Australia — King Air touches down in Townsville

No. 38 Squadron at RAAF Townsville will receive the eighth and final King Air Inter­im Light Trans­port, Greg Com­bet, Min­is­ter for Defence Materiel and Sci­ence announced today.
Three King Airs were hand­ed over from Army’s No. 173 Air Sur­veil­lance Squadron in Novem­ber 2009.

King Air A32-670
No 38 SQN liv­ery on King Air A32-670 on a coastal run from RAAF Base East Sale to Wilsons Promon­to­ry, Vic­to­ria.
Source: Aus­tralian Depart­ment of Defence
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Today’s air­craft is one of five brand new King Airs that have been deliv­ered to No. 38 Squadron this year. All eight are oper­at­ed under lease from Hawk­er Pacif­ic.

“No. 38 Squadron’s suc­cess with the King Air is the result of a ‘one team’ Defence/Industry approach at RAAF Base Townsville, in which Air Force per­son­nel are work­ing close­ly with Hawk­er Pacif­ic staff,” Mr Com­bet said.

“Hawk­er Pacif­ic and the Defence Materiel Organisation’s Train­ing Air­craft Sys­tems Pro­gram Office deserve cred­it for their efforts in pro­vid­ing very effec­tive sup­port.”

“The King Air is an inter­im replace­ment for the Cari­bou and is already prov­ing to be a reli­able and effi­cient light trans­port. The King Air pro­vides a flex­i­ble means of achiev­ing Aus­tralian Defence Force tasks across the region,” Mr Com­bet said.

“It deliv­ers the oppor­tu­ni­ty for Air Force to train new pilots and tech­ni­cians on an air­craft with mod­ern avion­ics and tur­bo­prop engines, and then tran­si­tion these per­son­nel to big­ger and more com­plex plat­forms, such as the C-130J, C-17, Wed­getail, and soon, the KC-30A.”

“At the same time, No. 38 Squadron is pro­vid­ing an oper­a­tional capa­bil­i­ty. The King Airs have flown mis­sions to New Zealand, Malaysia, and across Aus­tralia for the Aus­tralian Defence Force.”

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Aus­tralia