Don Scott / Gus Mauch Hangar

September 2009

 

 

 FLTLT (AAFC) Bob Kilpatrick, Don Scott, Gus Mauch and DCAF AVM Geoff Brown AM

   

 [Australian Air Force Cadets - "Wing Span 2 Wing" - Issue 11 January 2010]

 

Number 2 Wing Australian Air Force Cadets (2WGAAFC) was instrumental in introducing gliding to the cadet syllabus back in 1968. Nine cadets began a history-making glider flying test course at the Southern Downs Soaring Club, at the Warwick aerodrome on December 30th 1968 and it was officially endorsed by the then Air Force Support Command as an official cadet activity. The bulk of the finances for the test school were donated by Wing Commander Gordon Olive DFC, a WW2 bomber pilot.

The gliding training was conducted by a local gliding instructor, Gus Mauch OAM. Since 1968 there have been thousands of young people who have gained their wings, learning to fly with the 2WGAAFC gliding flight. Many have gone on to forge a flying career in the Australian Defence Force and major airlines.

On Saturday 26th September 2009 at 11.30am, the 229 Flight Australian Air Force Cadets (229 FLT AAFC) officially opened their new hangar, which is located at the Warwick aerodrome. After years of negotiations and hard work, the project to get a brand new Vietnam-era former Iroquois helicopter hangar assembled to house the flight’s fleet of five gliders had come to fruition. With the support of the State RSL, South district RSL and the Forest Lake RSL, the President of the Forest Lake RSL and Commanding Officer of 229 FLTLT (AAFC), Bob Kilpatrick, helped to complete the successful negotiations to finance the assembly of the hangar.

Former Toowoomba 210 Squadron Australian Air Force Cadet, Deputy Chief of Air Force, Air Vice- Marshal Geoff Brown, AM, officially opened the hangar. It will be named in honour of the original chief instructor for the cadets Gus Mauch OAM and the longserving past Commanding Officer of the gliding flight, Don Scott MBE. Both gentlemen, who are in their 80s, attended the official opening and witnessed the naming of the hangar in their honour.

At the conclusion of the official opening of the Gus Mauch OAM – Don Scott MBE hangar, DCAF presented solo wings to cadets who had achieved this qualification, and announced that the CAF has approved the re-introduction of gliding scholarships into the AAFC system after a long absence.

  

 

    

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