Last Telstars flying display

On this day, the ‘Telstars’ gave their final public performance of formation flying over Yallourn, Victoria, after five years as official RAAF aerobatic team. Established six months after disaster overtook the first team formed at the Central Flying School (see 15 August), the Telstars began in February 1963 using Vampire Mk 35A jet trainers. Over the period December 1967 to January 1968, the team converted their sequences onto the Aermacchi MB-326H with which the School was then re-equipping. Slippages in deliveries of Macchi aircraft meant, however, that flying hours for purposes other than new pilot training had to be restricted, and approval for display flying by special aerobatic teams was withdrawn by the Chief of the Air Staff on 19 April 1968. The Telstars were formally suspended on 23 April. Their final display went ahead under provisions that allowed continuation training within allotted flying hours, but was not publicised as an official exhibition.

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