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F-35 1000th Sortie
08 Jun 2018
RAAF personnel at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, reach a flying milestone as the Australian F-35As complete their first 1000 sorties. The RAAF F-35A team are working together with the 56th Fighter Wing USAF and Lockheed Martin to develop Australia’s initial F-35A capability. Royal Australian Air Force pilots and maintenance personnel are fully embedded and integrated in USAF squadrons as they prepare to lead Australia’s transition to a fifth-generation Air Force.
RAAF C-27J on Exercise Croix du Sud
24 May 2018
A Royal Australian Air Force C-27J Spartan is in New Caledonia training for disaster relief as part of Exercise Croix du Sud 2018 (Ex CDS 18), 14-25 May. Ex CDS 18 is based around a hypothetical tsunami scenario requiring aid and troops to be transported as part of a multinational Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR) effort. Accessing remote locations to deliver aid can be challenging, but not so much for the No. 35 Squadron C-27J aircraft whose bread and butter is landing on austere airfields. Built to carry significant loads while still being able to land on unprepared runways not accessible by larger aircraft, the C-27J is suited to HADR-type missions. Ex CDS biennially brings together regional and non-regional nations to practise air, land and maritime interoperability to improve disaster response capability in the region. Over 11 days, the C-27J and its crew will transport and work alongside troops from France (New Caledonia), Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Chile, the United Kingdom, the United States, Indonesia (observer), and Vanuatu Defence Forces. Australian Defence Force participation also includes the KA350 King Air tactical utility aircraft, Australian Army Engineers, Royal Australian Navy vessels and a headquarters element of about 30 personnel.
Air Force Cadets experience life as a Test Pilot
10 May 2018
Two lucky Australian Air Force Cadets got the opportunity to experience life as a Test Pilot on the Aircraft Research and Development Unit (ARDU) PC-9 from RAAF Base Edinburgh over Adelaide - a dream come true for aspiring pilots! This year marks ARDU’s 75th Anniversary, since its formation at RAAF Base Laverton in December 1943. Since that time, ARDU has pioneered flight test in the Australian Defence Force – a tradition that continues to this day in support of the Warfighter.
Antonov An-124 delivers F-35A training equipment
03 May 2018
RAAF Base Williamtown hosted one of the world’s largest cargo aircraft, an Antonov An-124 on Wednesday 2 May, and Thursday 3 May to deliver F-35A training equipment. The equipment – an F-35 Weapons Load Trainer (WLT) and Ejection Seat Maintenance Trainer (ESMT), unloaded and installed in the Australian F-35 Integrated Training Centre at RAAF Base Williamtown F-35A Facility, will provide Australia with its own F-35 pilot and maintainer training capability. The WLT and ESMT forms part of the overall Australian F-35 Training System being procured through the F-35 Joint Program Office. Six Full Mission Simulators are required for F-35A pilot training, with the first two simulators being delivered late 2018.
LAC Timothy Day visits his Great Grandfather's grave in France
22 Apr 2018
Soon after arriving in France to participate in Anzac Day 2018 commemorative activities on the Western Front, Leading Aircraftman Timothy Day visited the grave of his Great Grandfather, the late Private John Mooney, who was killed on the Western Front of the First World War and is buried at the Vaulx Hill Cemetery near Bapaume. Leading Aircraftman Day is a member of Australia’s Federation Guard and will be part of the Catafalque Party during the Anzac Day Dawn Service at Villers-Bretonneux. 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux and of the end of the Great War, and is the final year in the Australian Government’s four-year-long Centenary of Anzac commemorative program.