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RAAF No. 35 Squadron celebrates 75th anniversary

A RAAF C-27J Spartan takes to the skies over Sydney, New South Wales to celebrate 75 years formation of No 35 Squadron. Image via Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence.

The Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) No. 35 Squadron has marked the 75th anniversary of its formation with a celebratory flight over Sydney Harbour in a C-27J Spartan transport aircraft.

No. 35 Squadron Commanding Officer, Wing Commander Jarrod Pendlebury, said the celebratory flight capped off a year of accomplishments for the unit.

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"We were formed in March 1942, and our 75th year has certainly been a busy one as we continue to introduce the Spartan to Air Force service," Wing Commander Pendlebury said.

"The past 12 months have witnessed the first international deployments of the Spartan for Operation Hannah during the Papua New Guinea elections, and exercises in New Zealand and New Caledonia.

"Separately, we’ve conducted demonstrations of the Spartan’s unique landing capabilities, operating from locations like the Eyre Highway in South Australia."

Able to carry up to 34 passengers or five tonnes of cargo, the Spartan is intended to provide Defence with a ‘battlefield airlift’ capability, supporting deployed units on the frontline.

Its small dimensions and high performance allow it to operate from landing surfaces that are too small for larger transport aircraft like the Hercules and Globemaster.

“The Spartan’s talents are apparent in locations where major infrastructure has been damaged, such as during humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions,” WGCDR Pendlebury said.

“We can also conduct aero-medical evacuation missions, as well as delivery of cargo and personnel to a drop zone.”

The first Spartan was delivered to Australia in mid-2015, and this year has seen No. 35 Squadron grow from four to eight aircraft.

“More aircraft means more flying for us, so we’re especially grateful for the support of regional communities in central New South Wales, where a lot of our training is conducted,” WGCDR Pendlebury said.

“We’ll continue flying from RAAF Base Richmond until early 2019, when No. 35 Squadron will relocate to new facilities at RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland.”

RAAF No. 35 Squadron celebrates 75th anniversary
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