RAAF Base, East Sale open day

RAAF Base, East Sale, will host a community open day on Sunday, May 8, giving the public a look at new buildings, simulators, and aircraft.

Air Base executive officer, Wing Commander Martin Quirke, it would provide an opportunity for people to see the results of the recent base redevelopment project.

“The $185 million base redevelopment project is in its final stages, with construction work scheduled to commence in July on facilities for the future pilot training system,” he said.

“A number of the training schools will be displaying their facilities and training simulators to the public, along with static aircraft and military ground displays. The public will have a rare opportunity to see a day in the life of RAAF Base, East Sale.

“We undertake critical training for air combat officers, joint battlefield airspace controllers and flying instructors here at RAAF Base, East Sale.

“With the Officer’s Training School also on base, every RAAF officer spends a portion of his or her initial training in the Sale community.”

 Gippsland MHR Darren Chester said he approached the Chief of Air Force late last year about allowing public access to the base, to give the community a greater understanding of the base’s importance to the local community.

Mr Chester said he was delighted the concept of an open day had been embraced. “The East Sale RAAF Base has long enjoyed strong community support, and I am pleased that the community will be able to learn more about the important role of the base to Australia’s Defence Force needs,” he said.

The day will be business as usual for most personnel, which will also be interesting for the public.

Amongst the displays at the community open day will be the Pilatus PC-9/A, CT-4B Airtrainer and the Beechcraft King-Air B350.

The RAAF Base, East Sale, community open day will be held on May 8, from 10am to 3pm, with more parking available through the rear gate on Lower Heart Rd.

Free tickets for the event will be available at www.eventbrite.com.au/e/raaf-base-east-sale-community-day-tickets-23209472156 until May 3, unless claimed earlier.

A total of 5000 tickets only will be issued.

In addition to a valid ticket, people aged over 16 must also have photo identification.

Displays are subject to operational requirements, weather and aircraft availability and are subject to change at short notice.