This year after a few years of hard work and alot of planning the idea of capturing one of the displays from a helicopter was made possible. The Saturday was the chosen day as Sunday is race day and the helicopter with the live broadcast equipment has to be in the air for the start of the race. On Sunday my location was on top of Rydges Hotel roof which is located on Conrod Straight just before the last turn on to the start finish line.
It's just one of those things in anyone's life if you love aviation ...... What would it be like to land on a aircraft carrier and then be catapulted off again ? I for one really never put too much thought into it. After all, what are the chances of it ever happening ? With Exercise Talisman Sabre in full swing in two main locations across Australia and off her coastline, ASO headed to Darwin to capture the action and, on the final day of covering the exercise, this question got answered.
RAAF KC-30 Tankers from 33SQN played a major role in Talismen Sabre 2015 the largest Exercise held in Australia. This year the USS George Washington participated and onboard the Strike Fighter Squadrons of the VFA-102 100 series Diamondbacks F/A-18F Super Hornet, VFA-27 200 series Royal Maces F/A-18E Super Hornet, VFA-115 300 series Eagles F/A-18E Super Hornet, VFA-195 400 series Dambusters F/A-18E Super Hornet and VFA-141 500 series Shadowhawks EA-18G Growler's.
Australia's most elite fighter pilots are in the air through Northern Territory skies as part of the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) elite training course. The 33rd Fighter Combat Instructor Course (FCI) takes the very lucky few top pilots and challenges them to take it to the top level. Exercise Aces North started in the Territory on Monday and involves five fighter pilots and 22 aircraft, including classic and Super Hornets.
2OCU "Tiger Bird" is the final flight of the year for the students and the instructors. Together they fly back from RAAF Townsville and head home for RAAF Williamtown where they form up into a 13 ship formation fly over of the base and local area before one last beat of the year on the base.