No. 79 Squadron is a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) flight training
squadron that has been formed on four occasions. Established in April
1943 as a fighter unit equipped with Supermarine Spitfires, it saw
combat in the South West Pacific theatre of World War II. The squadron
disbanded in November 1945 but re-formed in 1962 to operate CAC Sabres
(pictured) to help defend Thailand against a feared attack from
neighbouring states. No. 79 Squadron was active again in Malaysia
between 1986 and 1988, operating Mirage III fighters and a single DHC-4
Caribou transport. Re-formed in its present incarnation in 1998, it is
stationed at RAAF Base Pearce, where it has operated Hawk 127 jet
training aircraft since 2000. The unit's main role is to provide
introductory jet aircraft training to RAAF pilots and refresher training
on the Hawk for experienced pilots. No. 79 Squadron also supports
Australian Army and Royal Australian Navy training exercises in Western
Australia and the Northern Territory.
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Gladys Elinor Watkins consecrated the carillon of the National
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Violeta Chamorro took office as president of Nicaragua,
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