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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[…]

It’s a Wrap – Exercise Pitch Black is over for 2018.

Today Air Commodore Mike Kitcher, Officer Conducting Exercise Pitch Black, has officially wrapped up the exercise for 2018.  With representatives from 10 different services across 8 of the 16 nations involved in the exercise, it demonstrates just how diverse Pitch Black has become since it’s humble two nation beginings back in[…]

It’s ON! Exercise Pitch Black 2018 officially opened.

The southern hemisphere’s premier air training exercise, the Royal Australian Air Force’s Exercise Pitch Black 2018, was officially opened today by Air Commodore Michael Kitcher at RAAF Base Darwin. With him was Air Commodore Noddy Sawade – who was also present at Pitch Black 2016. AC Kitcher welcomes the media[…]

Avalon Airshow: from grass roots to Australia’s Premier Airshow

After the major success of the 1988 Bicentennial airshow held at Richmond Air Force base in the New South Wales Hawkesbury region, anything that was to follow would be hard to beat. The sight and sounds from all sorts of aircraft types from across the globe. With examples of F-111s[…]

Antonov Charters For Exercise Wallaby 2016, Rockhampton, Australia

    Exercise Wallaby Rockhampton Rockhampton is located a short distance from the Central Queensland coast and has what is classed as a major Australian Regional Airport. Rockhampton Airport services domestic flights from Cairns down to the Gold Coast and regularly hosts International charters as well diversions on its 2,568m[…]

RSAF F-15SG’s Accelerate Into Action! – Exercise Wallaby 2016

Exercise Wallaby 2016 On 16th of September 2016 the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) deployed six of their front line F-15SG fighters from 149 “Shikra” Squadron to Rockhampton Australia to participate in Exercise Wallaby 2016 RSAF F-15SG’s are regular visitors to Exercise Pitch Black in Northern Australia and have[…]

Exercise Kakadu 2016 – A short look at land based air assets.

The Northern Territory is certainly no stranger to military exercises and often as one ends, another begins, sometimes within weeks or even days. Such is the case this year from 12 to 23 September with Exercise Kakadu 2016 being launched by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), an exercise that covers a large area[…]

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[…]