Branch - Gippsland
RAAF Base East Sale opened as a training base on 22 April 1943. Initially, the base was home to No1 Operational Training Unit (1 OTU) equipped with Bristol Beaufort light bomber aircraft. Following World War II, the RAAF Central Flying School was relocated from RAAF Base Point Cook to East Sale in 1947.
RAAF Base East Sale is located 220km South East of Melbourne, in Victoria's Gippsland region, and supports a capacity of approximately 700 personnel.
The base plays a major role in training the next generation of Air Force personnel under the banner of Air Training Wing. This includes new officers at the Officer’s Training School, as well as Air Combat Officers and Joint Battle Air Controllers at No.1 Flying Training School and School of Air Traffic Control respectively. The base is also home to No 32 Squadron who fly the King Air multi-role aircraft and No 30 Squadron – airbase operations. The famous Roulettes aerobatic display team from Central Flying School is also located in East Sale. The base is located 6km from Sale’s CBD and results in significant benefits to the local economy and community.