RAAF Base East Sale

RAAF Base East Sale is located 220km South East of Melbourne, in Victoria's Gippsland region, and supports a capacity of approximately 700 personnel.

It opened as a training base on 22 April 1943 and was initially home to Number 1 Operational Training Unit (1 OTU), equipped with Bristol Beaufort light bomber aircraft. Following World War II, the Air Force Central Flying School was relocated from RAAF Base Point Cook to East Sale in 1947.

The base plays a major role in training the next generation of Air Force personnel under the Air Academy. This includes:

  • New Officers at the Officer's Training School;
  • Mission Controllers, Mission Aircrew and Operations Officers at the Air Mission Training School (AMTS); and
  • Air Traffic Controllers at the School of Air Traffic Control.

The base is also home to No 32 Squadron (which flies the King Air multi-role aircraft) and No 30 Squadron - airbase operations. The famous Roulettes aerobatic display team from Central Flying School is also located at RAAF Base East Sale.

Noise mitigation

Noise abatement procedures and strategies for RAAF Base East Sale are outlined in the RAAF Base East Sale Aircraft Noise Management Plan.

RAAF Base East Sale Base Aircraft Noise Management Plan V4.0 (PDF 1.83 MB)

Aircraft noise