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Exercise Global Dexterity
13 Nov 2019
In November 2019, No. 36 Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley hosted United States Air Force crews from 535th Air Lift Squadron to participate in Exercise Global Dexterity. The inter-fly exercise saw mixed RAAF and USAF C-17 Globemaster III crews maintain, load and fly the aircraft – a major milestone for both nations. Participating in ‘three-ship’ air-to-air refuelling training with RAAF KC-30 Multi-role Tanker Transport aircraft, and airdrop formations, the C-17s descended to an altitude of 100 metres at times along the Queensland coast between the Whitsundays and Noosa passing over Fraser Island and Rainbow Beach.
RAAF Base Edinburgh Air Show 2019
12 Nov 2019
RAAF Base Edinburgh opened its gates to the public for an action packed Air Show on the 9 and 10 November. The two day event showcased advances in aviation technology in the 100 years since Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith made their epic flight from England to Australia. The public had a rare opportunity to see some of the Australian Defence Force’s most advanced military aircraft, equipment and technology, including the latest fifth generation fighter aircraft, the F-35A Lightning II.
F-35A Lightning II landing at RAAF base Edinburgh
07 Nov 2019
The F-35A Lightning II aircraft arrived in Adelaide for the first time on 6 November to participate in the Edinburgh Air Show, 9-10 November 2019. The Air Show showcased advances in aviation technology during the 100 years since the epic flight in November 1919 of notable South Australians Sir Ross Smith and his brother, Sir Keith Smith, who flew from England to Australia in 1919 in a Vickers Vimy to win the Great Air Race.
ADF showcased at the Tumut Valley Air Show
07 Nov 2019
On Saturday 2 November 2019, the Australian Defence Force joined the Tumut Valley Aero Club at the annual Tumut Valley Air Show at Tumut airfield. Representatives from each of the three services participated, with flypasts and static displays from a Number 2 Operational Conversion Unit Air Force F/A18A-B Hornet, a 35 Squadron C-27J Spartan and an Army Aviation S-70 Black Hawk helicopter. Static displays from Defence Force Recruiting and the Naval Aviation Prospects Scheme Simulator completed the ADF presence on the day. Hundreds attended what has become a very popular event in regional New South Wales.
The ADF premieres its National Football Championships for 2019
04 Nov 2019
The best footballers from the Australian Defence Force and Royal Navy went head to head at the 2019 Australian Defence Football Championships at Valentine Sports Park, Sydney, from 25-30 October 2019. Stand-out players from the tournament were selected for the Australian Defence Force representative teams. The Royal Navy sent three teams to Australia from the United Kingdom to contest the tournament. The championships are the Australian Defence Force’s premier annual football event and fosters teamwork, esprit de corps, fitness and pride in service in the serving members who participate.
RAAF air refueling tanker KC30A completes its tour in the Middle East
01 Nov 2019
An Australian Air Force KC-30A multi-role tanker transport aircraft has completed a four month operational tour in the Middle East as part of its ongoing commitment to Operation Okra. The aircraft is one of the most advanced air refuelling platforms in the world, facilitating greater reach for coalition air operations. The aircraft can operate at long ranges, delivering significant payloads of fuel to a wide variety of coalition aircraft. The KC-30A deployment is part of Operation Okra and supports the US-led Operation Inherent Resolve mission to defeat Daesh. Australia continues to work closely with the Iraqi Government and Global Coalition partners to counter Daesh and eliminate the threat to the region and broader international community.