RAAF receives CT/4B aircraft delivery from BAE Systems Australia

15 May 2018 (Last Updated May 15th, 2018 12:24)

The Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) Basic Flight Training School (BFTS) has received a special livery CT/4B aircraft from BAE Systems Australia at Tamworth in New South Wales.

RAAF receives CT/4B aircraft delivery from BAE Systems Australia
A CT/4B aircraft. Credit: Flight lieutenant Tracey Li.

The Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) Basic Flight Training School (BFTS) has received a special livery CT/4B aircraft from BAE Systems Australia at Tamworth in New South Wales.

BFTS commanding officer wing commander Leigh Dunnett said that the overall design of the aircraft took more than eight weeks of planning.

Dunnett said: “The BAE Systems engineering team further ensured the new design met all governance requirements to allow the aircraft to continue to fly.”

BAE Systems aircraft surface refinisher Cory Goodman has spent more than 20 hours applying the new design in vinyl wraps.

BAE Systems Flight Training Tamworth project manager Jim Maguire said: “BAE Systems has also commenced a re-paint of two other CT/4 aircraft in recognition of the airforce operations at Tamworth.

“The BAE Systems engineering team further ensured the new design met all governance requirements to allow the aircraft to continue to fly.”

“A CT/4B representing the CT/4B Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Aircraft Research and Development Unit livery will be complete in June 2018, with a second aircraft being painted in the Number 1 Flying Training School CT/4A ‘Fanta Can’ livery in July 2018.”

In 1993, the long-standing cooperation between BFTS and BAE Systems was established.

Built by Pacific Aerospace, the CT/4B is a two side-by-side seater, single-engine, low-wing, all-metal monoplane, which features a fixed-tricycle undercarriage and uses visual flight rules and instrumental flight rules conditions.

The CT-4 aircraft is light and well-balanced, operating as a suitable platform for basic military training.