Vol 55

Sept 2016

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Sadly, in the few months since our last issue, we have once again lost some very good mates. (Page 2)

Our lovely Page 3 girl this issue is Mary Thompson and we have lots of old time pics. (Page 3)

What’s the difference between FAT32, exFAT and NTFS and what are file permissions. (Page 4)

We have lots of pics of old courses and some pics of Butterworth. (Page 5)

At last, an investigation into DVA and what happened to the Wankel rotary engine? (Page 6).

Nick Ford was the first to belly land a Mirage and walk away. He tells us when, where and why. (Page 7)

The Red Hat ladies get together in Caloundra.   Is Australia ready for a hi-tech war?  (Page 8)

One of our Spartans crash lands and we have the “Harry de Wheels” story.  (Page 9)

50 years ago, 6RAR fought a remarkable battle at Long Tan. The AWM held a wonderful ceremony to remember it. (Page10)

What to do about mozzie bites and are fitness trackers worthwhile? (Page11)

Jeff takes us on another of the Wallaby runs from his time with the Caribou in Vietnam. More on the F-35.  (Page 12)

The report into the fatal Mirage accident at Butterworth and Caribou A4-228’s last sortie. (Page 13)

2 Squadron Assoc members gathered at Caloundra to dedicate a Plaque to commemorate the Sqn’s Vietnam service. (Page14)

3 Sqn Association members got together at the Currumbin RSL. (Page 15)

John remembers the time he was declared not suitable for fighter aircraft and he has a look at Convair’s YB-60 and the P-47 Thunderbolt. (Page 16)

Sick Parade. A couple of our mates have been crook. We wish them a speedy recovery. (Page 17)

We’re looking for a few people, perhaps you can help. (Page 18)

This is where you have your say. We look forward to getting your letters - so please keep them coming. (Page 19)

Here’s the news, all the news, the whole news and nothing but the news. (Page 20)



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Alan Jones - Dan Tehan.  TPI.


We had the following in Vol 54


"Alan Jones interviewed Dan Tehan, the Minister for Veterans' Affairs on his breakfast program on the 2nd June. He brought up the subject of inequality of TPI's compensation payments and how TPIs have been losing buying power and asked the Minister why TPI payments have not been resorted to 100% of the tax adjusted minimum wage. The Minister was put on the spot but has promised to come back to Alan Jones with an answer.


You can hear an edited version of that interview HERE."


We wrote to Dan Tehan some time ago asking him what his intentions are, to date he hasn't bothered to reply.........what does that tell you??




RAM thought for the day.


Be who you are and say what you feel, because those that matter don’t mind,

and those that mind, don’t matter!







We’ve decided to go with the following membership.


·                1 year’s full membership for $12.00

·                Life (5 year’s) full membership for $50.00


Annual Membership will run from July one year to June the next, with this year’s annual membership expiring in June 2017. As we’ve said, full membership is not compulsory, you can still receive the RAM which will remain open, free and available on the net and we’ve decided to limit life membership to 5 years because as we’ve recently discovered, we’re all mortal and 5 years could very well be a lifetime.


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Oh Dear!


OK, so we haven’t mentioned the F-35 for a while, purely out of the goodness of our hearts, but we can’t ignore the latest bad news. In recent months, Lockheed, the US government and various F-35 boosters have been trying to play up the success of the grossly over-cost, decade-late aircraft that Australia is wasting billions on. Alas, the Pentagon, which is the chief purchaser of the aircraft, isn’t buying it. In a shocking memo obtained by Bloomberg, the Defence Department’s chief weapons tester has damned the project, declaring “the program is actually not on a path toward success but instead on a path toward failing to deliver”. And there is a “substantial risk” that full combat capability will not be obtained. This is despite the Air Force awarding the aircraft “initial combat capability” recently. The whole project “is running out of time and money to complete the planned flight testing and implement the required fixes and modifications”.


Worse, problems “continue to be discovered at a substantial rate”. There’s also a minor ongoing problem of not having “a functioning and accurate gun”. Further details HERE.


So, all’s going well then?






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