Absolutely. I can also recount tales of army woe in Vietnam where RAAF 'never' supported them with Iroquois. Apparently. I've been in long enough to know these were just stories about the 'next-door village that is full of idiots and doesn't understand us' type of complaints. Mostly, over a beer. ADF helo force will never have the mass of US Army which was the army reference point in Vietnam. Yet, the RAAF SAR capability was rushed into service for Vietnam from scratch and despite everything were instrumental in resupply at Long Tan. This only grew into fully developed tactical ops and Bushrangers. That success was never acknowledged by army who only saw a convenient BS story of holiday RAAF ala hotels and BBQs. And rugby teams obviously. The point is that the entire helo transfer was political with no basis for history or what is best for Australian air power....
This may be the bad old days but people still remember.
Perhaps a unit whose main function is to support the army should be part of the army.
Now whether the army staff effort that resulted in MRH & Tiger was worse than a RAAF equivalent will never be known. The GOTD had a big vote here. Although, we can all throw around speculation. Noting RAAF did get super complex and expensive F-18s in the 80's. Likewise, flight safety. As an airpower and Air Lift guy though, I can categorically say that complex weapon systems like aircraft should be operated by the Air Force. Tiger and now Apache, particularly. Just like other medium-sized countries, which do not have a helo fleet the size of the USA.
The fact that a country the geographic continental size of Australia does not have AAR helo capability speaks to me of 2 things:
1. our airpower is not joined up b/c of army bastardy
2. RAAF is not a saint in any way (my comments about fast jet centric) and should have invested more resources in all AMG missions including AAR
As I said 'if I was king for a day'. People seem to have ignored my full verse. No offense intended to any army brown jobs. Brother aircrew etc included. However, WRT the army sir's who did the coup: you are indeed Sir(s) wrong/insert stronger language as required.