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Meet the neighbours

28 May 2008

HMAS ALBATROSS Navy personnel demonstrate their skills to their neighbours during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations for HMAS ALBATROSS and the Fleet Air Arm Museum Open Day.

A range of current and historic military aircraft were on display during the Fleet Air Arm Museum’s Open Day in Nowra on Sunday, 25 May 2008, with an attendance of over 1400 people passing through the gates.

The event is part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations for the Fleet Air Arm and its home, the Royal Australian Navy establishment, HMAS Albatross.

Commanding Officer of HMAS Albatross, Captain Mark Sackley, said Navy was looking forward to the event as it would showcase the historical development of the Fleet Air Arm and HMAS Albatross.

“This will be an opportunity for the local community to help us celebrate the history of naval aviation in the Shoalhaven over the past 60 years,” Captain Sackley said.

The Open Day saw static displays of current Navy helicopters, along with aircraft from the RAN Historic Flight, Raytheon, and Pelair. A Neptune, Dakotas, Winjeel and Tiger Moth from the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society were also on static display.

The Army Parachute Training School jumped twice during the day from the Historic Flight UH-1B Iroquois helicopter and the Shoalhaven, Illawarra and Sydney Jet model aircraft clubs flew between 11am and 1pm putting on an impressive display for the crowd.

Other highlights included displays by the RAN Hydrographer, Navy Clearance Divers and the RAN Band. The Royal Australian Air Force Dog Squad gave two demonstrations and several military vehicle clubs displayed their motorcycles, trucks and jeeps.