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RAAF Roulettes based at East Sale. The PC/9 is retiring after 30 year's service.

Farewell PC-9

Farewell PC-9

RAAF Roulettes based at East Sale. The PC/9 is retiring after 30 year's service.

Roulettes fly past today as PC-9 retires

People around Sale and Maffra will get their final look at the PC/9 aircraft today as the Roulettes fly past before heading to Avalon ahead of next week's Melbourne International Airshow.

This is a milestone event as the Swiss designed, Australian built PC-9/A retires from East Sale after 30 years service, having been replaced by the new Pilatus PC/21.

The Roulettes, the Royal Australian Air Force elite formation aerobatic team, are based at the RAAF Base East Sale, as part of the RAAF's Central Flying School which teaches Navy and Air Force pilots to become flying instructors.

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All Roulette pilots are highly experienced qualified flying instructors, with thousands of hours of flying experience.

Roulette squadron leader Jay Tuffley said people should look skyward from 10.30 this morning.

"We're bringing together all the PC/9s and a group of PC/21s in a large multi ship mixed formation," SQNLDR Tuffley said.

"We'll be taking off from East Sale just after 10.30 and proceeding out via Stratford, Maffra, back over the Sale city centre and over the base a couple of times.

"We'll then proceed up the Latrobe Valley to track via the city of a fly past at Avalon for the media showcase."

The combined PC/9 and PC/21 display will return at East Sale at 3pm, where the retiring planes will be greeted with a water cannon salute on landing.

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