San Francisco, California, USA
London, United Kingdom
F-35: From Nought to 5th Generation in 100 Years of Military Aviation in Australia
Air Vice-Marshal Kym Osley
Head of Capability Transition, RAAF Headquarters
Reflecting on the 100th anniversary of military aviation in Australia, Air Vice-Marshal (AVM) Osley will provide an historical perspective of the rapid progress which has been made over the past century, and compare and contrast the F-35’s capabilities with current and previous generation air combat aircraft. He will also discuss how the F-35 will be integrated into the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the challenges that poses. He will review how the F-35 and the RAAF’s other new aircraft will create a ‘5th Generation Air Force’ that will represent a revolutionary change from what has gone before.
AVM Osley joined the RAAF in January 1977 and flew as an ACO in F-111C and RF-111C and on exchange posting with USAF RF-4E Phantoms before commanding No. 1 Squadron (F-111C) and later No. 82 Wing RAAF. Along the way he served with distinction in strategic planning positions in Canberra and the United Kingdom.
AVM Osley deployed as Director of the Combined Air Operations Centre in the Middle East in the period November 2006 to March 2007. In this position, he directed Coalition air operations over Iraq and Afghanistan. He took up the appointment of Commander Air Combat Group in July 2007. AVM Osley was promoted to his current rank and appointed as Head of Australian Defence Staff (Washington) in July 2008. From December 2010, AVM Osley was Program Manager New Air Combat Capability (PM NACC) where he led the team procuring the Australian F-35 fleet. In December 2013, AVM Osley moved to his current position as Head of Capability Transition at RAAF Headquarters.
AVM Osley is married to Debbie Osley, and they have three adult sons. AVM Osley has a BSc (Physics), Master of Arts, Master of Defence Studies, Grad Dip Mgmt, Grad Dip Mil Av and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School (Advanced Management Program). He was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross for Services to the Air Force in 1997 and is a Member of the Order of Australia (2008) for his contributions to Australia's air combat capability.
1800 — Doors open
1830 — Lecture Commences
1945 — Reception & Networking
2145 — Event Ends
Cost inclusive of event entry, canapés and drinks
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Royal Aeronautical Society - Melbourne Branch
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