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Author: Matt Struthers

38 Squadron 74th Birthday

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A hangar cocktail party celebrated 38 Squadron’s 74th birthday on Friday 15SEP17. Squadron members and partners were treated to 10 courses of canape’s and fantastic music provided by members of 1RAR band. The incoming OC86WG, GPCAPT Steve Pesce attended the evening catching up with Caribou aircrew WGCDR Mike Ward (CO), SQNLDR’s Matt Plenty (XO) and […]

Tactical Airlift

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2012 Tactical Airlift – Caribou Operations by GPCAPT R. J. ‘Chuck’ Connor This paper is an edited transcript of a seminar that was presented on behalf of the Air Power Development Centre on Wednesday 27 June 2012.

Landing with No Main Landing Gear

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Landing with No Main Landing Gear – Copy Reference: RadSchool Magazine Volume 52 Many years ago, (Sept 1968) Caribou A4-233 landed on its nose wheel and ramp door. The aircraft had just come out of the hangar after a D (major) service and unbeknown to one and all, the rods that close the left-hand under-carriage doors when the […]

22 April 1964 – First Caribous delivered to the RAAF

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On this day, three DHC-4 Caribou Mk 1 light transports arrived at RAAF Base Richmond on delivery from the De Havilland Aircraft Company of Canada factory at Downsview in Toronto, Ontario.  The Australian Government had placed an order for 18 of these aircraft in May 1963, the intention being to completely re-equip No 38 Squadron […]

21 Jul 1950 – RAAF transports flew in Malayan Emergency

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On 21 April 1950, the British Government asked Australia for a direct contribution of air units to help in defeating a Communist-led insurgency which had broken out in Malaya 22 months earlier. Australia agreed on 19 May to send a squadron of eight C-47 Dakota transports, and a month later No 38 Squadron arrived at […]

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