Vol 65

April 2019

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


See Page 2.

Our lovely Page 3 girl this issue is Maeve Tennent and we have lots of old time pics.


See Page 3.

Spring clean your computer and if youre still using Win 7, you should consider upgrading to Win 10 soon.


See Page 4

Army 104 Sigs Sqn played an important part in the war in Vietnam.

See Page 5

  • The new Pension rates WEF 20March

  • The US Navy has a pregnancy problem, and.

  • Lots of DVA news

See Page 6

Warren Dickson sent us a copy of Llew Robbs life experiences.


See Page 7

  • 35 Sqn have moved to Amberley

  • Qantas bomb hoax

  • 114 MCRUs Sea coast survival.

 See Page 8

  • The History of Air Force 1

  • The KC-135 lives on

  • The Rolls Royce Trent engine.

See Page 9

  • The Appies got together at the Werribee RSL.

  • The RAAF celebrated 98 years and the Froggers Cadets unveiled a plaque in the ACT.

 See Page 10

  • How to manage stress.

  • What is Pancreatic cancer.

  • Are vaccines safe?

See Page 11.

  • Jeff remembers his time flying the old Caribou in Vietnam back in 1966/67

  • The Consolidated B-32

  • The V-22 Osprey

See Page 12.

We have a good look over

Fort Queenscliff


See Page 13.

3 Sqn blokes, who flew or fixed the Mirage in Butterworth (the Lizards), and their ladies, got together to party at Willytown.


See Page 14.

The 3 Sqn Lizard blokes and their ladies check out the F-35


See Page 15

  • A good idea at the time.  John tells of his nasty trip down the Wahgi Valley in PNG.

  • The Boeing 737 Max 8.

  • And more!

See Page 16

The Froggers DCS/ECS blokes and blokettes party party party

in Canberra.


See Page 17.

Were looking for a few people, perhaps you can help.  


See Page 18.

  • Surprise, surprise.  More correspondence on Climate change

  • The Great Generation V's the Green Generation

See Page 19.

  • Djinnang, Tels Techs, East Sale-ites and the RAAF Appies have reunions planned,

  • Brisbane ANZAC Day march line up.

  • Mobile phones are changing our world.

See Page 20.



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.




RAM thought for the day.


The older you get the more you appreciate cancelled plans, early nights, thunderstorms and alcohol that is on sale.




Were 20


Next month we turn 20. This little magazine is now 20 years old, thank you for sticking with us over the years. There have been a lot of changes along the way, we started out as a small paper newsletter which was mailed out to everyone but eventually as the newsletter grew and as our numbers grew, the cost of paper and postage was prohibitive and we were forced to take it on-line. Years back the newsletter changed over to a magazine and these days it goes out to 2598 people and the numbers are growing.


We try and cover as many and as varied stories as we can, were always on the lookout for reunions and get togethers, if youre having one and youd like us to cover it please let us know.


You can see Vol 1 HERE.




Our new Printer.


About 5 years ago, we (The Radschool Association) had applied to DVA for a grant to buy a new printer needed to print out the magazine. Back then we bought a Brother MFD laser colour printer that did everything, it faxed, it copied, printed on both sides of the paper all at about 20 pages per minute. It was great, it was state of the art back then, easy to use and it did a great job.


It did a million pages, but like us, it got old and eventually it died. For a year or so, with big dollops of life support, we managed to keep it going but in the end, apart from a complete rebuild, which was uneconomical, it was time to retire it.


A few months ago we made another application for a grant through the GRANTS SCHEME and again we were successful and were able to buy a Samsung super duper printer that should keep us going for years to come.


If you belong to an organisation that needs a computer or a printer or a camera or some other item to be used in the organisation, click the link above and submit an application.


It now takes a little while to get approval, the new scheme does not work as well as it used to work, but in the end the result is the same.





Remember when you had to smack the TV because the channel wasnt coming in clearly?

I feel that way about far too many people.




Buying a new car?


If youre a Radschool Member and contemplating buying a new car, we could save you thousands. The Radschool Association has done a deal with Australias biggest car brokers whereby you can purchase a car (your choice of make, colour, specs etc) at fleet discount prices.


To see further details, go to the Radschool Assoc home page (HERE) then click on New Car Purchase.






Current financial members can now receive a 12% discount on the base rate of the day when hiring a car from Thrifty. If youre thinking of hiring a car or an SUV or a people mover, this could save you heaps. If youre a member, send us an email HERE and well send you the promo code.




Savings for veterans.


Once the Proof of Service Card or Veterans Card as it will be called, is implemented, major corporations will be encouraged to offer special services and/or discounts to holders. Businesses will be encouraged to offer discounts on everything from groceries to power bills.


The details of the card will be worked through with state and territory governments and businesses. It will be separate to the Department of Veterans' Affairs health cards but will be similar to the approach adopted by Canada and the US. Already Woolworths, Coles, Kmart, Bunnings, Target, NRMA and Clubs Australia have signed up, while Westpac has expressed support for the idea. The reported percentages where between 5 and 10 per cent.


At present, many businesses and services find it hard to identify who is a veteran, with the problem most acute in states such as NSW and Queensland, each of which are home to more than 80,000 veterans.




2021 Celebration.


Weve had to put our preparations on hold until 1 July 2019 see the latest update HERE, though there is a chance that well know a lot more not long after ANZAC Day. More later.



The Sunday Concert event will be open to all in Melbourne and could look like this below, youll definitely want a reserved seat.


We must stress though, this is not an official Air Force event, it is being organised by the Radschool Association.



Remember, the other day Celebration events are open to anyone and everyone who has spent time at Ballarat, Laverton, Point Cook, St Kilda or Frognall, its open to clerks, cooks, framies, pilots, instructor, even radtechs, its irrespective of mustering. The individual cost to everyone will be minimal as were down the road aways with sponsors and its looking good.


If youre an ex-WAAAF, ex-WRAAF or female RAAF and you would like a Girls-own night on the Thursday 25 March in the Officers Mess at Laverton, were pretty sure we can arrange this, it will all depend on whether there is enough demand (there isn't at the moment - there's only 3) and whether the RAAF has plans for the night which at this stage looks like they dont. Youll need to fill in the FORM though.


Weve also arranged to hold a Sleep Rough night to be held in the Melbourne Showgrounds to honour and remember those that went before us and fought in WW2. A lot of those brave men and women were billeted or worked at the Showgrounds during the war and this will be our way of remembering them. If you want a rough night out, we ask that you get sponsored as we would like this to be a fund raiser event for the RAAF Association. Bring your own sleeping gear but we'll supply the food and water.


Early in 2020 well need you to commit and fill in another form with all names, shirt sizes etc and soon after that youll need to make a payment but more on that later too. Remember, the cost to everyone will be minimal as were down the road aways with sponsors and its looking good.


Well be asking for volunteers later too, people to help with set up, team leaders, crowd management, waiters etc, more on that later too.


Remember, keep an eye on our UPDATE page for the latest info.




Some people wont admit their faults.     I would if I had any!






Weve decided to go with the following membership.


                Full membership for $35.00 to 30 June 2021.


Theres no more annual Membership, only full Membership which will expire on the 30 June 2021.  As weve said, full membership is not compulsory, you can still receive the RAM which will remain open, free and available on the net.


So, if youd like to contribute and help us with the ever increasing costs, please join as a full member.


If you are already a member (ie: if your name is on this LIST), please fill in the form below and send it to us, if you havent already joined (if you're not on the list), please use the form HERE.


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BSB: 124-021       Account number: 1048 7401      Title:  RAAF Radschool Association.

Bank:  Bank of Queensland.

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You can of course pay more if you wish!!



AND!!  If you work for or know of a firm that would be kind and generous enough to sponsor the Radschool Association, please get in touch.






If you're having a reunion and you would like us to cover it and publish it, let us know and we'll see what can be done.






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