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RAAF 3 Squadron 100th Anniversary Canberra fly past.

Following our ‘Heads up’ post yesterday ASO were very grateful to Colin Turner for capturing and contributing to us these great shots of a formation of 3 RAAF 3 Squadron Hornets as they flew past a ceremony today in Canberra celebrating the 100th anniversary of the establishment of their squadron.

The three F/A-18 A and B types that took part in the flypast are a far cry from the box kites and bi-planes the squadron were flying 100 years ago. No doubt the spirit of the aviators has not changed.

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3 SQN celebrating 100 years of protecting and serving Australia.

Colin went above and beyond to secure these images climbing to the top of a substantial hill in the Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve to achieve a good vantage point. I think you’ll agree his efforts were well rewarded.

Colin uses a Canon 5D Mark III with a 300mm f/2.8 L IS lens teamed up with a 2.0x Mark III Teleconvertor and a Canon 7D Mark II with a 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS lens teamed up with a 1.4x Mark III Teleconvertor.

Great Job Colin … thanks for the contribution.

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3 SQN Classics Inbound.
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2 x A’s and a B model streak past.








  1. Great photos Colin! I am the President of the 3 Sqn RAAF Association Queensland and I was in attendance at the Memorial on the day. Is it possible to get copies of the photos for our quarterly newsletter?

    Well done!

    1. Good afternoon Jim. My apologies for the delay in my response. You most certainly may have a copy of those photos. If you can please email me at col.t.1971 @ gmail.com , I’ll be more than happy to send you a Dropbox link for larger and higher resolution images. Regards, Colin

      1. Thanks Colin, that would be great. You will be given full credit of course and I can send you a copy of the newsletter they are in when we publish if you wish. My address is yokkahall@optusnet.com.au Cheers, and thanks again, Jim.

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