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C-17A Globemaster

2019 Australian International Airshow RAAF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III

  The 2019 Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition held at Avalon Airport  near Geelong in Victoria, is the 14th time the show has been held since its inception back in October 1992.  This biennial show is one of the Asia-Pacific regions most prestigious and the largest of[…]

Heads UP Brisbane – Riverfire Practice

Brisbane loves the Sunsuper Riverfire and there is almost nothing better than those fabulous fireworks and that hot afterburner action up the Brisbane River. Not to mention the Roulettes, the heavy rotary wing aircraft and the C-17. Nothing tells you its almost Riverfire time than the RAAF doing practice runs[…]

Exercise Pitch Black 2018 – Mindil Beach Sunset Display

Again Darwin has been entertained by a brilliant sunset display from the aircraft involved in this year’s Exercise Pitch Black. In addition to the traditional formation flypasts, two individual displays thrilled the onlookers watching at Mindil Beach in Darwin, Northern Territory. On Thursday evening the gathered crowds watched on for[…]

Wings Over Illawarra 2018 – Defence Showcase

ADF Showcase It was the largest contingent of Australian Defence Force aircraft and helicopters at a Wings Over the Illawarra ever! The Royal Australian Air Force presented examples of the Boeing C-17A Globemaster III, Lockheed Martin C-130J, Boeing P-8 Poseidon, Alenia C-27J Spartan, McDonnell Douglas/Boeing F-18A Hornet, BAe Hawk-127 and[…]

Spotters catch Raptors in Northern Australia

Cover shot above: Ian Hitchcock With the USAF F-22 Raptors in town, northern Australian spotters are having a field day. The Raptors are from 90th Fighter Squadron (90 FS) assigned to the 3d Operations Group, 3d Wing, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Known as the “The Dicemen” the fighters are here[…]

United States Air Force 69th Birthday.

A significant date for the United States Air Force this week. September 18th 2016 marks the 69th anniversary of the largest Air Forces in the world. Formed as a separate branch of the United States Army on this date, the current U.S.A.F is  today a service which operates more than 5,137[…]

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[…]

Heads Up : Australian Defence Force Academy Open Day

Heads up for some ADF flying today in Canberra. What: Flying activity will be conducted over the ADFA Parade Ground at Northcott Drive, Campbell, ACT. When: Navy Helicopters will arrive from Friday 26 August 2016 at approximately 3:00-5pm and depart on Saturday 27 August 2016 at approximately 4:30pm. The Roulettes[…]

36 Squadron C-17 Globemaster III – The Heavy Mover of Pitch Black 2016

As part of RAAF Air Mobility Group and No 86 Wing, 36 Squadron provides an important logistical role for the Royal Australian Air Force. Based at RAAF Base Amberley, 36 Squadron operates the largest transport aircraft of the Australian Defence Force, the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III. During the 2000’s, the[…]

Vice President of the United States tours Australia

Being the second most powerful man in the world is something not to be taken lightly at all . With the title comes a great deal of responsibility. So when Vice President of the United States of America, Joe Biden visits he certainly shows what this sort of title brings[…]