required.

Serial CN Notes
A23-001 501 Built by Pilatus in Switzerland and flown to Australia as HB-HQA.
A23-002 502 Built by Pilatus in Switzerland and flown to Australia as HB-HQB
A23-003 503
A23-004 504
A23-005 505
A23-006 506
A23-007 507
A23-008 508
A23-009 509
A23-010 510
A23-011 511
A23-012 512
A23-013 513
A23-014 514
A23-015 515
A23-016 516
A23-017 517
A23-018 518
A23-019 519
A23-020 520 4 Squadron, RAAF Williamtown, NSW. Grey camouflage.
A23-021 521
A23-022 522 4 Squadron, RAAF Williamtown, NSW. Grey camouflage.
A23-023 523
A23-024 524
A23-025 525
A23-026 526
A23-027 527
A23-028 528
A23-029 529 CFS/Roulettes Aerobatic Team.
w/o 21.1.2005 near East Sale, Vic after engine failure. Crew ejected safely.
A23-030 530
A23-031 531 4 Squadron, RAAF Williamtown, NSW. Grey camouflage.
A23-032 532 4 Squadron, RAAF Williamtown, NSW. Grey camouflage.
A23-033 533
A23-034 534
A23-035 535 CFS/Roulettes Aerobatic Team.
w/o 5.8.1991 near East Sale, Vic during night TACAN approach. Both crew killed.
A23-036 536
A23-037 537
A23-038 538
A23-039 539 CFS.
w/o 18.5.2011 near East Sale, Vic after engine failure. Crew ejected safely.
A23-040 540
A23-041 541
A23-042 542
A23-043 543
A23-044 544
A23-045 545
A23-046 546
A23-047 547
A23-048 548
A23-049 549
A23-050 550
A23-051 551
A23-052 552
A23-053 553
A23-054 554
A23-055 555 2 FTS.
w/o 21/03/92 – Crashed 1km north of Albany, WA following accidental engine shutdown. Both ejected, passenger seriously injured.
A23-056 556
A23-057 557
A23-058 558
A23-059 559
A23-060 560
A23-061 561
A23-062 562
A23-063 563
A23-064 564
A23-065 565
A23-066 566
A23-067 567

79 Squadron : BAE Systems Hawk Mk.127 LIF (Lead In Fighter)

The BAE Systems Hawk 127 is used for initial or lead-in fighter training to prepare aircrew for operational conversion to the F/A-18 Hornet fighter.

With the Macchi MB-326H nearing the end of its service life and lacking the performance and avionics to be a lead in fighter trainer, in June 1997 a contract was signed with BAE Systems to supply 33 Lead-in-Fighter 127 Hawk aircraft, together with training devices and logistics support.

34 Hawk mk127 LIFT have been built for the Royal Australian Air Force. The first (A27-01) made its maiden flight in December 1999. 12 were built  by BAE Systems at Warton in the UK and a further 22 were assembled by BAE Systems in Australia at RAAF Williamtown, NSW. A27-28 was the last Australian-built Hawk to be delivered to the RAAF, in August 2001.

The Hawk 127 has an avionics package developed specifically to provide a mission system similar to that employed in the RAAF F/A-18 aircraft, featuring a full glass cockpit, new hands-on throttle and stick control system (HOTAS) and new avionics suite.
NOTE: This is a complete list of all RAAF Hawk aircraft. They are operated by 76 Squadron at RAAF Base Williamtown, near Newcastle, NSW and 79 Squadron at RAAF Base Pearce, near Perth, WA. Aircraft can be rotated between units as required and may still wear either Squadron’s markings. Callsign for 79 Sqn is PHOENIX.
Serial CN Notes
A27-01 DT01/1201 Built in UK by BAE. First flight 16.12.1999 as ZJ632 . Delivered to Australia 28.1.2001
A27-02 DT02/1202 Built in UK by BAE. First flight 13.5.2000 as ZJ633. Delivered to Australia 23.9.2000.
A27-03 DT03 Built in UK by BAE. First flight 13.7.2000 as ZJ634. Delivered to Australia 24.8.2000.
Experimental dark grey camouflage.
A27-04 DT04/1204 Built in UK by BAE. First flight 13.4.2000 as ZJ636. Delivered to Australia 24.8.2000.
A27-05 DT05 Built in UK by BAE. First flight 27.5.2000 as ZJ637. Delivered to Australia 1.9.2000.
A27-06 DT06 Built in UK by BAE. First flight 23.6.2000 as ZJ638. Delivered to Australia 1.9.2000.
A27-07 DT07/1207 Built in UK by BAE. First flight 9.11.2000 as ZJ639. Delivered to Australia 7.12.2000.
A27-08 DT08 Built in UK by BAE. First flight 20.7.2000 as ZJ640. Delivered to Australia 23.9.2000.
A27-09 DT09/1209 Built in UK by BAE. First flight 13.7.2000 as ZJ641. Delivered to Australia 24.8.2000.
A27-10 DT10 Built in Australia – first flight 17.5.2000.
A27-11 DT11 Built in UK by BAE. First flight 20.1.2001 as ZJ642. Delivered to Australia 28.1.2001.
A27-12 DT12
A27-13 DT13
A27-14 DT14
A27-15 DT15 Built in UK by BAE. First flight 23.5.2001 as ZJ643. Delivered to Australia 26.9.2001.
A27-16 DT16
A27-17 DT17
A27-18 DT18
A27-19 DT19
A27-20 DT20
A27-21 DT21
A27-22 DT22
A27-23 DT23
A27-24 DT24
A27-25 DT25
A27-26 DT26
A27-27 DT27 Built in UK by BAE. First flight 11.9.2001 as ZJ643. Delivered to Australia 26.9.2001.
A27-28 DT28
A27-29 DT29
A27-30 DT30 Experimental two-tone grey camouflage
A27-31 DT31
A27-32 DT32
A27-33 DT33
A27-34 DT34

Republic of Singapore Air Force

130 “Eagle” Squadron : Pilatus PC-21

In November 2006, the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) awarded a contract to Lockheed Martin Simulation, Training and Support to operate the RSAF Basic Wings Course and Pilatus supplied 19 PC-21 trainers under the contract. The type replaced the SIAI-Marchetti S-211 jet trainer.

The first six PC-21s were delivered to RAAF Pearce in April 2008 aboard an Antonov Airlines Antonov An-124 cargo aircraft. The PC-21 replaced the SIAI-Marchetti S-211 jet trainer in the Republic of Singapore Air Force from June 2008.

Callsigns used include EAGLE, CYCLONE, LIGHTNING, MONSOON, STORM.

Serial Civil reg CN
9101 9V-YYA 109 First flight 21.1.2008
9102 9V-YYB 110
9103 9V-YYC 111
9104 9V-YYD 112
9105 9V-YYE 113
9106 9V-YYF 114
9107 9V-YYG 115
9108 9V-YYH 116
9109 9V-YYI 117
9110 9V-YYJ 118
9111 9V-YYK 119
9112 9V-YYL 120
9113 9V-YYM 121
9114 9V-YYN 122
9115 9V-YYO 123
9116 9V-YYP 124
9117 9V-YYQ 125
9118 9V-YYR 126
9119 9V-YYS 127

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