The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) retired its fleet of PC-9/A tandem-seat, turboprop training aircraft in a ceremony held on 12 December at RAAF Base Pearce.
The PC-9 aircraft, the first of which entered service in 1987, “provided fantastic service to the Australian Defence Force [ADF] over the past three decades”, deputy air commander Australia, Air Commodore Guy Wilson, was quoted by the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra as saying.
The platforms, made by Swiss company Pilatus Aircraft, “successfully supported 103 pilot training courses and graduated more than 1,400 pilots from Navy and Air Force”, he said, pointing out that the move comes as the DoD “introduces one of the world’s most advanced training aircraft, the PC-21, as part of the new pilot training system project”.
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