Aussie training aircraft tops 250,000 flying hours

Australian Defence Force Basic Flying Training School will celebrate 250,000 flying hours in the Pacific Aerospace CT-4B Airtrainer aircraft tomorrow with a massed flyover.

The significant milestone for both the unit and the aircraft will be marked by an official ceremony and a flypast of up to 16 aircraft.

The ceremony will commence at 11.35am with a military parade, followed by an address by BAE Systems and Royal Australia Air Force personnel.

CONTACT YearbookA commemorative plaque will also be unveiled.

After the ceremony, up to 16 CT-4B aircraft from Australian Defence Force Basic Flying Training School will conduct the flypast over the School and over Tamworth town.

The aircraft will conduct the flypast from 11.45am on Tuesday 12 July and will fly as low as 250 feet (76 metres) and at speeds up to 110 knots (208 km/h).

The aircraft will fly in a westerly direction, passing over the Tamworth CBD at 11.45am and Australian Defence Force Basic Flying Training School at 12.00pm before coming back to land from the east.

The CT-4B Airtrainer is scheduled to be replaced by the turbo-prop Pilatus PC-21 when ADF basic flying training moves to East Sale in Victoria in 2019 – read more details here.

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