75SQN History

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DARWIN NT
DASSAULT MIRAGE IIIO
11 Aug 1983 to 10 Ooc 1988

75SQN Mirages over Darwin 1988. ~ Photo RAAF.

The move to Darwin was the start of a long association with the top end that continues to this day. Deployments included trips to Pearce, Townsville and overseas trips to Singapore and the Philippines. October 1988 saw the phasing out of the Mirage, 75SQN being the first and last to operate the French Delta, an era spanning 23 years and 8 months. During that time the SQN lost nine Mirages, three of the accidents being fatal, one the CO in 1969 WGCDR Myers. The most bizarre accident happened in July 1977 when a 75SQN Mirage landed on top of a 3SQN Mirage killing its pilot.

The only major change to the Safety Equipment during the stay in Darwin was the introduction of the SECUMAR AUS-2 Life preserver.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT WORKERs
  • Ian 'Blue' Buck,
  • Steve Thompson,
  • Jeff Price,
  • Philip 'Phil' Milde,
  • Glen Morcom,
  • Lindsay Tucker,
  • Neil Erickson.
  • Terry Edwards,
  • Helen Bloomfield,
  • Kevin Condon,
  • Sherree Fenton,
  • Graham Jones,
  • Kendal Fox,
  • Brian 'Has' Hasson,
  • Kevin Roach,
  • Alan Parise,
  • 'Hoots' Houthousen,
  • Marian 'Zac' Zarzecki,
  • Geoff Muir,



WGCDR Bill Evans wearing 1988 flying gear consisting of CSU-13B/PG-suit, bikini harness for tree escape and SECUMAR AUS-2 life preserver. ~ Photo RAAF.

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE FIGHTING 75th AT THE TOP END.

L-R Terry Edwards, Neil Erickson, Kendal Fox, Phil Milde, Alex 'Hoots' Houthuysen, Skinny Tucker, Marian 'Zac' Zarzecki.


LAST OF THE MIRAGES, FIRST & LAST OF THE XMAS CARDS. 1988.


WILLIAMTOWN NSW DET A
F/A18 HORNET
Feb 1988 to Sep 1988

Sabre, Mirage and Hornet flying over Stockton beach NSW 1988. ~ Photo RAAF.

Whilst still operating the Mirage in Darwin the SQN set up a detachment in Williamtown (DET A) to see in the F/A18 Hornet. Thus the SQN was the only fighter SQN to operate the Mirage and Hornet at the same time. The opportunity was taken to do a air to air photo shoot, along with the museum Sabre which is in 75SQN colours, bringing together in the air for the only time all three types in 75SQN colours.

New Safety Equipment was the introduction of the 55/P Helmet, along with the associated equipment for the SJU/9 ejection seat for the Hornet. It was also around this time that the mustering again changed, from Safety Equipment Worker to Aircraft Life Support Fitter.

AIRCRAFT LIFE SUPPORT FITTERs
  • Steve 'Tets' Tetley,
  • Gary Mears.



TINDAL NT
F/A18 HORNET
Sep 1988 to 2006

The Hornets moved to the newly re-built Tindal RAAF Base in September 1988. Regular deployments are carried out to Townsville, Pearce, Darwin, Williamtown and overseas to Singapore and Malaysia. Two 75SQN Hornets have been lost to date with the loss of both pilots, one being the CO, WGCDR Ross Fox.

As well as maintaining the flying clothing equipment, the section also services the SKU/5-A seat packs and liferaft. Plans are in place for a parachute servicing room but at the moment the parachutes are serviced at Williamtown.

AIRCRAFT LIFE SUPPORT FITTERs
  • Steve 'Tets' Tetley,
  • Allan Pettigrove,
  • 'Russian' Baikaloff,
  • Dave Holman,
  • Anthony Cooper,
  • Adam Noble,
  • Gary Mears.
  • Peter Lewin,
  • Chris Zerner,
  • Neil Erickson,
  • Craig Buck,
  • Doug Vaughan,
  • Bill Gross,
  • Glen Morcom,
  • Greg Bayne,
  • 'Skip' Nelson,
  • Cathy Ward.
  • Paul Mason,

Tindal's first occupants L to R Pete Lewin, Bill Gross, Gary Mears, Al Pettigrove, Steve Tetley.


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