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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[…]

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: […]

Aussie Hawk Milestone.

Williamtown, Australia: BAE Systems Australia has congratulated the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) on achieving 100,000 flying hours for its Hawk 127 Lead-In Fighter fleet. Since the 33-strong fleet first entered service in 2001, the Company has proudly provided in-service support from RAAF Bases Williamtown and Pearce, along with global[…]

Newcastle Mattara Hornet display 2015

Each year, the city of Newcastle, Australia, holds a community event called the Mattara Festival with all kinds of family entertainment and events such a car shows, art displays, an automotive hill-climb, fair rides and plenty more. This year the event was supported  by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)[…]

Hawk 127 LIFCAP

A27-27 captured from Tomaree headland, Nelson Bay, Australia, during flight trials for the Lead-In-Fighter, Capability Assurance Programme (LIFCAP) in April, 2015. Operated by 79 Squadron at Pearce, Western Australia (for type conversion) and 76 Squadron at Williamtown, near Newcsatle, New South Wales (for Introductory Fighter Training), with both units also[…]