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From Wayne Urmston
I just thought I would send you my thoughts about the December Aerogram. I
read with interest Alf Batchelder’s article on Bluey Truscott but was disappointed
to see it was incomplete and that it was in two parts. Alf is an excellent writer as
I know he wrote a number of historical articles for the Aerogram when I was
editor and they were always interesting to read. I was disappointed that Alf’s
article was not complete for the sake of an article on the Junkers G31 which
had no relationship with the RAAF.
Bluey Truscott has significant history and standing in the RAAF and I would
myself have preferred to read Alf’s article in its entirety than reading a general
aviation interest article. There are many other aviation interest magazines
available and as such I subscribe to Aero Magazine to satisfy my overall aviation
interest, which it does excellently.
I have long held the belief that the Aerogram is in a unique position to tell the
stories (of which there are many) to keep alive the heritage of the AFC and the
RAAF. I hope to read more of such in the future, rather than general aviation
interest articles. My concern that has been highlighted by the December issue is
that the focus of the Aerogram has seemed to shift to that of a general interest
aviation journal rather than a journal that I believe should have as its primary
focus the promotion of the heritage and history of the AFC and RAAF.
Incorporated in that should also be the activities of the RAAF Museum such as
you did in regards to the Spitfire which was good to see.
There has been a lot of space over recent issues given to overseas Museums
and other aviation societies rather than stories and articles which relate to our
own AFC/RAAF heritage.
Aerogram March 2013
From over The Ditch
Classic Wings magazine’s Graham
Orphan on patrol in his Nieuport 11 in
New Zealand. “I enjoy this little beast
very much although some issues with
the engine saw it grounded for a few
months. I’ve just received the nose-
case back from Rotec so hopefully
we’ll have her flying again shortly.
We have recently started the covering
on our Dr1. Just what Omaka needs –
another Fokker Triplane! Hopefully,
we’ll have eight of them airborne at
I’d be very happy to hear from other readers about their thoughts and feelings
on this matter. Naturally, I will defend my editorial style, believing that many
pages of each issue are devoted to RAAF issues – especially its aircraft, and
often their demise and/or resurrection, as we are in the business of the
restoration and preservation of aircraft which is, broadly, the mandate of the
I am also fortunate to have such a keen and devoted number of
correspondents, and welcome their input to what is a demanding task each
issue, alongside my other duties which have, since 2007, gone hand-in-hand
with the production of the Aerogram each quarter. Ed.
From Bill Munt WGCDR RAAF (Rtd)
The views of Peter Hartin (Aerograms
December 2012) are widely respected.
But, not widely held.
For a very long time the Australian
Defence Force has been known, and
remains in demand, for its secular and
common approach to friend and foe
alike during both war and peace
(amongst many other capabilities). RAAF
heritage should reflect that approach.
Whilst tangible heritage (aircraft,
uniforms, documents, etc.) is relatively
easy to manage, intangible heritage (the
actions, thoughts and memories of
participants) is quite another matter.
Firstly, intangible heritage is difficult to
obtain (most participants are reluctant to
recall memories, let alone record them!)
Secondly, the number of participants is
overwhelming. Thirdly, intangible
heritage is perishable. Fourthly, the
variety and the veracity of intangible
heritage is complex. Fifthly, it is often
corrupted by security, hearsay, politics,
But, intangible heritage brings life and
reality to tangible heritage. Intangible
heritage reflects RAAF culture as it
happened and developed over the years.
From my experience, profanity, as well
as religion and every other emotion are
necessary in this context. Emotions
emphasise the nature of the RAAF’s role.
And, they symbolise the courage and
spirit of participants to rise above awful
realities to the heights of common touch.
Congratulations to those in the heritage
network who are part of the solution.
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