By Ian McPhedran
A revealing examine the Royal Australian Air strength in struggle and peace because the East Timor drawback in 999, from bombing raids over Bagdad and logistic aid in Afghanistan, to surveillance, reconnaissance and humanitarian missions world wide. Award-winning journalist and best-selling writer Ian McPhedran takes us on one other particular trip, this time to the center of the RAAF via own tales of fighter pilots' bombing raids over Iraq, hi-tech undercover agent planes over Afghanistan, the operational nerve centre of the center East conflict and the lads and girls who bring humanitarian relief and alleviate pain world wide. this is often the compelling narrative within the RAAF's ninetieth yr of its plane, traditions and personalities, from the corridors of energy in Canberra to far-flung bases round Australia and the area, in additional than a decade of quick swap as expertise propels it into the following iteration of air strength and the futuristic period of stealth. it's a must-read not just for aviation and armed forces buffs or those people who are fascinated with what the RAAF has been doing when you consider that 999, yet for an individual who has glanced skywards on the sound of an air strength aircraft passing overhead. we all know much approximately what the military has been as much as considering the fact that East Timor in 999, yet what concerning the Air strength? Air strength used to be a key deterrent through the 999 East Timor quandary, while F- s have been despatched to Tindal within the Northern Territory and used for reconnaissance flights over the island. The RAAF has been very busy on operations world wide, from F/A- eight Hornet combatants shedding bombs on Saddam's palaces in Baghdad to Hercules C- 30 and large C- 7 delivery planes aiding conflict combating and humanitarian missions everywhere in the globe. Then there are the P-3 Orion undercover agent planes flying clandestine evening missions through the center East or utilizing their high-tech imaging gear to discover misplaced yachtsmen within the Southern Ocean. that includes unpublished and formerly mystery fabric, together with bomb digicam imagery.
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John Oddie finished his command of Air Lift Group in December 2010 and moved on to become Deputy Commander Joint Task Force 633 in the Middle East Area of Operations during 2011. Chapter 4 BALI BOMBINGS The scale of human devastation was the biggest shock for the first RAAF C-130 crews to hit the ground at Denpasar airport following the first Bali bombings in October 2002.
Air Force - Inside the new Era of Australian Air Power by Ian McPhedran