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Our New Chief of Air Force
Air Marshal Gavin (Leo) Davies AO CSC
Air Marshal Davies joined the
Royal Australian Air Force
as a cadet Navigator in 1979
and graduated to fly P-3B and
P-3C Orion aircraft with No 11
Squadron at Edinburgh in South
Australia. In 1987 AIRMSHL
Davies completed pilot training
and after completing F-111
conversion course was posted
in 1988 to No 1 Squadron at
RAAF base Amberley.
In 1990, AIRMSHL Davies was posted to Cannon Air Force
Base, New Mexico, to fly F-111D aircraft on exchange
with the United States Air Force. On return to Australia
in 1993 AIRMSHL Davies was posted to No 1 Squadron
as the Operations Flight Commander followed by one
year as Operations Officer at Headquarters No 82 Wing
during 1996. After a posting in 1997 and 1998 as the
Executive Officer at No 1 Squadron, AIRMSHL Davies
completed RAAF Command and Staff Course. In 2000,
he commenced two years in Capability Systems within
In 2002 and 2003, AIRMSHL Davies’ long association with
No 1 Squadron was again rekindled when he returned
as Commanding Officer and achieved 2000 hours flying
the F-111. He was the Staff Officer to the Chief of Air
Force during 2004 before taking up the post of Officer
Commanding No 82 Wing at RAAF base Amberley.
AIRMSHL Davies worked as Director Combat Capability
within Air Force Headquarters in 2006 and 2007, during
which he was deployed to the Middle East to work
within the Combined Air Operations Centre. In 2008 he
was the Director General Capability Planning within Air
Force Headquarters until 2010, when he was posted to
Washington as the Air Attache
He was appointed Deputy Chief of Air Force in January
2012 on his return from Washington. He took over as Chief
of Air Force on 1 July 2015.
Air Marshal Davies is married to Rhonda who is a
Registered Nurse and they have two children; Erin who is
herself a Registered Nurse (midwife) and Jacob.
and two days before his twenty-first birthday.
Some of Buckland’s personal effects were
collected from the crash site of his Kittyhawk
and were delivered to his home Base by the
German fighter pilot who shot him down. The
items, which included his RAAF issue watch,
were subsequently returned to his family.
The RAAF Museum is honoured to be able
to include some of his effects into the RAAF
Even with the inconvenience of access to the
Maintenance hangar things have not slowed
in the technical area. The balsa infill work
on the rear starboard side of the Mosquito
fuselage is progressing well but unfortunately
is not visible to the visitors because of the
position of the fuselage in relation to the
viewing platform. Work is well and truly on
the way with the DH 60, with progress visible
on the mainplanes. The fuselage frame has
been treated and is back from the paint shop.
The only drawback to this work at the moment
is that there is no access to the Restoration
Hangar because of the tarmac works which is
a major restriction to visitor access. Hopefully
that restriction will disappear shortly.
Moving outside one will see a fair amount of
work being carried out on the Museum tarmac
and associated taxiways. This upgrade
of the area is causing some concerns to
the Museum as the weather has certainly
protracted the works progressing as planned.
It is hoped that the Museum can commence
flying operations by mid-June this year.
Further over the other side of the main
runway, the plant, equipment and other heavy
machinery associated with the remediation
of the former Fire Training Area (FTA) has
disappeared. Defence has completed
treatment works which targeted soil and
groundwater contamination resulting from the
former FTA. Since the commencement of the
full scale treatment in 2014, approximately
40,000 cubic metres of soil and 15,000
kilolitres of groundwater which was affected
by the historical fire fighting activities have
been successfully treated. Following the
completion of the equipment demobilisation
and revegetation activities, the FTA site will be
used by Defence for light training purposes.
We have been busy with the start of the year
and now look forward to the new financial
year with other projects which cannot be
contemplated without the enthusiasm and
assistance of our Active Volunteer corps.
The ongoing support is essential to the
operation of our great Museum, that support
is something sincerely appreciated by myself
and the RAAF.
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