DEFENCE BUREAUCRATS SHOULD ADOPT THE BRACE POSITION
Defence has a sorry history of inappropriate aircraft purchases.
Image. Ozatwar Peter Dunn
MILITARY aviation technology has improved exponentially since Australian Flying Corps Lieutenant Eric Harrison first flew a British Bristol Box Kite on March 1, 1914 at Point Cook, Victoria, 13 years to the day after the army was formed. Later that day, Lieutenant Henry Petre, flying a French Deperdussin, registered Australia’s first military aviation accident when he crashed after snaring his tailplane in telephone wires.
Petre served in Mesopotamia and Harrison in New Guinea, both men surviving their service, dying in relatively old pilot age in their beds.
There is no such thing as a flying accident, rather a combination of unsafe conditions and unsafe acts.
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