Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today joined local Member for Throsby Stephen Jones to welcome two ex-RAAF Caribou aircraft to their new home at the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) in Albion Park Rail.
“I congratulate the Society for their successful tender, these aircraft will be a fantastic addition to the collection,” Mr Clare said.
“The planes will be used for Anzac Day events, Vietnam Veterans’ events and other heritage activities like Wings over the Illawarra.
“The Society will maintain these aircraft in flying condition so Australians will be able to continue to see these planes on the ground and in the air.”
Mr Jones said the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society is a not-for-profit organisation formed in 1979 by a group of aviation enthusiasts interested in the preservation of Australian aviation history.
“It is a great local organisation that works tirelessly to improve their collection and give the public the opportunity to see and understand our aviation heritage,” Mr Jones said.
The Caribou aircraft has a unique place in Australian military aviation history.
They were first brought into service in Vietnam, served with the United Nations Military Observer Group between 1975 and 1978 and were also used for humanitarian purposes in Papua New Guinea, East Timor and the Solomon Islands.
The Caribou was famous for its ability to take off and land on these short, crude dirt runways.
Caribous will also be preserved at RAAF Base Townsville, RAAF Base Amberley, the RAAF Museum at Point Cook and at the Australian War Memorial.
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