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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[…]

RAAF F/A-18A Hornet "star Wars"

“Per Ardua Ad Astra” – ‘Through Adversity to the Stars’

Exercise Pitch Black 2016 is the largest air exercise over Australia this year and true to it’s name most of the flying is done at night over a massive area south of Darwin. At this year’s Exercise the Royal Australian Air Force really ramped up the media exposure allowing 20[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Top End Tankers and Transports

The skies over the Northern Territory are usually fairly uncluttered, but when Australia’s premier multi-nation exercise Pitch Black gets under way, the heavy metal traffic hits high gear. ASO takes a glimpse at those larger work horses that perform an important role in maintaining the airborne logistical element on deployments,[…]

First Wave Friday – up close to the action at PB-2016

ASO were privileged to be invited by the RAAF’s Pitch Black media team to have a ring side seat for the first wave of aircraft launches on Friday 5th August, and boy, we weren’t disappointed one little bit. After climbing aboard the bus at 8:30 am, we were transported past aircraft[…]

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[…]

Exercise Pitch Black 2016 TRAILER

Aviation Spotters Online was privileged to be part of the embedded media team during PB16. Although our visit was brief, we aimed high to capture moments from Exercise Pitch Black to give you an insight into the intensity, and fast pace of this multi-national war game that takes place every[…]

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[…]