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East Sale

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 1000 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 including new officers at the Officers’ Training School and aviation specialists under the Air Academy. This includes:

  • Initial Pilot Training at No 1 Flying Training School;
  • Mission Aircrew at Air Mission Training School; 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.

The base is located 6 km from Sale's CBD and base infrastructure was recently upgraded with a new Combined Training Facility for aviation training, Aviation Fuel Farm, Physical Fitness Complex, Air Traffic Control Tower, accommodation blocks for members on courses, Chapel and Community Support facilities.

The following Units operate from RAAF Base East Sale:

  • Headquarters Air Academy
  • Officers' Training School
  • No 1 Flying Training School - initial pilot training
  • No 453 Squadron East Sale Flight - air traffic control
  • No 32 Squadron - King Air multi-role aircraft
  • No 30 (City of Sale) Squadron - airbase operations
  • Central Flying School - flying instructor training
  • School of Air Traffic Control – Air Traffic Control Officer training
  • Air Mission Training School – Mission Aircrew training
  • Aviation Candidate Management Centre – Aviation Screening Program
  • Air Training and Aviation Commons Systems Program Office
  • No 1 Expeditionary Health Squadron Detachment East Sale
  • 4th /19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment
  • Estate and Infrastructure Group