75SQN History


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6 Dec 1964 to 18 May 1967
Mirage III O A3-13 landing at Williamtown, 1965. Tail fin squadron emblem has top hat & cane, black & white diamonds and the first use of the Magpie. ~ Photo-RAAF.
Mirage over Nobby's Head at Newcastle in 1967, just prior to the Squadron moving to Butterworth. All the Mirages are now painted in an aluminum finish.~Photo 75SQN History books. ~ Photo-RAAF.

The RAAF entered the MACH2 age with the acquisition of the Mirage IIIO. The Mirage brought with it not only MACH2 performance (mach2.2) but an all weather radar with radar guided missile (MATRA R530) and heat seeking missiles (AIM-9B SIDEWINDER and later the MATRA R550).

The Mirage could also climb to 75,000ft, which necessitated the need to use a high altitude flying suit (the French EFA). This was one of the many new pieces of safety equipment that the SEW’s had to maintain, along with GENTEX flying helmets, P & Q Oxygen masks, CSU G-Suits, the parachute and raft fitted to the Martin Baker ejection seat and of course the brake chute.

The SQN, which was the first to equip with the Mirage, kept up the Darwin Det A during this time. The official SQN crest with the Magpie was selected at this time as well. The Mirage era at Williamtown also saw the last Fabric Workers at 75SQN, with the old mustering being absorbed by the Safety Equipment mustering.

  • Adrian Phillips,
  • Ross Robinson.
  • J.B. O’Meara,
  • Bill Barnes,
  • John Harris,
  • Anthony Biggins,
  • H.E. Wilson,
  • Clarence 'Jnr' Hangan,
  • Graham Wiseman,
  • Don 'Prong' Murray,
  • Angelo Albert,
  • Gary Hansberry.
  • Ray W. Garbutt,
  • Bruce Kucks,
  • Darcy Duggan,
  • Milton Herd,

Taken at Darwin in 1965 shows the flight equipment worn by the Mirage jocks of the day. Gentex HGU-2/P helmet, Mel Aviation “P” oxygen mask, Mk 8 life preserver and CSU-3/P g-suit. ~ Photo Bruce Adams

The introduction of the Mirage with its ability to climb past
75,000ft brought a need for high altitude pressure suits for
the pilots. The pilot is shown wearing the French designed
EFA-ARZ Type 30 partial pressure suit and EFA Type21 helmet. ~ Photo-Bruce Adams

The M.L. Aviation Co. Model 12P Type4B high altitude helmet from the UK was purchased when the helmet ventilation system on the Type 21 helmet, when turned on, caused problems with Oxy leaking passed the seal causing some Mirage pilots to blackout at high altitude when bunting. ~ Photo Bruce Adams

18 May 1967 to 10 Aug 1983

Mirage A3-27, late 1982 in experimental grey camo scheme. ~ Photo RAAF

Exercise “Fast Caravan” 75SQN’s move to Butterworth
in November 1967. WGCDR Jim Flemming on
arrival. ~ Photo 75SQN.

In May 1967 75SQN moved to Butterworth Malaysia. Regular deployments to Singapore occurred for exercises with RAF fighter squadrons, mainly 74SQN with Lightnings. The SQN also formed the first Mirage aerobatic team and had the first 1000hr Mirage pilot, Norm Goodall. During 1969 the SQN received the first of its IIIO 'A' version of the Mirage, all camouflaged, and the silver painted IIIO 'F' versions were returned to Australia.

With this change the SQN became multi-role instead of just air intercept. In February 1971 FLTLT Les Dunn captured the Tengah-Butterworth speed record with a time of 24mins 13secs, beating 74SQN (RAF) by 4 seconds, a record that still stands to this day. Many members enjoyed the life style in Butterworth and there were many mixed emotions when it was announced that 75SQN would return to Australia in 1983.

Changes to the Safety Equipment during this time were the replacement of the French EFA high altitude suit with a Canadian partial pressure suit, the replacement of the old MK8 Life Preserver for the underarm LPU-2/P and the introduction of a tree escape system. The GENTEX flying helmets also changed from the early 2/P, through the 2/A-P to the 26/P. The OM4 ejection seat with it’s soft pack seat pack and fabric horseshoe pack for the parachute was changed for the OM6 seat, which had fibreglass packs for both the liferaft and parachute.

  • Bruce Kucks,
  • Darcy Duggan,
  • Ray Gant,
  • Brian 'Has' Hasson,
  • Ron Christie,
  • Ron Ispen,
  • Ian 'Horrie' Graham,
  • Barry Langton,
  • John Harris,
  • John Raithby,
  • Ray Theobold,
  • Aubrey 'Tiny' Parsons,
  • Phil Blanck,
  • Murray Fitzgerald,
  • Gerry Laws,
  • Bill Berrill,
  • John Nash,
  • Bob Hixon,
  • Ron Moore,
  • Bob Richards,
  • Milton Herd,
  • Don 'Prong' Murray,
  • C.R. 'Ray' Appelby,
  • Adrian Phillips,
  • Dennis Carswell,
  • John Bailey,
  • Peter Nash,
  • Percy Davidson,
  • Max Drake,
  • Joe Keep,
  • Mal Kirkwood-Ryan,
  • Frank 'Jock' Doyle,
  • Nick Lukan,
  • Anthony Dunin,
  • Bruce 'Duck' Donald,
  • Peter Thompson,
  • Mal Cunningham,
  • Steve McNamara,
  • Terry Edwards,
  • Greg Millington,
  • Tony Biggins,
  • Graham Wiseman,
  • Trevor May,
  • Alex Nunn,
  • John 'Jack' McCosker,
  • Alan Cook,
  • Heuy Trounson,
  • Ross 'Robbie' Robinson,
  • Lou Hof,
  • Don Young,
  • Wayne Crouch,
  • Nigel Cunningham,
  • Ron Smalley,
  • Clarence 'Jnr' Hangan,
  • Alan 'Bunny' Haire,
  • Fred Dodd,
  • Bill Gross,
  • Phil Milde,
  • Ian 'Blue' Buck,
  • Pete Marytn.

The two photos show the minor changes in flight equipment from 1969 to 1982. The photo on the right (1969) shows a pilot egressing out of a Mirage wearing a HGU-2/P helmet with “P” type Oxy mask, LPU-2/P life preserver and CSU-3/P G-suit. By 1982 (left photo) the only changes were the helmet, HGU-26/P and the G-suit, CSU-12/P. ~ Photo’s 75SQN
LAC Bob Richards testing FLTLT Gordon's oxygen mask. ~ Photo 75SQN

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