Wings of Gold: The Story of Australian Pilots and Observers Who Trained with the UnitedStates Navy 1966-1968

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Flying from an aircraft carrier is one of the most difficult things to do in all of aviation. This is the story of a group of young Australians who joined the Royal Australian Navy to take up that challenge in the mid-1960s.

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About the author (2020)

Trevor Rieck flew with three Navies as a helicopter pilot; he trained with the United States Navy, served as a helicopter pilot in the RAN and on exchange with the Royal Navy instructing helicopter pilots. In retirement, after 20 years in the Navy and 20 years in the Australian construction industry he took up an interest in history. Jack McCaffrie is a retired Commodore RAN, whose flying career was spent mainly in Grumman S2-E/G Trackers, flying from HMAS Melbourne and NAS Nowra. Currently he is a visiting Fellow at the University of Wollongong and the University of NSW at the Defence Academy. Jed Hart served with the RAN at sea during Indonesian confrontation before completing flying training in Pensacola. He then flew with the RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam. Jed left the navy in 1970 and instructed on helicopters, he later became BHP's Aviation Manager. He and his wife founded Hart Aviation, a company operating in sixty countries.

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