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.
|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|
|A23-020||520||4 Squadron, RAAF Williamtown, NSW. Grey camouflage.|
|A23-022||522||4 Squadron, RAAF Williamtown, NSW. Grey camouflage.|
|A23-029||529||CFS/Roulettes Aerobatic Team.
w/o 21.1.2005 near East Sale, Vic after engine failure. Crew ejected safely.
|A23-031||531||4 Squadron, RAAF Williamtown, NSW. Grey camouflage.|
|A23-032||532||4 Squadron, RAAF Williamtown, NSW. Grey camouflage.|
|A23-035||535||CFS/Roulettes Aerobatic Team.
w/o 5.8.1991 near East Sale, Vic during night TACAN approach. Both crew killed.
w/o 18.5.2011 near East Sale, Vic after engine failure. Crew ejected safely.
w/o 21/03/92 – Crashed 1km north of Albany, WA following accidental engine shutdown. Both ejected, passenger seriously injured.
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-
|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.|
|A27-15||DT15||Built in UK by BAE. First flight 23.5.2001 as ZJ643. Delivered to Australia 26.9.2001.|
|A27-27||DT27||Built in UK by BAE. First flight 11.9.2001 as ZJ643. Delivered to Australia 26.9.2001.|
|A27-30||DT30||Experimental two-tone grey camouflage|
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.
|9101||9V-YYA||109||First flight 21.1.2008|