Air Force Spartan flypast for funeral service of World War Two Veteran

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A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-27J Spartan will conduct a flypast of Narrabeen on Friday, November 23, of the funeral service for veteran pilot, Flight Lieutenant Cec Barlow.

The aircraft will fly over the RSL Lifecare Anzac Village, on Veterans Parade in Narrabeen between 2.50pm and 2.55pm. The aircraft will approach from the south and fly at an altitude of no lower than 75 metres.

Please note that this flypast is subject to variables including weather, operational availability, and air traffic control; and may be subject to cancellation at short notice.

Born 31 January 1920, Cecil Barlow enlisted in the RAAF in Brisbane on 21 May 1942. He graduated as a pilot in Canada as part of the Empire Air Training Scheme, a venture of the British Commonwealth that trained over 131,500 aircrew in Canada.

Following graduation, he initially served as an instructor in Canada before moving to fly the Mosquito light bomber in Nova Scotia, flying anti-submarine missions in the North Atlantic to protect convoys bound for Europe.

Flight Lieutenant Barlow returned to Australia following the War, and was discharged from service on 30 November 1945. He worked as an accountant and general manager through to his retirement, and was an active member of the Pathfinder Force Association in Australia.

The Pathfinder Force Association is a collective of Second World War veterans and associates, and has a close relationship with RAAF Base Richmond in Sydney’s northwest. Sadly, Flight Lieutenant Barlow passed away on 17 November 2018, age 98 years.

The C-27J Spartan conducting the flypast on Friday is operated by No. 35 Squadron from RAAF Base Richmond. Introduced to RAAF service in 2015, the Spartan is a light transport which can provide battlefield airlift to Defence operations.


Information on aircraft noise and current flying activities is available at, or by calling 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 362)