The once-bare walls of Hangar 1 at RAAF Base Darwin air movements section (AMS) have been transformed into a work of art by personnel of No. 13 Squadron.

The impetus for the idea came from Leading Aircraftwoman Jessica Knight, who discussed her design plan with her AMS colleagues and listened to their ideas.

The result is a creative mural showcasing the team’s objective of promoting military ethos and explores the rich history of No. 13 Squadron. 

“Our design recognises the history and importance of 13SQN during wartime operations,” Leading Aircraftwoman Knight said. 

“As air movers our mission is to safely prepare, load and offload cargo and troops onto various heavy lift aircraft from across the nation and the world, so the silhouette of the C-17 descending through Darwin’s wet-season clouds is the centrepiece of the mural.”

Another major influence on the design was the flora and fauna of Darwin’s unique natural environment. 

“We still hope to add some of the Northern Territory’s native animals into the main design. We’ll paint some black cockatoos and bush stone curlews, that are known for roaming around Darwin, into the dark grey area of the mural,” Leading Aircraftwoman Knight said.

“And then in the light grey section at the base of the design we’ll add some barramundi, turtles and a crocodile, using techniques derived from the local Indigenous art.”

Many of the almost 30 personnel employed within No. 13 Squadron AMS at RAAF Base Darwin were involved.

Leading Aircraftwoman Kirsty Laurent played a pivotal role in helping to paint the mural. 

“The fact that our team painted the mural together and that it also displays the Airman’s Code, just adds to the special feeling it provides about what it means to all of us to be serving members of the Royal Australian Air Force,” Leading Aircraftwoman Laurent said. 

“Everyone that has seen it has made a positive comment. I like the fact that it brings a unique aspect to RAAF Base Darwin’s AMS section.”

No. 13 Squadron Commanding Officer Wing Commander Andrew Anthony couldn’t be more proud of his air movers.

“The nature of air operations at RAAF Darwin requires the air movements team to work irregular hours every day of the week, and they are often heavily tasked,” Wing Commander Anthony said.

 “Their willingness to go the extra mile to support aircraft movements while maintaining pride in their workplace exemplifies Air Force values and No. 13 Squadron’s motto - Resilient and Ready. 

“The mural by No. 13 Squadron air movements section personnel encapsulates the dedication and enthusiasm this team display in every aspect of their work.”