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Boom! Watch F-35 fighter jet flypast Sydney on ANZAC Day

written by Adam Thorn | April 25, 2022

An F-35 flies past Freshwater on Sydeny’s Northern Beaches (Jimmy D’s RC YouTube)

Sydneysiders heard the roar of one of the RAAF’s F-35 fighter jets as it completed a series of flypasts across NSW to mark ANZAC Day.

The fifth-generation aircraft swept past Doyalson on the Central Coast at 9am before heading south to Freshwater on the Northern Beaches and then onto locations including Lake Macquarie, Belmont and Newcastle.

Below, Australian Aviation presents the best of the videos taken by onlookers and you can see a full itinerary of flypasts at the bottom of this article.

The F-35 is the country’s newest fighter, bought to replace the RAAF’s F/A-18A/B Classic Hornets that were in service since 1985 and retired in late 2021.

Over the coming years, Australia will purchase 72 as part of the $17 billion AIR 6000 Phase 2A/B program, with all expected to be fully operational by 2023.

So far, the RAAF’s fleet includes 48, with another four arriving last month.

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Thus far, RAAF F-35A aircraft have clocked over 15,000 flight hours and have already achieved initial operational capability, making it combat-ready.

The aircraft comes in three variants: the F-35A – purchased by Australia – is a conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) version; the F-35B is a short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) variant, and the final F-35C is the carrier type (CV).

In June 2021, Australian Aviation reported how two F-35s took to the skies with a full complement of weapons for the first time.

The landmark moment came as the pair were taking part in Exercise Arnhem Thunder 21 from RAAF Base Darwin.

In addition to their internal payload, the F-35s departed with laser-guided GBU-12 bombs attached to their under-wing pylons.

The bombs were dropped on ground-based targets at the Delamere Air Weapons Range, located about 120 kilometres south of Katherine.

See details of all the flypasts below to identify what aircraft you saw. 

NSW

TOWN/CITY LOCATION TIMING AIRCRAFT
Doyalson Pacific Highway, Doyalson 9.05am F-35A Lightning II
Freshwater Harbord Diggers Club, Evans Street, Freshwater 9.20am F-35A Lightning II
Sydney CBD Elizabeth Street, Sydney 9.30am F-35A Lightning II
Terrigal Wamberal The Terrigal Foreshore War Memorial, The Esplanade 9.40am F-35A Lightning II
Toukley Main Road, Toukley 9.40am F-35A Lightning II
Lake Macquarie Dora Creek Workers Club, Minnie Street, Dora Creek 9.40am F-35A Lightning II
Wangi Wangi Wangi Wangi RSL, Watkings Road, Wangi Wangi 9.40am F-35A Lightning II
Belmont Cullen Park War Memorial,

Corner Ada Street and Pacific Highway, Belmont

9.45am F-35A Lightning II
Newcastle Civic Park, corner of King and Aukland Streets, Newcastle 10.00am F-35A Lightning II
Maitland Corner William and Newcastle Streets (New England Highway), Maitland 10.30am F-35A Lightning II
Muswellbrook Corner Market Street and New England Highway, Muswellbrook 10.35am F-35A Lightning II
Tilligerry Tilligerry RSL Sports Club, Lemon Tree Passage Road, Tanilba Bay 10.40am F-35A Lightning II
Nelson Bay Apex Park, Laman Street, Nelson Bay 11.00am F-35A Lightning II
Raymond Terrace Anzac Park, Raymond Terrace, corner Jacaranda Avenue and Port Stephens Street 11.00am F-35A Lightning II
Wyong Wyong Town Park, corner of Alison Road and Rankens Court , Wyong 11.05am F-35A Lightning II
Branxton Branxton RSL Memorial Rotunda, John Rose Avenue, Branxton 11.20am F-35A Lightning II
Cessnock Cessnock Cenotaph TAFE Park, post WW2 Memorial Veterans Park, Cessnock 11.30am F-35A Lightning II
The Entrance Cenotaph, Memorial Park, Marine Parade, The Entrance 11.35am F-35A Lightning II
Ourimbah Ourimbah Public School, Pacific Highway, Ourimbah 11.40am F-35A Lightning II
Empire Bay War Memorial Sorrento Road, Empire Bay 11.50am F-35A Lightning II
Kyogle Summerland Way (main street) Kyogle 10.21am F/A-18F Super Hornet
Woodenbong Unumgar Street, Woodenbong 10.27am F/A-18F Super Hornet
Deepwater New England Highway, Deepwater 10.47am F/A-18F Super Hornet
Emmaville Emmaville 10.51am F/A-18F Super Hornet
Glen Innes Glen Innes & District Services Club, Grey Street, Glen Innes 10.56am F/A-18F Super Hornet
Guyra Soliders Memorial Hall, Bradley Street, Guyra 11.04am F/A-18F Super Hornet
Tenterfield RSL Pavilion, Molesworth Street, Tenterfield 11.20am F/A-18F Super Hornet
Tabulam Clarence Street, Tabulam 11.27am F/A-18F Super Hornet
Woodburn Riverside Park, River Street, Woodburn 1027am F/A-18F Super Hornet
Evans Head Evans Head 10.30am F/A-18F Super Hornet
Grafton Memorial Park, Prince Street, Grafton 10.41am F/A-18F Super Hornet
South Grafton Skinner Street and Through Street, South Grafton 10.42am F/A-18F Super Hornet
Ulmarra Memorial Park, Coldstream Road, Ulmarra 10.44am F/A-18F Super Hornet
Maclean River Street and Wharf Street, Mclean 10.48am F/A-18F Super Hornet
Yamba Queen Street and Marine Parade, Yamba 10.51am F/A-18F Super Hornet
Iluka Charles and Micalo Streets, Iluka 10.52am F/A-18F Super Hornet
Ballina Ballina RSL Memorial Park, Grant Street, Ballina 11.00am F/A-18F Super Hornet
Wallendbeen Wallendbeen 9.16am No. 100 Squadron heritage aircraft
Cootamundra 9.20am No. 100 Squadron heritage aircraft
Temora 11.00am No. 100 Squadron heritage aircraft
Lockhart 11.19am No. 100 Squadron heritage aircraft
Finley 11.38am No. 100 Squadron heritage aircraft
Oaklands 11.48am No. 100 Squadron heritage aircraft
Uranquinty Wirraway Park, Uranquinty 09.00am No. 100 Squadron heritage aircraft
Wagga Wagga Victory Memorial Gardens, Baylis Street, Wagga Wagga 10.35am No. 100 Squadron heritage aircraft
The Rock 10.45am No. 100 Squadron heritage aircraft
Coolamon Cowabbie Street, Coolamon 10.59am No. 100 Squadron heritage aircraft
Ganmain Ganmain Memorial Bowling Club, Waterview Street, Ganmain 11.04am No. 100 Squadron heritage aircraft
Griffith Memorial Park, Banna Avenue, Griffith 12.00 – 12.10pm No. 100 Squadron heritage aircraft
Ardlethan 11.53am No. 100 Squadron heritage aircraft
Port Macquarie Port Macquarie RSL SB 11:00am E-7A Wedgetail
Harrington Harrington-Crowdy Head RSL Sub Branch 11.45am E-7A Wedgetail
Old Bar Old Bar Beach RSL Sub Branch 12.20pm E-7A Wedgetail
Rathmines Ex-RAAF Base Rathmines Memorial, Stilling Street, Rathmines 1.20pm E-7A Wedgetail

Queensland

TOWN/CITY LOCATION TIMING AIRCRAFT
Townsville The Strand, Townsville 9.00am C-27J Spartan
Kalbar Kalbar War Monument, Engelsburg Memorial Park, Edward Street, Kalbar 9.54am F/A-18F Super Hornet
Brisbane Brisbane CBD 10.05am F/A-18F Super Hornet
Stanthorpe Stanthorpe 10.37am F/A-18F Super Hornet
Palm Beach Currumbin Palm Beach RSL Cenotaph, Duringan Street, Currumbin 11.11am F/A-18F Super Hornet
Tweed Heads Chris Cunningham Park, ADJ to Twin Towns Services Club 11.13am F/A-18F Super Hornet
Brisbane Brisbane CBD 11.30am F/A-18F Super Hornet
Springbrook Cenotaph at Centenary Park, Carricks Road, Springbrook 11.40am F/A-18F Super Hornet

Victoria

TOWN/CITY LOCATION TIMING AIRCRAFT
Templestowe Templestowe Remembrance Gardens, corner Foote St and High Street, Lower Templestowe 9.40am PC-21
Melbourne CBD Shrine of Remembrance, Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne 10.56am PC-21
Montmorency Petrie Park, 16 Mountain View Road, Montmorency 10.47am PC-21
Inverloch Civil Hub, A’Beckett Street, Inverloch 10.34am PC-21
Korumburra Coleman Park, Queen Street, Korumburra 10.30am PC-21
Portarlington Portarlington Cenotaph, Pier Street, Portarlington 11.01am PC-21
Crib Point 10.42am PC-21
Flinders 10.45am PC-21
Rosebud 10.48am PC-21
Drysdale 11.00am PC-21
Berwick 11.20am PC-21
Phillip Island 11.28am PC-21
Bentleigh 11.00am PC-21
Upwey 11.03am PC-21

WA

TOWN/CITY LOCATION TIMING AIRCRAFT
Wanneroo Wanneroo War Memorial 12.00pm PC-21
Rockingham Corner Flinders Land and Kent Street, Rockingham 12.30pm PC-21
Mt Hawthorn Axford Park, corner Osford Street and Scarborough Beach Road 11.50am PC-21
Victoria Plains ANZAC Memorial, Victoria Plains 12.00pm PC-21
Yanchep Yanchep National Park 12.25pm PC-21
Mt Barker War Memorial, Centenary Park, Mt Barker 10.55am PC-21
Walpole Walpole Memorial, corner Pier Street and Latham Avenue, Walpole 11.10am PC-21
Albany Albany War Memorial 11.30am PC-21
Lancelin Memorial, Gingin Road, Lancelin 12.15pm PC-21
Busselton Busselton War Memorial, Albert Street, Busselton 10.00am PC-21
Kwinana and Medina Medina War Memorial, Pace Road, Medina 11.10am PC-21
Geraldton Birdwood House, corner Chapman Rd and Forrest Street, Geraldton 11.05am PC-21
Dwellingup Dwellingup Memorial Park, Dwellingup 10.30am PC-21
Toodyay Anzac Park, Anzac Avenue, Toodyay 11.25am PC-21
Bakers Hill Hooper Park, Great Eastern Highway, Bakers Hill 11.20am PC-21
Waroona-Hamel Waroona Memorial, South Western Highway, Waroona 10.35am PC-21
Northampton 239 Hampton Road, Northampton 11.15am PC-21
Mandurah Mandurah War Memorial, 11 Leighton Pl, Halls Head 11.00am PC-21
Boyup Brook Sandakan Park, Abel Street, Boyup Brook 11.55am PC-21
Jurien Bay Jurien Bay War Memorial, Jurien Bay 11.45am PC-21

SA

TOWN/CITY LOCATION TIMING AIRCRAFT
Edithburgh Edithburgh Memorial, Main Street, Edithburgh 09.00am P-8A Poseidon
Adelaide CBD King William Street, Adelaide 10.30am P-8A Poseidon

NT

TOWN/CITY LOCATION TIMING AIRCRAFT
Timber Creek Nackeroo Monument Timber Creek 8.00am F-35A
Dundee Beach Dundee Beach Cenotaph (Old Boat Ramp) 8.30am F-35A
Wagait Wagait Tower Road, Wagait 8.35am F-35A
Darwin Esplanade, Darwin City 9.00am F-35A
Palmerston Palmerston War Memorial Park, Palmerston 9.02am F-35A
Adelaide River and Coomalie Adelaide River War Cemetery, Memorial Terrace, Adelaide River 9.10am F-35A
Katherine Katherine Cenotaph, Railway Terrace, Katherine 09.15am F-35A
Kalkarindji Kalkarindji, Butine Highway 09.45am F-35A
Elliott Elliott Memorial Park, Elliott 10.30am F-35A
Katherine Katherine Country Club 40 Pearce Street, Katherine 11.00am F-35A

Tasmania

LOCATION TIME AIRCRAFT
Bicheno 08.30-09.30 am KA 350 King Air
Hobart 10.00am-12.30 pm KA 350 King Air
Westbury 10.40-11.30 am KA 350 King Air
Queenstown 11.00am-12.00 pm KA 350 King Air

ACT

A C-130J Hercules will fly over Anzac Parade at 9.35am.

HARS

The Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) is also putting on a flypast over seven locations across the NSW South Coast, Illawarra, and Sydney. The aircraft on the schedule include an Orion, Mustang, Harvard, and Huey Helicopter, which will fly over the South Coast from Kiama, Kangaroo Valley and Wollongong, while a Tracker, Dakota, and Caribou will fly past Cronulla, Coogee and Sydney City. First, all seven aircraft will overfly the HARS Aviation Museum at Shellharbour in a long line astern sequence, led by the Orion at 8:10am. The display will include two passes before the aircraft return to the airport. Full details can be found here.

Comment (1)

  • phodge

    says:

    Oh good! So Sydneysiders will have had an eyeful of wasteful Oz defence spending …and on Anzac Day too! All the more wasteful because they’re not evem “C”s ie cannot operate from Oz heli carriers.

    Oz does not need expensive fighter planes anymore than it needs nuclear subs!

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