Vol 47

September, 2014




ABN 18 477 110 847


The Magazine by and for Serving and Ex-RAAF people - and others!


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Sadly, in the few months since our last issue, we have once again lost some very good mates.


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Our lovely Page 3 girl this issue is Robyn Pedrina and we remember Joan Wotton.


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Viruses are a real pain, Sam has a look at them and don't be fooled thinking you can't get a virus on an Apple machine.


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We’ve got lots of photos of different courses and different units,


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Ted’s got the latest Pension Rates and advice on how to get cheap airfares.


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The lovely Lisa Williams tells us her story.


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Bob Webster takes his Air Cam flying, an Iroquois arrives at the Bull Creek (WA) museum and the NBN you say??


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Allan finds some amazing new materials.


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The mighty Boeing 707 is 60 years old this year, read its story.


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Retirement Villages are in the news and there are too many Vet health myths.


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The hospital ship Centaur was sunk by the Japanese 71 years ago.


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Anthony’s mate Harvey has his say on terrorism and we look at some amazing aircraft.


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A lot of people got together at Coffs to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Caribou.


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A couple of blokes have been a bit crook and could do with a bit of a cheer up.


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We’re looking for a few people, perhaps you can help.


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This is where you have your say. We look forward to getting your letters - so please keep them coming.


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Here’s the news, all the news, the whole news and nothing but the news.


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The Index is now finished - all references have been linked so if you're looking for a topic or a photo of someone, click on the Index link on the top of each page and just follow the links.



If you agree or disagree with anything in this Magazine - please let us know.

Click on "Contact Us" at the top of any page and have your say.





RAM thought for the day.

Discharge is the great leveller.



Course Photos.


We intend to eventually have copies of as many RAAF courses (with names) as it is possible to obtain. When finished you will be able to search by course name and/or personal name and if your course is there, get a copy. Availability is the big problem, some photos are easy to get others we have to travel to copy but over the coming months we intend to do so. We now have most of the WRAAF course photos and names and will get them up soon. You can check what we have by going to the www.Radschool.org.au site then click “Course Photos”. If you see any errors let us know or if we're missing any names and you can provide them - please do.


Over time the list we've started will be expanded, we hope to be able to include courses that were held at Wagga, Frogers, Pt Cook, Sale etc.






Most (but not all) of the photos on our pages have been ‘crunched’ to make them open faster. If you want a copy of any in their original condition just email us, use the “Contact Us” link at the top of page, tell us which one you want (Vol and page #) and if we have a better copy we’ll email it back to you.


This edition contains a lot of photos and if your internet connection is not all that fast you will find some pages will take a while to load. If this is the case, it is best if you just open the page and wait a little while until it fully downloads before trying to navigate through it.






We’ve changed the membership rules. From now on anyone can join. If you’re RAAF (serving or Ex) you’re now a full member, everyone else is an Associate Member. We’ll change the membership application and the list of members soon.  We stopped being just Radschoolites a long time ago,


Please check the list of names and if you’ve joined but your name isn't there, please click on the "Join the Association" tag (there's one on the top of each page) fill in the details again and send it to us. If you’re not a member and would like to be, do likewise.


Also, if you change your address, or phone numbers or email address, or you just want to say hello, or you want to give us a tongue lashing, you can do so by clicking on the "Contact Us" tag, also at the top of each page and filling in the details. It's so easy even an instrument fitter could do it, it's all done on line, no printing out forms and no postage.


Over the past couple of months we have been able to put a bunch of people in contact with long lost mates - but that's only because we have your details. Please click on the Join the Association tag and fill it in, the more people that join the more we can match up.


If you want to get the RAM, but don’t want to join the association, that’s not a problem either. Just click on the “Contact Us” link at the top of each page and fill in the details and tell us to add your email to the list. Then whenever a new edition is released you will be advised.


We don't and won't give out your details to anyone so there is no risk of you being spammed.




New Look.


With the above in mind, we’ve decided to abbreviate the magazine name to "The RAM". We fully appreciate that design is not our strong point and if you can design/suggest a suitable masthead for us, please do.






If you're having a reunion and you would like us to cover it and publish it, let us know (well in advance if possible) and we'll see what can be done. We now have some generous sponsors who have contributed funds to the association so we do have limited travel funds available.






Our aim is to have this site error free – but that’s probably impossible. But with your help I reckon we can get pretty close. If you see any errors, be they punctuation, spelling, links that don’t work, facts wrong etc, (no matter how small) please let us know so we can fix them.




You can download the full magazine in PDF format HERE.

It is a very large file, contains 234 pages and will take a while to download.

The margins have been set so you can print on both sides of the page.








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