Tuesday September 23, 2014

Book review – an Air Lifting account

Book review – an Air Lifting account

“That guy is having fun… and I’m not.” That observation of seeing a low-flying F-111 while working on the family farm neatly sums up why Air Commodore John Oddie joined the RAAF. Oddie’s newly-released autobiography Flight Command – From... [Continue reading]

RAAF deployment to Iraq departs

RAAF deployment to Iraq departs

The main contingent of RAAF personnel and aircraft being deployed to contribute to US-led efforts to “disrupt and degrade” ISIL forces in Iraq departed RAAF bases Amberley and Williamtown on Sunday, headed to Al Minhad air base in the UAE. The... [Continue reading]

Triton completes first cross-country ferry flight

Triton completes first cross-country ferry flight

The MQ-4C Triton has completed an 11-hour, 3,290nm transcontinental flight from the Northrop Grumman facility in Palmdale, California, to Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland, where the unmanned aircraft system (UAS) is due to begin its next... [Continue reading]

RAAF completes fourth Iraq munitions delivery flight

RAAF completes fourth Iraq munitions delivery flight

A 36SQN C-17 Globemaster has completed the RAAF’s fourth air shipment of military stores to Erbil in northern Iraq. The shipment was delivered without incident on September 16 and the aircraft safely returned to Al Minhad Air Base in the UAE. The... [Continue reading]

New RAAF Air Commander 

New RAAF Air Commander 

Newly-promoted Air Vice-Marshal Gavin Turnbull has been appointed Air Commander Australia (ACAUST), replacing Air Vice-Marshal Mel Hupfeld, who in turn has been appointed Head Capability Systems in the Defence Department’s Capability Development... [Continue reading]

RAAF marks 800,000 Hercules flying hours

RAAF marks 800,000 Hercules flying hours

The RAAF has marked 800,000 flying hours by its Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules fleet over five decades with a formation flight by three 37SQN C-130J aircraft over Sydney Harbour on Wednesday. “Behind this milestone is the contribution of many talented... [Continue reading]

RAAF headed back to Iraq

RAAF headed back to Iraq

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Chief of Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin have announced the commitment of ADF assets to an international coalition to fight the Islamic State forces in Iraq. Speaking to media in Canberra on September 14, the... [Continue reading]

Visuals upgrade for Tiger ARH sim

Visuals upgrade for Tiger ARH sim

The visual display system of Army Aviation’s Tiger ARH full flight mission simulator (FFMS) installed at the Oakey Army Aviation Centre, Queensland has been upgraded to the highest levels of ‘out of the window’ realism of any Tiger FFMS in the world. Thales... [Continue reading]

RAAF completes first Iraq C-17 ammunition airlift

RAAF completes first Iraq C-17 ammunition airlift

The RAAF has completed its first airlift of “military stores” to Kurdish forces in northern Iraq. A 36SQN C-17 Globemaster delivered ammunition to Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan, after flying from Al Minhad Air Base in Dubai to pick up the load... [Continue reading]

First RAF A400M flies

First RAF A400M flies

The first Airbus A400M airlifter for the Royal Air Force made its first flight on August 30. The UK will take delivery of 22 A400Ms, which will be named ‘Atlas’ in RAF service. Airbus says the first will be “available for delivery by... [Continue reading]

RAAF Herc undertakes second Iraq air drop

RAAF Herc undertakes second Iraq air drop

The Royal Australian Air Force has undertaken a second air-drop of humanitarian supplies to civilians in northern Iraqi cut off by Islamic State militans, and could soon be involved in airlift missions supplying weapons and ammunition to Kurdish forces. In... [Continue reading]

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