No. 37 Squadron is a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) medium tactical
airlift squadron. It operates Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules aircraft
from RAAF Base Richmond, New South Wales. The squadron has seen active
service flying transport aircraft during World War II, the Vietnam War,
the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the military intervention against
ISIL. It has also supported Australian operations in Somalia, East
Timor, Bali, Papua New Guinea, and the Philippines. The squadron was
formed at RAAF Station Laverton, Victoria, in July 1943 and became part
of No. 86 (Transport) Wing in 1946, but was disbanded two years later.
In response to Australia's air transport needs during the Vietnam War,
the squadron was re-formed in February 1966, equipped with the C-130E
Hercules (pictured). It converted to the C-130J model in 1999. No. 37
Squadron came under the control of a re-formed No. 86 Wing from 1987
until 2010, when it was transferred to No. 84 Wing.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._37_Squadron_RAAF>
Today's selected anniversaries:
Aboard HMS Bellerophon, Napoleon surrendered to Royal Navy
Captain Frederick Lewis Maitland to finally end the Napoleonic Wars.
Vietnam War: The United States and South Vietnam began
Operation Hastings to push the North Vietnamese out of the Vietnamese
Armenian extremist organization ASALA bombed the Turkish
Airlines check-in counter at Orly Airport, killing 8 and injuring 55, as
part of its campaign for the recognition of and reparations for the
Organized as the Peace at Home Council, a faction in the
Turkish Armed Forces attempted a coup d'état against the government and
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
Edible kelp (“a type of brown seaweed”) (from the class Phaeophyceae)
used in East Asian cuisine.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
In what time does man live? The thinkers have always known that
he does not live in any time at all. The immortality of thoughts and
deeds banishes him to a timeless realm at whose heart an inscrutable
death lies in wait. ... Devoured by the countless demands of the moment,
time slipped away from him; the medium in which the pure melody of his
youth would swell was destroyed. The fulfilled tranquility in which his
late maturity would ripen was stolen from him. It was purloined by
everyday reality, which, with its events, chance occurrences, and
obligations, disrupted the myriad opportunities of youthful time,
immortal time. ... From day to day, second to second, the self preserves
itself, clinging to that instrument: time, the instrument that it was
supposed to play.
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