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Pitch Black in pictures

written by australianaviation.com.au | August 5, 2014
1SQN RAAF Super Hornet and a Royal Thai Air Force Gripen. (Defence)
1SQN RAAF Super Hornet and a Royal Thai Air Force Gripen. (Defence)
A New Jersey ANG F-16C. (Defence)
A New Jersey ANG F-16C. (Defence)

Flying in the three-week long Exercise Pitch Black 14 began on Monday. The biennial exercise is the RAAF’s largest, and this year sees participation from 110 aircraft and 2,300 personnel from Australia, the US, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and France operating from RAAF Bases Darwin and Tindal.

A Republic of Singapore Air Force Gulfstream G550 AEW&C takes off from Darwin. (Defence)
A Republic of Singapore Air Force AEW&C Gulfstream G550  takes off from Darwin. (Defence)
French CN-235 with a RAAF C-130J in the background. (Defence)
French CN-235 with a RAAF C-130J in the background. (Defence)

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4 Comments

  • PWM

    says:

    I have to laugh at our military when they promulgate Restricted Areas that are in International airspace i.e.>12NM from land and thus have no legal standing. Not even the USA or Russian are that stupid or arrogant, Canberra being Canberra my money is on stupid.

  • CYF

    says:

    PWM, our military do not promulgate airspace, CASA does at the request of the military and under the legal standing given to them by ICAO. This is done with the interests and safety of all airspace users in mind.
    The airspace you are talking about provides our military with a safe place to train – there are some activities that can’t be conducted over land. It is not established as a claim to international airspace.
    The US also have airspace outside 12nm of their coastline for the same reasons, they just have a different name for it.

  • RustedHalo

    says:

    I thought I could come here for some sensible comments and I walk (OK, fly) straight into PWM’s statement!

  • Raymond

    says:

    RustedHalo – the quality of comments here varies like any other site! Unfortunately, AA isn’t immune from those of PWM’s ilk!

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