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    THE AUSTRALIAN MINISTER FOR AIR, MR. PETER HOWSON, VISITED THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE BASE?

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    THE AUSTRALIAN MINISTER FOR AIR, MR. PETER HOWSON, VISITED THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE BASE AT UBON, THAILAND, LAST WEEK TO PRESENT THE GLOUCESTER CUP TO NUMBER SEVENTY-NINE SQUADRON. THE GLOUCESTER CUP IS THE RAAF'S TOP AWARD FOR SQUADRON EFFICIENCY AND 79 SQUADRON HAD WON IT FOR THE SECOND TIME IN A ROW. HE FLEW MORE THAN FOUR HUNDRED MILES FROM BANGKOK TO THE UBON AIRFIELD.

    THE SQUADRON IS THE MOST REMOTE OF ALL RAAF UNITS AND ITS SABRE JET FIGHTERS ARE ONLY MINUTES FLYING TIME AWAY FROM THE BORDERS OF BOTH LAOS AND CAMBODIA -- TWO KEY CENTRES IN SOUTHEAST ASIA.

    THE MINISTER WAS MET BY A GUARD OF HONOUR FROM THE SQUADRON AND LATER PRESENTED THE GLOUCESTER CUP AT A PARADE, WATCHED BY THE GOVERNOR OF UBON PROVINCE, OTHER THAI ARMY AND AIR FORCE REPRESENTATIVES AND AMERICANS WITH WHOM THE RAAF SHARES THE BASE.

    MR. HOWSON WAS ESCORTED BY THE BASE COMMANDER, WING COMMANDER ROLL GLASSOP OF QUEENSLAND AND SQUADRON LEADER JAMES KICHENSIDE, C.O. OF 79 SQUADRON, WHO ACCEPTED THE CUP.

    THE MINISTER ALSO PRESENTED AIR EFFICIENCY AWARD TO FLIGHT LIEUTENANT CLAUDE RANSLEY, OF BRISBANE AT THE PARADE.

    HE MET THE PILOTS, FOUR OF WHOM TOOK PART IN A FLY PAST FOR HIM AND ONE OF THEM FLIGHT LIEUTENANT HUGH COLLETT, OF HURSTVILLE, SYDNEY, IS SHOWN CLIMBING FROM HIS COCKPIT AFTER THE FLYPAST.

    THE MINISTER TOLD THE MEN THAT THE RAAF WOULD REMAIN IN UBON INDEFINITELY -- AS LONG AS THE THAI GOVERNMENT WANTED IT -- AND ALSO HINTED THAT IT WOULD BE RE-EQUIPPED WITH MIRAGE FIGHTER BOMBERS, NOW IN PRODUCTION IN AUSTRALIA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA468FBVXMQ1WMSLMK69XUW7D7
    Media URN:
    VLVAA468FBVXMQ1WMSLMK69XUW7D7
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/12/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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