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Air Warfare Instructors sparkle for Exercise Diamond Shield

What: Air Force’s Air Warfare Instructors will conduct flying operations to prepare for participation in Exercise Diamond Shield, to finalise their training with the most challenging test of their careers. Where: RAAF Base Williamtown, NSW. When: Monday, 13 March to Friday, 31 March. Flights will occur between the following times: […]

RAAF 2OCU 75th Anniversary F/A-18A Tail Scheme.

2017 marks the 75th anniversary for the Royal Australian Air Force’s No. 2 Operational Conversion Unit, or 2OCU . The unit formed in April 1942 at Port Pirie, SA but relocated to RAAF Mildura, Victoria the following month. The unit provided training on all forms of aircraft during World War 2 but[…]

Australia Day 2017 RAAF F/A-18 Hornet Display.

The first F/A-18 Hornet display of the year is always the Australia Day show over the crowd around Sydney Harbour but, unlike last year’s blue sky day, this year was the opposite with rain and low cloud. All morning the team from 2OCU kept checking the weather to see if the display[…]

Australia Day fly overs around the country.

Today is Australia Day and one of the biggest days around the country to see aviation take to the skies. We think it’s a great time to look back at some of the footage we captured last year and release some other views we have for the first time to[…]

Bathurst 1000 F/A-18A Hornet displays 2016.

Australia’s biggest car race was on again. The Bathurst 1000 attracts every car nut in Australia to the ” Mountain” (mount Panorama) but for me it’s the best and shortest drive I can do to see a Hornet display. Every year since I started going, the Royal Australian Air Force has[…]

Head’s up – F/A-18 Hornet & Hawk Night Flying

A big week ahead with Night Op’s all week from RAAF Williamtown :   What:        Up to 14 F/A-18 Hornet aircraft and up to eight Hawk 127 aircraft from RAAF Base Williamtown will be conducting night flying operations.   Where:      Williamtown and surrounding airspace.   When:        Monday to Friday, 11-15[…]

A Short Hornet movie

What do you do with way too many photo’s from a shoot? Put them all into a movie !  

2OCU A year with the Tiger Squadron.

Introduction My ASO Co-Editor Mark Jessop has spent the last 12 months working closely with the Royal Australian Air Force 2OCU Tiger Squadron to document their year of operation. The following substantial article is a detailed look, a photographic and video journey into the little known world of some of our[…]

Exercise High Sierra 2015 almost complete.

With the end in sight, the next generation of Fighter Pilots only have a few missions left to prove they have what it takes to fly the F/A-18 Hornet. After 6 months at 2OCU (Operational Conversion Unit) the students and Squadron move to RAAF Townsville for the final 3 week[…]