The RAAF's Roulettes have unveiled the new colour scheme for their PC-21 aircraft.
The RAAF selected a noticeably different colour scheme for the Roulettes to "clearly distinguish them from other aerobatic display teams."
“The new colour scheme is a visually striking 21st Century image for the RAAF training aircraft and Roulettes, that is unique to the RAAF and Roulettes,” Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne said.
“While pursuing a 21st century look, the new colour scheme retains the traditional colours of Air Force and the Australian flag, the Roulettes ‘R’ logo and incorporates the Southern Cross.”
The Pilatus PC-21 training aircraft will replace the RAAF’s current PC-9/A and CT-4B aircraft as part of the Air 5428 project.
“The project spans all phases of pilot training for the three Services, from basic flying training at RAAF Base East Sale through to advanced flying training at No 2 Flying Training School at RAAF Base Pearce,” Minister Pyne said.
“The update to the Pilot Training System will deliver significant efficiencies and is key to a 5th generation Air Force.
“The new Pilot Training System will ensure undergraduate pilots develop the necessary knowledge and skills prior to progressing onto advanced military aircraft such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter and MH-60R Seahawk.”
Australia is acquiring 49 PC-21 aircraft and seven simulators known as Flight Training Devices. To date, 22 PC-21 aircraft have been delivered and six simulators are either in use or undergoing installation – four at RAAF East Sale in Victoria and two at RAAF Pearce in WA.
Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester said he was proud to unveil the colour scheme for the famous Roulettes aerobatic display team at RAAF Base East Sale, which is located in his seat of Gippsland.
“The Roulettes, have pride of place at RAAF Base East Sale,” Mr Chester said.
“The impressive skills demonstrated by our Roulette pilots have been witnessed by many at international events and in small country airshows and have inspired a generation of Airforce pilots since their first public display in 1970.”
“The new colour scheme will ensure that the Roulettes continue to be an important part of the RAAFs capability now and into the future.”