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Exercise Pitch Black 2018 Open Day – what a display!

The Open Day at RAAF Base Darwin is one of two most anticipated public events held during the Royal Australian Air Force’s Exercise Pitch Black, held every two years. The open day, as announced by Air Commodore Noddy Sawade at the begining of the exercise, is set up at the[…]

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It’s ON! Exercise Pitch Black 2018 officially opened.

The southern hemisphere’s premier air training exercise, the Royal Australian Air Force’s Exercise Pitch Black 2018, was officially opened today by Air Commodore Michael Kitcher at RAAF Base Darwin. With him was Air Commodore Noddy Sawade – who was also present at Pitch Black 2016. AC Kitcher welcomes the media[…]

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Burners over the Beach – Sunset Handling Display PB2016

What connects the Darwin’s Mindil Beach, golden sunsets over Fannie Bay and Exercise Pitch Black?……only the most anticipated military handling display of 2016 in the Top End – the Aircraft Handling Display over Mindil Beach, right on sunset, on 11th of August 2016. Having been promoted in the local media, and by[…]

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Hornets Nest – Classic Hornets in the NT

Royal Australian Air Force’s F/A-18A Hornets were recently taking part in Exercise Pitch Black in the Northern Territory, Australia. I had the chance to document a couple of the RAAF’s 77 SQN Hornets as they prepared to rejoin the battle. With multiple missions running day and night over the three[…]

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Mass Launch Airside Exercise Pitch Black 2016

Morning Launch of the first wave Exercise Pitch Black 2016 Date- Thursday, August 11 2016 Where- RAAF Base Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia Location- Airside,  Flight Operations. Storyteller- Mark Pourzenic Having the opportunity as a videographer and part of the team which is, Aviation Spotters Online, there are certain instances when[…]

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High In The Sky! – RAAF KC-30A Media Flight

From the time it was announced early on Wednesday morning at the initial briefing, to the moment we walked across the scorching tarmac to board, the anticipation was high. For many, this would be their first time observing an air-2-air refueling operation from on board the tanker aircraft. Before boarding[…]

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Exercise Pitch Black 2016 “The Art of War”

“Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.” Sun Tzu, The Art of War – Pitch Black 2016 Every two years the Royal Australian Air Force hosts nations from all around the globe, along with its own chosen units, they all[…]

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