RAAF accepts three more F-35As

The RAAF has formally accepted three more F-35As from Lockheed Martin at the Integrated Training Centre at Luke AFB in Arizona. After rolling out and taking flight for the first time in December and January, F-35As A35-003, 004 and 005 were accepted into the ITC in early March. The new aircraft are the … [Read more...]

RAAF P-8A Poseidon ready for operations

The RAAF has declared initial operational capability (IOC) for the Boeing P-8A Poseidon, meaning the maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft can now be tasked on operations. The milestone was announced by Defence Minister Senator Marise Payne at the RAAF's 2018 Air Power Conference … [Read more...]

Breaking the fast jet ceiling

Flying Officer Brooke Chivers and Pilot Officer Aroha Fifield (pictured) became the RAAF’s first female fast jet aircrew, qualifying as F-111 navigators in 2000. (Defence)

Welcome to our latest "Throwback Thursday" feature article from a past edition of Australian Aviation. Here, this June 2017 issue story from Max Blenkin looked at why Australia had yet to have a female fighter pilot. Since this story was published, two Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) female fighter pilots … [Read more...]