With a last crackle of the Lycoming's exhaust and after 22 years of faithful service punching holes in the skies over Horsham, our faithful old Pawnee, Tango Oscar Juliet lifted off from the main runway at 0803 hrs Monday 4th June 2007, bound for Queensland where it will become the glider tug for the 2 Wing School of Aviation of the Australian Air Force Cadets.
The departure was witnessed by a cold Mark Griffin and myself. Mark was definitely displaying a very nostalgic streak and I am sure there was a small tear in his eye as we watched it disappear shortly after lift off behind a small bank of fog, bound for the first stop at Swan Hill. At 0805 heavy fog rolled into the aerodrome from the west. So ends an era.
Submitted by Max Hedt.
Editors Note: Max thought it was the last of TOJ, but she came back a little while later. (Just like a naughty school boy pleading not to be sent to the principals office.) But it was only because of the fog that she returned and later in the morning TOJ finally slipped over the horizon on her trip to Queensland and her new life.