From the cockpit, Flight Lieutenant and captain Oliver Kersnovski could see the full devastation of the Corryong bushfires - and it terrified him.
"The countryside is purely black and as you look around it's burnt right up to the airfield and right up to town," he said.
"The guys here have had a very rough time.
"Flying in was actually quite terrifying."
The RAAF C27J RAAF Spartan flew 30 AusNet workers into Corryong to help get power reconnected as soon as possible.
AusNet crisis manager Alistair Parker said power should be restored to the town in weeks, not months.
Mr Parker said the main supply in town should be restored mid-week, allowing groups of workers to disperse and tackle other areas in the next couple of weeks.
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He said the 30 workers flown into Corryong joined other 30 already in the town and were supported by 30 more in Wodonga.
The RAAF will continue to fly AusNet workers into the town for the next five days.
Mr Parker said there were more than 200 kilometres of powerlines in Corryong and most had been affected by the bushfire.
He warned residents conductors on the ground might still be live and dangerous and should not be approached.
He said residents should call 13 17 99 to report faults.