Friday August 29, 2014

First flight for ADF Abrams

RAAF personnel direct an M1A1 Abrams tank onto the loading ramp of a C-17 at Darwin on May 11. The tank had to be secured in a precise location in order to allow the aircraft to remain balanced during flight. (Department of Defence)

The RAAF has flown an M1A1 Abrams tank inside a C-17 airlifter for the first time.

The tank was flown from RAAF Base Darwin to the Capricornia region on May 11 to take part in exercise Hamel in the Shoalwater Bay Field Training Area.

The ADF said the flight emphasised a “key joint strategic capability” by bringing together Army and Air Force personnel.