Thursday October 02, 2014

Business Women’s awards recognise RAAF squadron leader, Becker helicopters co-founder

Business Women’s awards recognise RAAF squadron leader, Becker helicopters co-founder

A Royal Australian Air Force C-17 pilot and the owner of a helicopter training business have been recognised at the 2014 Telstra Queensland Business Women’s awards. Squadron Leader Samantha Freebairn, who is based at Amberley, took out the business... [Continue reading]

First flight for second RAAF F-35

First flight for second RAAF F-35

The second F-35A Lightning II for the RAAF made its first flight on October 1. Lockheed Martin test pilot Bill Gigliotti was at the controls of aircraft AU-2 (RAAF serial A35-002) for the approximately 90 minute flight, from Naval Air Station Joint... [Continue reading]

Wedgetail, KC-30 fly Iraq operational missions

Wedgetail, KC-30 fly Iraq operational missions

The E-7A Wedgetail and KC-30A tanker transport deployed to the Middle East as part of the RAAF’s Air Task Group flew their first operational missions over Iraq on October 1. “The E-7A conducted a support mission over central Iraq while the... [Continue reading]

Video released of RAAF F-35 first flight

Video released of RAAF F-35 first flight

The RAAF has released this video footage of the first flight of its first F-35A Lightning II, which took place from Fort Worth on September 29. The aircraft, known to the RAAF as A35-001 and to manufacturer Lockheed Martin as AU-1, is scheduled for... [Continue reading]

First flight for first RAAF F-35

First flight for first RAAF F-35

The first F-35A Lightning II for the Royal Australian Air Force has made its first flight. The aircraft, designated AU-1 by manufacturer Lockheed Martin and A35-001 by the RAAF, took off from Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, adjacent to... [Continue reading]

C-27J Spartan to be based at Amberley

C-27J Spartan to be based at Amberley

RAAF Base Amberley is set to become the operating base for 35SQN and the future fleet of 10 Alenia C-27J Spartan battlefield airlifters that are expected to arrive in Australia in 2015, Air Force News has reported. The first aircraft are anticipated... [Continue reading]

South Korea finalises F-35 deal

South Korea finalises F-35 deal

The South Korea government has reached agreement with the US government over a US$7 billion deal to acquire 40 F-35A Lightning IIs for the Republic of Korea Air Force. A Letter of Offer and Acceptance between the US and Korean governments is set to... [Continue reading]

Photos: RAAF task group arrives in UAE

Photos: RAAF task group arrives in UAE

The RAAF Air Task Group (ATG) of eight F/A-18F Super Hornets, a Wedgetail AEW&C aircraft and a KC-30A tanker-transport has arrived at Al Minhad Air Base near Dubai in the UAE, ahead of their likely employment against IS forces in Iraq. “The... [Continue reading]

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]

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