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September 30, 2010
By LAC Aaron Curran
IT IS widely known that squirrels
don't fly, but at the 2010 Defence
Air Show, they did get airborne and
entertained thousands in the process.
Navy's Squirrel helicopters
took to the skies above RAAF Base
Williamtown on September 18 and 19
as part of the aerial displays put on
for the more than 60,000 people who
The Taipan Display Team from
723SQN (CMDR Don Dezentje) have
entertained air show crowds for many
years and this year was no different.
As well as the Taipan Display
Team, Navy took one Squirrel, a Sea
King, Seahawk and an A109E Augusta
helicopter to use in both static and fly-
LCDR Ian Parrott, 723SQN's
detachment commander, said the
weekend went really well.
"The general public's reaction was
very positive," he said.
"They were interested in the air-
craft and impressed by the fact that we
brought so many to the show."
He said it was good for Navy to be
at the air show because it showed the
ADF was a joint organisation.
"I have been to many air shows
and our team of 18 aircrew, maintain-
ers and engineers had a great time,"
LCDR Parrott said.
Flying one of the Squirrels was
LEUT Sam Dale whose job on the
Saturday was not easy due to the high
winds that blew all day.
"It was quite windy on the 18th and
it reached the upper limit of what we
were prepared to fly in," LEUT Dale
"We dealt with it and did the best
to hit the centre line on each of our
runs. The display turned out well
from our end and hopefully the crowd
Navy was also well represented
at Defence Force Recruiting (DFR)
stands with personnel talking to people
looking at a career in the Navy and
ADF as a whole.
SBLT Joel Bury, also from
723SQN, was at the Navy Aviation
Prospect Scheme stand alongside
"We had four emulators -- two rota-
ry wing and two fixed wing," he said.
"The purpose of the emulators was
to get the kids used to what aviation
actually is. The feedback from the
public was good and we were also
well received by DFR."
SBLT Bury and the other Navy
staff with the emulators told kids what
life was like in a squadron, what the
training was like and what you really
needed to do in school to get there.
"We got a lot of interest from teens
around the Year 10 mark," he said.
Squirrels wow the crowd
at Defence air show
"It was my first Defence air show
and it was definitely a lot bigger than
Wings over Illawarra."
CROWD PLEASERS: A
Seahawk helicopter from
816SQN conducts a winch-
ing display while, inset, the
Squirrels from 723SQN per-
form their aerial display.
Photos: CPL David Gibbs
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