A RAAF C-17 Globemaster III from No. 36 Squadron was dispatched to Europe in January to fetch the first of eight new fixed-wing aircraft for the Australian Air Force Cadets.
CAPTION: A C-17A Globemaster loadmaster secures a boxed-up DA40 NG aircraft destined for Australian Air Force Cadets use. ADF photo.
The special air-freight delivery was organised so that the AAFC could showcase their new equipment at the Australian International Airshow – and, no doubt, so that Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester had a live aircraft on hand to announce the lease arrangement at Avalon.
Eight Diamond DA40 NG light aircraft have been leased for exclusive use of the AAFC for the next 10 years.
DA40 NG features the latest in avionics and a turbocharged jet-fuel piston engine, which will give cadets the opportunity to learn on an aerodynamically advanced aircraft with contemporary navigation and flight control systems.
Another seven Diamond DA40 NG aircraft are expected to be delivered to Australia [presumably by sea?] before the end of this year.
The aircraft will be based at RAAF Base Amberley in south-east Queensland, RAAF Base Richmond in NSW and RAAF Base Point Cook in Victoria and regularly deployed to regional areas on weekends and during school holiday periods.
The C-17A Globemaster from No. 36 Squadron picked up the first of Diamond DA40 NG from Linz in Austria on 23 January 2019.
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