Aircraft Life Support Fitter,
Safety Equipment Worker & Fabric Worker

2001 Newsletter No 5

Vol: 5

Date: 15 Dec 2001

Webmaster Welcome

Welcome to the fifth issue of the ALSFITT Newsletter on the web! The first four web based newsletters have been a great success. I still get a few comments about the first four newsletters, although the number of pictures, clipping & articles I received is getting fewer. I have been promised a few articles & stories for future additions, but haven't received them yet. Well, although this is not an official site I do request that your articles be kept on the clean side as I don't want this site banned from being viewed on intranet computers. So send me your articles and I will add them to this newsletter.

The idea of the newsletter is to bring news to all fellow ALSFITTs, SEW & Fabric Workers past and present. It can detail the things that are happening at your place of work and/or the social antics of your comrades around the various units, whether it be on trips or just your day-to-day activities within the section. It could also detail the successes people have made since their release to the outside. Truth and accuracy should never stand in the way of a good funny yarn! I'm hoping the publishing of the newsletter on the web will be a great morale booster and hope all members look forward to its regular release.

Webmaster ALERT!
For security reasons this webpage has had all current events and news removed. From now on there will only be historical news and information in the web-based newsletters.

P.S. The webmaster reserves the right to edit articles of an extremely sensitive nature.

Past and/or present members, I need you to send me your articles (stories, pictures and/or graphics) if you want this newsletter to survive on the web. Any good stories will be included in the stories section of the site. Any pictures will be added to the pictures section of the site. Any information about past or present members will be amended in the member's lists area of the site. Any items for sale will be included in the products section of the site. Also if members wish to advertise their businesses I will add a link of your site in the links area of the site.

Let us know what you think and encourage everyone to check out this newsletter, it has great potential. I will try to correlate all the info I receive and keep everyone informed on the whereabouts of all ALSFITTs, SEWs & Fabric Workers past and present serving in the RAAF, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait or anywhere else they may be.


The ALSFITT WEB WORM is the replacement for 'Dear Coly'. The worm is likely to pop up any where any time. If you have anything that you think the worm should know about, please tell the . All things the worm sees or hears will go in this section. Things that the worm has seen or heard recently are:

  • I was told that there is a NCO at Richmond that likes his women in......wait for it ......nappies ! Yes you read it right, just as I heard it. NAPPIES !,
  • I recently heard that Craig Cotton, Pete Lewin & Wayne Webster are discharging soon, and
  • I recently heard the very sad news that Peter Farantouris passed away.
Assorted Pic's
Know any of these members?

These are some pics of a well know member of an ALS Section.


Do you know any of these members?


..... a 3SQN SEW fitting some ALSE to a 3SQN pilot! (RAAF Photo)


Who's the pretty boy Corporal and his trusty offsider? (RAAF Photo's)


An old group shot of 77SQN way back in 1973. (RAAF Photo)


Newspaper article about the end of the WRAAF Parachute Packers. (RAAF Photo)

We need stories to keep this newsletter afloat. They can be a section, base or personal story I don't care. Any news is good news. They can be from past members as well. Tell us all how you are going since you got out. Submit a story!

ALSFITT Reservists Search

I have been asked to search around and seek out all the ALSFITT Reservists. Once I get the names I will add a page within the site with all their names and hopefully E-Mail contacts as well. By having a list of Reservists and their contact, it will make it easier for anyone looking for someone to do some relief manning. So if you are a serving Reservists, or know of a serving Reservists, please contact the webmaster with the details.


This segment is designed to keep you informed of where your fellow trade members are now. This can either be 'retired members' or 'serving members'. If you know the whereabouts of your fellow members, drop me a line and I will include them in here.

The following member recently made contact:

  • Craig Gregor, (Oakey),and
  • Gary Hansberry, (Brisbane).

I've had a few inquires as to the whereabouts of:

  • Dale Gunning, and
  • Mick Adams.