First RAAF F-35 arrives at Luke AFB

F-35A A35-002 (AU-2) arrives at Luke AFB in Arizona on December 18. (USAF)

The first RAAF Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II arrived at Luke AFB near Phoenix in Arizona on December 18 to join the USAF-led training pool there. F-35A A35-002 (AU-2) was flown by a USAF pilot, and was welcomed to Luke by the Australian air attache to Washington AIRCDRE Gary Martin, the first … [Read more...]

RAAF Heron detachment completes Afghan mission

The RAAF's Heron RPA detachment has completed its Afghan mission and is on its way home. (Defence)

The RAAF’s Heron remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) detachment’s mission to Afghanistan has ended following the final mission being flown on November 30. The detachment was established at Kandahar in August 2009 following a rapid acquisition program called Project Nankeen which resulted in the IAI Heron being … [Read more...]