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27-February-2016
27-February-2016

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A monument commemorates members of the Red Sales Aerobatic Team of the Royal Australian Air Force who were killed in an accident in August 1962. The cross was restored and rededicated and in 1988 the memorial was relocated to the Red Sales Memorial Park.

The Red Sales team was practising for a RAAF Open Day Display on the 16th September 1962. The four aircraft struck the ground almost simultaneously in the final stages of completing a lowlevel barrel roll. They crashed in close proximity to each other in a shallow dive and at an estimated speed of over 300 kts. The No 3 in the formation struck the ground slightly ahead and approximately 150 yards to the port side of the others. On impact, three aircraft exploded - wreckage and debris was scattered over a distance of approximately half a mile. The wreckage of No 3 in the formation was not as completely disintegrated as the others as it had 'levelled out' just prior to impact.  

All four pilots were staff members of the Central Flying School (CFS), as well as members of the aerobatic team. Additionally, two other CFS staff members were flying as passengers: one as an observer, nominated to eventually replace one of the team members; the other to assist with operation of one aircraft's ancillary controls where the pilot was flying from the right seat. All pilots were very experienced. 

Location

Address:Aerodrome Road, Red Sales Memorial Park, East Sale RAAF Base, East Sale, 3850
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.105302
Long: 147.12352
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Tragedy

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 5th March, 1988
Front Inscription

In Memory Of
The Red Sales Aerobatic Team
15 Aug 62
Flt Lt R.H. Jones 022203
Flt Lt P. Hearnden 038936
Flt Lt P.A. Young 032516
Flt Lt M.R. Dunbar 033652 crew
Flt Lt. M.T. Burke 034493
Flg Off D.S. Gow 0214491 crew.

This Memorial Was Built
Adjacent To The Base
Chapel And Dedicated To
The Red Sales Aerobatic
Team In Late 1962.
The Cross Was Restored
And Rededicated At The
Original Site On The
15 August 1980.
Relocation To The Red
Sales Memorial Aircraft
Park And Further
Rededication Occurred
With The Opening Of The
Park On The 5 March 1988.

Source: MA
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