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USN Super Hornets visit Townsville for Black Dagger

written by | March 23, 2017

F/A-18E Super Hornets from the US Navy’s VFA-27 ‘Royal Maces’ strike fighter squadron are currently in Townsville to take part in Exercise Black Dagger.

The Super Hornets are flying from RAAF Base Townsville supporting the field training exercise, which runs from March 20 to 31 and marks the culmination of Number 58 Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) course. Graduates from the course will be qualified combat ready JTACs.

Up to three RAAF PC-9s from 4 Squadron are also taking part in Black Dagger.


VFA-27 is based at Atsugi, Japan.

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    They have been great too, the Americans seem to go a bit harder than the Australian pilots, they took off yesterday whilst I was playing at the golf course near the end of the runway, wheels up and a hard turn left, really giving it some, was fun to watch.

  • Paul


    Great to see so many US jets here.Keep them here guys.

  • Allen Hamilton


    If we can’t keep them they can’t leave without at least getting ‘zapped’

  • Mick181


    The size of the Cockpit in comparison to the rest of the Aircraft is an indication of just how big these jets have got, compare them to a classic Hornet. Come a long way from the Northrop YF-17 that flew off against the YF-16 in the USAFs light weight Fighter program of the Mid 70s.

  • Mick Barnes


    As an avid plane enthusiast and Private Pilot, it’s great watching these planes land. Unfortunately we live in Mount Louisa in Townsville which is right below the Left base turn. The noise is sometimes excruciating at that height!! Can really see the difference with US Navy circuits and RAAF circuits. Roll on the end of the month to get a little more quiet time, but hope the US aviators enjoyed their stay here in Townsville.

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