RAAF Super Hornets make Red Flag debut

An aviation technician completes the final checks on the F/A-18F Super Hornet prior to taxing for the planned mission during exercise Black Dagger.

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Exercise Black Dagger is being held over the period of 11-23 April 2012 and is the live fire component of the Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) Course, conducted by Number 4 Squadron from RAAF Base Williamtown NSW. The aim of the JTAC course is to graduate selected Australian Defence Force (ADF) personal in the planning, briefing, controlling and reporting of Close Air Support (CAS) on the battlefield for ADF and major coalition partners.  The Live Fire Exercise (LFX) is taking place at Townsville Field Training area utilising F/A-18F Super Hornets from Number 1 squadron, RAAF Base Amberley QLD.

The RAAF is sending the F/A-18F Super Hornet to Exercise Red Flag for the first time, part of a deployment of 14 aircraft and 410 personnel to the US Air Force-run air combat simulation exercise. Six 1 Squadron Super Hornets, six 75 Squadron F/A-18A 'classic' Hornets, an E-7A Wedgetail and an AP-3C Orion … [Read more...]