Sunday 26th February 2012 will mark the 40th Anniversary of the return to Australia of the last RAAF Squadron from Vietnam. In 1964, four Caribou aircraft were sent to Vung Tau, Vietnam to operate as RAAF Transport Flight Vietnam (RTFV). The commitment soon increased to full Squadron status. 35 Squadron would operate in Vietnam until February, 1972.
The 40th Anniversary will be marked by up to 200 RTFV-35 Squadron association members holding their reunion. For details about RTFV-35 Squadron / 2012 reunion see attached link.
A highlight of the reunion will be a visit to the Queensland Air Museum on Monday 27th February, where Caribou A4-173 is displayed.
A4-173 was one of the longest serving Caribous to deploy to Vietnam - delivered to Vietnam (August 1964) and one of the last four to return to Australia (February 1972).
For details of A4-173 service history see attached link.
During the visit by RTFV-35 Squadron veterans, Queensland Air Museum will run its Pratt & Whitney R2000 engine. (The very same engine powering the Caribou)
Please see below for the timetable for the Veterans visit.
Proposed Timetable: -
10.00am Morning Tea
10.30am Engine Run
Veterans Remember 40th Anniversary of Last RAAF Unit to Return From Vietnam
Queensland Air Museum, Caloundra
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