RAAF

2017

*NEW* March 2017 saw the first RAAF F-35 Lightning IIs attend the Avalon International Airshow while they were on a short visit from the USA. DUAN captured their first appearance and also interviewed one of the pilots involved in the F-35 program. See these insights at First RAAF F-35s visit Australia and Avalon Airshow

 

2016

6 November 2016. RAAF 100th Anniversary of 1,2,3,and 4 SQNs  at RAAF Williamtown See the review at – RAAF 100th Anniversary review

 

In November 2016 the new Boeing P-8A Poseidon arrived at RAAF Edinburgh as the newest maritime patrol aircraft for 11 SQN, while at the same time 11 SQN held a family day farewell event to its long serving AP-3C Orions. Dion Makowski and Phil Buckley covered the two events at Arrival of the P-8 and wind down of the P-3

15 September 2016. Exercise Pitch Black 2016 RAAF Darwin public open day report – Open Day review

DUAN visited at RAAF Darwin during the Pitch Black exercise – No.114 MCRU. See the story at No. 114 MCRU insights

In Pitch Black 2016 DUAN was invited to be on board an RAAF KC-30A tanker as it conducted refuelling operations with RAAF F/A-18s and USAF F-16s. See the KC-30 flight insights at RAAF KC-30A tanker flight during Pitch Black 2016

During Pitch Black 2016 DUAN visited RAAF 77 SQN operations at RAAF Darwin and was given insights to their current training and capabilities.See story at 77SQN in the Top End at PB2016

An operations overview and insights to the recently completed N.T based 3 week Pitch Black 2016 exercise. See report here  Operations overview

21 May 2016. RAAF base Richmond supported the Kids in Need Foundation with an open day for the charity and up to 5,000 visited. See report here – May 2016 Kids In Need – Richmond Open Day

Media were invited on Friday 11 March 2016 to watch up close the ADF’s ability to deploy at short notice,  then prepare and maintain its air drop capability from RAAF base Richmond in western Sydney, NSW Click link to see more at Ex Elephant Trail 16 – RAAF 37 Sqn and Australian Army 176 AD Sqn

2012

Mid 2012 saw Exercise Pitch Black held in northern Australia and a public Open Day held at RAAF base Darwin.  See more on link – Pitch Black 2012 open day review

37 Sqn retired the C-130H Hercules from service at RAAF Richmond in November 2012, see more at link – C-130H retirement

2011

A visit to 3 Sqn at RAAF base Willamtown, near Newcastle NSW to gain an insight to how the squadron operates and speak to some of the pilots. Click the link for more – F/A-18 Hornet operations of 3 Sqn RAAF Williamtown

RAAF 2 Sqn flies the E-7A Wedgetail in AEW&C roles see more at link – 2 Sqn E-7A Operations

April 2011 was the RAAF’s 90th Birthday and it was celebrated in style across the country. At RAAF base Richmond, Sydney a party and a heritage theme was set up. See the event – click on the link to go to the article – RAAF celebrates 90th birthday at RAAF base Richmond

2010

December 3 2010 witnessed the retirement of the RAAF F-111 fleet from service. Click the link to go to the article – F-111 retirement

2008

June 2008 was the last official RAAF Boeing 707 flight over NSW.  I was there at the final take off and landing – see more at link Final RAAF Boeing 707 flight

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