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FLTLT Chris Jaensch
Chris is from Port Lincoln, South Australia. He joined
the RAAF as a Direct Entry Aircrew in 2002 after being
inspired by his father who was a crop dusting and fish
spotting pilot. He graduated from No 196 Pilots Course
in 2004 and was selected to fly fighters. After completing
18 months flying the Hawk jet trainer with Nos 76 and 79
SQNs, he was posted No 38 SQN to fly the Caribou.
Chris spent four years flying the Caribou aircraft at
Townsville, including numerous trips to Papua New
Guinea. He continues to fly the Caribou on a volunteer
basis with the Historical Restoration Society (HARS) in
After the retirement of the Caribou from RAAF service
in 2009, Chris was posted to ADF Basic Flying Training
School, Tamworth, NSW, for instructional duties flying
the CT4B for two years training students from all three
Services. In 2011 he was posted No 37 SQN to fly
the C130J Hercules based in Richmond, NSW. He
completed three deployments to the Middle East and
flew extensively in Afghanistan supporting Australian
and coalition troops.
In May 2014 Chris left the RAAF to pursue a career with
Tigerair as a First Officer flying A320’s and continue to
serve as a RAAF Reserve pilot.
restoration area. The Mosquito received treatment with the
first of the new external skin section prepared and fitted prior
to being bonded into place. The supply of suitable ratchet
straps for clamping is holding up progress in this element
of the task. Along with the Mosquito rolling along, the DH60
mainplane assembly has commenced and the rear fuselage
frame has undergone some cutting and welding to correct
alignment issues from previous repairs which were preventing
the correct installation of the empennage. Presently the hangar
is home, albeit on temporary basis, of the New Zealand RE8
and SE5a aircraft which participated in the Avalon Airshow.
As I am compiling this article for Aerogram our Volunteers
are reassembling the Museum’s SE5a after its time on static
display at Avalon. The Volunteers have done, and are doing, an
outstanding job of prepping, dismantling and assembling the
aircraft for Avalon and repeating the exercise now the aircraft is
back at Point Cook.
On the flying front, the Museum has a new pilot - Flight
Lieutenant Chris Jaensch. Chris is a Reserve Pilot and in his
day job is a First Officer with Tigerair based in Melbourne. A
brief on his career appears right.
Visitors to the Museum will witness machinery and vehicles
actively at work on the upgrade of Point Cook airfield. The work
package is expected to be completed in late July 2015 and will
include refurbishment of the main runway, taxiways, lighting
and tarmac. The work on the main runway is affecting our flying
activities but we are safely working around this restriction. The
major concern will be when the tarmac phase commences.
This will have a major impact on our Interactive Flying Display
(IFD) activities and will also require the Museum to relocate
its C130 aircraft, Caribou, HS748 and the IFD seating and
fencing away from the area to allow the resurfacing work to be
On a sad note, I wish to advise of the passing of former
Volunteer Mr Len Murphy. Len had an extensive aviation
career as a RAAF pilot in the early 1950s flying Tiger Moths,
Wirraways, Mustangs and Vampires. After leaving the RAAF
he was an airline pilot including Check Captain with several
national airlines. After he retired, Len acquired and flew a
Birddog for 12 years, before it was acquired by the RAAF
Museum. It is currently on static display. Len was a Host Officer
for 15 years.
And in closing, I wish to pass on my sincere thanks too all who
mucked in during the extremely busy period with the Museum’s
activities at Avalon and those who stayed behind to keep the
operation going during that period. Your assistance, and indeed
enthusiasm, is greatly appreciated.
STOP PRESS FROM THE DIRECTOR
The Museum was shocked and saddened to hear of the
sudden passing of one of our regular volunteers, Mr
Gavin Nailer. Gavin was a Tour Guide/Host Officer for
the past 14 years and took on his role and everything he
did with gusto, determination and a sense of humour.
Gavin was very enthusiastic about coming out to the
Museum and enjoyed working with his fellow volunteers.
He was a very family-oriented person and his absence
will be felt by all who knew him.
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