Australian Central Flying School

Operator Profile
 

Key Facts

Current Title:
Australian Central Flying School
English Title:
Australian Central Flying School
Abbreviation:
CFS
First Established:
1912
ICAO Code:
Not applicable
Country:
Australia
Status:
Disbanded

History

Narrative Summary

The creation of a Central Flying School was formally announced by the Australian Government in March 1913. At suitable location for an airfield was identified at Point Cook, Victoria, and by February 1914 the first personnel were established on site. In March 1914 the first aircraft were assembled and test flown.

Regarded as the birthplace of military flying in Australia, Point Cook became the training and assembly point for Australian Flying Corps units proceeding overseas. Eight principal training courses were held there during the First World War for pilots and mechanics drawn from all of Australia’s military districts. The first course ran from August to November 1914 and the last in June 1917. CFS was disbanded on 31 December 1919.

Key Dates

May-June 1911 Imperial Conference in London, England, mandates the national armed forces of the British Empire to develop aviation units.
30 December 1911 Recruitment of first aviation personnel.
3 July 1912 First aircraft ordered.
7 March 1913 Formation of Central Flying School officially announced.
February 1914 CFS personnel established at Point Cook.
1 March 1914 First aircraft flies at Point Cook.
17 August 1914 Flying training begins at CFS.
June 1917 Last CFS training course starts.
31 December 1919 CFS disbanded.

Current Status

The CFS was disbanded in 1919.

Future Plans

Not applicable.

Markings

National Insignia

CFS aircraft wore the same colour schemes as Royal Flying Corps aircraft, with blue/white/red roundels in the standard six positions, and a blue-white-red fin flash or rudder stripes. No service titles were used.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Aircraft operating with the CFS carried unique serials starting with the letters CFS, e.g. Bristol Boxkite CFS8. This serial sequence reached about CFS28.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

To be added.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

To be added.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Central Flying School, Point Cook, Victoria.

Organisational Structure

The CFS had no subordinate flying units.

Current Order of Battle

Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle

Not applcable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The CFS was based at Point Cook, Victoria.

More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

To be added

Websites

Australian War Memorial: Central Flying Schools
wikipedia: Central Flying School RAAF
Aircraft of Central Flying School 1909 – 1918

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.

 

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