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David Rogers interviewed by Rob Linn in the E.A. Crome aviation oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 3118269
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Rogers, David, 1943-, Interviewee
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2004 
3 digital audio tapes (ca. 178 min.) 

E.A. Crome aviation oral history project.


David Rogers talks about his interest in aviation; joining the RAAF; his Pilots' course at Point Cook; aircraft, their characters and design; his RAAF postings, including S.E. Asia and training; attending an Instructors' Course (1966) and returning to Pearce, WA; the training of 120 pilots per year for service in Vietnam and elsewhere; the F1-11 background and basis of his involvement, including a move to the USA; the RAAF's purchase of F1-11 from drawing board and the innovative nature of the plane; issues faced by ground crew and air crew; his affection for F1-11 and his involvement with it over 30 years; reflections on living in the USA; the comparative abilities of American and Australian crews; political concerns about this aircraft and its safety; the F-18 Hornet experience, compared to F1-11; migration from one aircraft type to another and the alteration of training systems; the introduction of the 'Beeper' system, adding a much needed safety feature; the safety record of RAAF; Phantoms; simulator missions and their outcomes; further training in USA; how all training was completed and 2 Phantom squadrons were ready to go, within 6 months.

Rogers discusses test flights in New Zealand; Staff College and training; Amberley and more work with F1-11s; CR-6 Squadron and activities with Malaysia and Singapore; fatigue tests on F1-11 aircraft; a further move in RAAF and continuing work in USA; 'Red Flag' training for warfare; Defence bureaucracy and management; his promotion to Group Captain; the social and cultural side of life in the RAAF; executive staff and their role in policy and planning; Joint planning committee during first Gulf War; his involvement in RAAF review, putting together a team, their research, analysis and findings; the Airforce 2000 plan; the Strike Group at Amberley; how civil aviation was given its place at air base; the expansion of Boeing's activities; move to deputy position in RAAF (DCOS) and his major concerns; Senate Estimates' Committee and role with politicians; involvement with CAS and acceptance of RAAF as part of overall aviation scheme; discussion of changes over last 40 years and how costs have been rationalised and dispersed; problems with out-sourcing and training; how societal changes have affected RAAF.


Recorded on May 19, 2004 at O'Malley, A.C.T.

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Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary and corrected transcript (typescript, 94 leaves). 
Subjects Rogers, David, 1943- -- Interviews.  |  Australia. Royal Australian Air Force -- Officials and employees.  |  F-111 (Jet fighter plane) -- History.  |  Aeronautics -- Australia -- History.
Other authors/contributors Linn, Rob, Interviewer

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