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]

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]

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]

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]

BAE Australia to supply F-35 audio control modules

BAE Australia to supply F-35 audio control modules

BAE Systems Australia is set to produce about 1,000 Audio Control Electronic modules for the F-35 Lightning II’s communication, navigation and identification suite under a long-term arrangement with Northrop Grumman. The work will initially augment... [Continue reading]

Wedgetails return from Red Flag Alaska

Wedgetails return from Red Flag Alaska

Two RAAF E-7A Wedgetail AEW&C aircraft have returned to Australia after participating in Exercise Red Flag Alaska last month. The two 2SQN aircraft, supported by 59 personnel from the RAAF’s 49 Wing, took part in a number of ‘large force... [Continue reading]

CAE links RAAF C-130J sim and crew trainer

CAE links RAAF C-130J sim and crew trainer

CAE has demonstrated its ability to network RAAF C-130J Hercules training systems by linking the C-130J full-flight and mission simulator with a C-130J tactical airlift crew trainer. “The networked training devices demonstrated how the entire mission... [Continue reading]

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