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2OCU family day Classic Hornet display.

The Royal Australian Air Force’s  2 Operational Conversion Unit (2OCU) put on an event for the unit’s family and friends on Friday 27th of September and, as part of this, they also put up a formation and solo handling display of their F/A-18A&B Classic Hornets. As 2OCU nears the end[…]

Dawn Strike 2019, End of an Era.

As the last switch was thrown, the final engine shut down and silence finally spread across the base once again, it was time to reflect on the fact that we had just had the privilege of watching history in the making for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). In the[…]

RAAF Base Tindal – Airside Launches during Diamond Storm 2019

The second media event arranged at RAAF Base Tindal, 350 km south of Darwin, during the Royal Air Force’s Exercise Diamond Storm, was an airside visit to capture some Red Air forces taxiing out and departing for the exercise airspace. To have this level of close access is something that[…]

Hunter Valley Airshow 2019

Warbirds, Jets, aerobatics, front-line military hardware, models, rag-and-tube, flaming walls of fire and explosions, stunt bikes and a balloon; the 2019 Hunter Valley Airshow had it all. The third Hunter Valley Airshow was held on the weekend of the 6th & 7th of April this year at Cessnock airport; a[…]

2019 Australian International Airshow – Australia’s Flying Tiger

    The 2019 Australian International 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[…]

Exercise Diamond Shield 2019

Exercise Diamond Shield is in full swing at RAAF Bases Williamtown and Amberly this week. The exercise is a part of the second biennial Air Warfare Instructor Course (AWIC), a six-month program that integrates warfighting functions across a range of specialisations within the Royal Australian Air Force and brings together[…]

2OCU’s 2019 Special Hornet Scheme

Here is a brief gallery of images of 2OCU’s 2019 Special Hornet Scheme during it’s delivery flight from RAAF Base Amberly, where it was painted, back to its home base at RAAF Base Williamtown in NSW. The aircraft is painted in distinctive colours to celebrate the unit’s final year of[…]

First RAAF F-35s arrive at Williamtown.

Yesterday (December 10th 2018) saw the official delivery of the Royal Australian Air Force’s first two Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs (also known at the Lightning II), at RAAF Base Williamtown, just north of Newcastle. While 10 aircraft have been delivered to the RAAF so far, they are currently used in the[…]

33 Squadron, Topping Up in the Top End!

  Affair – During Exercise Pitch Black 2018 in the far northern part of Australia, Royal Australian Air force KC-30A of 33 Squadron have been conducting aerial refuelling training with participating Australian and foreign military aircraft. Aviation Spotters Online have been capturing many parts of this year’s exercise including team[…]

3 Squadron Flypast.

Friday 8th of December saw 3 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) make a flypast over the city of Newcastle, Australia, followed by their home base of RAAF Williamtown, just north of Newcastle, in the shape of a giant number 3. 10 classic Hornets took part, along with a single[…]