The Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF's) fleet of PC-9A turboprop training aircraft is being wound down prior to its replacement by the Pilatus PC-21, with full retirement expected to take place by the end of 2019, the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra has confirmed.
The RAAF's acrobatic team, The Roulettes, undertook its final display in the PC-9A at the Avalon Airshow 2019 exhibition, which took place near Melbourne between 25 February and 3 March, and aircrew training courses are transitioning to the PC-21.
The first of 62 PC-9As was introduced into the RAAF in 1987, with pilot training for army, navy, and air force aircrew beginning in 1989.
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