Vale Graham Dyke
Graham joined the Air Force in 1954 initially flying with No 1 Squadron, Tengah, Singapore. This was followed by flying postings on Dakotas, Winjeels and Canberra Bombers. He completed a tour in Vietnam with 2SQN after which he was awarded the DFC. He was Commanding Officer No 2SQN, Defence Adviser New Zealand, and Officer Commanding RAAF Base East Sale. His final posting before his retirement in January 1986 was Director General Manpower, Canberra.
The contribution that Graham has made to The Australian Aviation Club over many years cannot be overstated. Having run the Club single-handedly over the past few years his passing has left an enormous gap that will take many to fill, albeit none can replace him.
Our thoughts are with Graham’s family and his close friends who mourn the loss of a much-loved father, family man, decorated Air Force officer and highly respected member of our community. Messages of condolence can be sent to Air Commodore Dyke’s daughter and son, Robyn and Craig via email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The recorded web stream of Graham’s funeral can be viewed at: https://www.norwoodpark.com.au/service-streaming/client/?nid=c095753a-1b12-4bd8-935a-3ab26b275c0d
Message from The Australian Aviation Club President
I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of of our much loved Secretary, Graham Dyke. Through this awful virus time Graham had been steadfast in holding our Club together & we are deeply in his debt.
Most sadly we have watched as Graham became ill. He last joined us at the June meeting I recall, where his ill heath was apparent.
I was extremely fond of Graham & his cheery disposition will be much missed by me & by us all.
To add to this sadness I am presently stranded in northern NSW by the lockdowns: consequently I will be unable to be present to farewell Graham at his funeral.
I hope some of you might be permitted to farewell Graham.
Graham was a most lovely man liked by all who knew him.
God Bless his Soul.
Messages from Australian Aviation Club members
Graham and I started to fly at Archerfield back in the 50ties when as Air Training Cadets we were awarded flying scholarships. (Mike Matters)
We joined the RAAF on the same day – 18th January 1954. Graham was on our course but transferred to the direct entry course after some time. (Stew Back)
The AFC In The Great War 1914-1918
Along with artist Norman Clifford, Aviation Club member Lance Halvorson has produced a magificent book, ‘The Australian Flying Corps in the Great War 1914-1918.
The Australian Flying Corps in the Great War 1914-1918 is a history of combat operations, technical details and training notes/summaries, unique to the history of the AFC in the war. The history comprises ‘war diary’ experiences of squadron aircrew, maps, technical drawings and photos, some not seen before. They provide a comprehensive insight into squadron preparations and activities from their deployment in 1916 to their return to Australia at the war’s end. Full details about the book, and how to obtain a copy of it are at The Australian Flying Corps In The Great War 1914-1918
Seattle DASH-8 crash
Youtube video featuring some of the tower transmissions and, at the end, video of the loop and the intercept. Note the low termination of the loop! Note, also the professionalism and calm nature of the controller.
On Friday 1 April 2016, the first Australian-owned Fokker D.VIII took to the air for the first time. Operated by the Caboolture-based museum, The Australian Vintage Aviation Society, the aircraft, powered by an original 1918 rotary engine, flew three times on Friday.
ABC report – ‘RAAF to convert luxury corporate Gulfstream G550 jets into Australian military spy planes’
Pearl Harbor welcomes the Swamp Ghost
(Note reference to the role of the RAAF helicopter!)