Air Force Spartan comes to David Hack Classic in Toowoomba

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The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will join the static display at the David Hack Classic held at Toowoomba Airfield on Sunday, 20 May.

A C-27J Spartan battlefield airlift aircraft will be open for viewing at the event, with its cargo bay configured for Aero-Medical Evacuation missions.

Former Kingaroy resident, Flight Lieutenant Oliver Kersnovski, will be flying the aircraft up from RAAF Base Richmond. Prior to joining the Air Force, Flight Lieutenant Kersnovski spent many weekends learning to fly from Toowoomba Airport.

“Toowoomba Airfield has a relatively small runway, but it’s just the right fit for a tactical transport aircraft like the Spartan,” Flight Lieutenant Kersnovski said.

“Our role is to deliver cargo, people and equipment to airfields that larger transports can’t get into, and bring them out safely.”

“I’ve been lucky enough to fly the Spartan up to Toowoomba in the past on training missions, and I’m really looking forward to showing the aircraft at the David Hack Classic.

“We’ve also managed to crew the aircraft with a number of former Toowoomba locals so it will be great for them to display the Spartan to their old community.”

Organised by the Rotary Club of Toowoomba North, the David Hack Classic will raise money for Leukaemia Foundation, Blue Care, and other charities. The event will feature vintage aircraft along with restored classic and antique cars.

These attractions will contrast with the newly-introduced C-27J Spartan, with ten aircraft brought into RAAF service between June 2015 and April 2018. The Spartan can carry 34 passengers or five tonnes of cargo, or be configured to airdrop cargo, paratroops, or search and rescue kits.

RAAF medical specialists will be with the Spartan at the David Hack Classic to explain how the aircraft can be used for Aero-Medical Evacuation missions. No. 35 Squadron, which operates the Spartan from RAAF Base Richmond in New South Wales, is colloquially known as ‘Wallaby Airlines’ from its service during the Vietnam War.

More information about the C-27J Spartan is available from https://www.airforce.gov.au/technology/aircraft/air-mobility/c-27j-spartanInformation about this event is available from http://therotaryclub.com.au/content/628/david-hack-classic

Information on aircraft noise and current flying activities is available at http://www.defence.gov.au/aircraftnoise, or by calling 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 362)