Air Force 100
In honour of the retirement of the F/A-18A and F/A-18B Classic Hornets, scroll through Australian Aviation's photo gallery of what was the backbone of the RAAF for over 35 years.
The F-35 is the future of the RAAF: a swiss army knife aircraft that defines itself as a fighter but can take on almost any mission conceivable.
Loyal Wingman uses AI to fly alongside both manned and unmanned aircraft in mid-air and is the first military aircraft to be designed, engineered and manufactured in Australia in more than 50 years.
The all-metal, single-seat fighter with its iconic elliptical wing became a symbol of the UK's defiance during the Battle of Britain – and a hugely important part of the RAAF's WWII fleet.
RAAF’s command centres in the sky can communicate with up to 80 aircraft, ground and sea units over an eye-popping distance of 4 million square kilometres during a single mission.
The iconic Bell UH-1B was a coming-of-age moment for military helicopters and gave RAAF real rotor power when it was first introduced to No. 9 Squadron in 1962.
RAAF's new fleet of Poseidons excel at anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and search and rescue.
The superpowered EA-18G Growler can shutdown enemy defences if it senses they’re onto it or proactively jam them anyway using its radar, making it one of the most advanced aircraft ever made.
The turboprop Pilatus PC-21 is arguably the first trainer that schools can use to skill up Topguns from start to finish, and provides a gateway to fifth-generation aircraft.
Long-range bombing, reconnaissance, air-sea rescue: the quiet Hudson's can-do attitude made it an invaluable team-player for RAAF during WWII.
Australia's Orions were some of the first international aircraft on the scene to look for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, and have clocked up more than 50 years of service for the RAAF.
The Canberra set a world altitude record of 70,310ft in 1957 and its range rivalled the best, while its ability to evade the early jet interceptors made it a famous export.
The P-51 Mustang's engine upgrade to a Rolls-Royce Merlin allowed it to totally dominate the German Me 109 and Fw109 during WWII.
Referred to as ‘parrots’ due to its green and yellow livery, the aircraft served as the basic training aircraft for No 1 Flying Training School out of Point Cook until it retired from service in 1992.
The CAC Boomerang answered Australia's SOS for a fighter in the face of the threat from Japan, and its quick production turnaround time still stands as one of Australia's greatest military achievements.
The Australian designed and built trainer was introduced back in 1948 to replace the Tiger Moth, but continued to serve the RAAF in various roles until 1994.
The F/A-18F Super Hornet maybe the semi-successor to Classic Hornet, but its more powerful engines and ability to carry modern weapons make it far more adept at air combat.
The C-17A Globemaster III's flexibility comes from its savvy design that allows it to both accommodate huge payloads and land on short runways.
British planemaker Gloster Aircraft Company came into its own shortly after World War II with its globe-conquering Meteor.
The aircraft is known as one of the world’s most successful jet trainers with more than 1,000 ordered and delivered to 18 countries.
The aircraft is a substantially modified military derivative of the Airbus A330-200 airliner, which can carry a fuel load of more than 100 tonnes.
Australian Aviation opens its archive to show pictures of RAAF's trusty fleet of Beechcraft King Airs, which are used for both training and surveillance missions.
How General Dynamics’ F-111 revolutionised RAAF's capability after it finally replaced the venerable Canberra bomber in the mid-’70s.
How Australia built the definitive version of the US Air Force's F-86 Sabre, which went on to became the first aircraft to break the sound barrier in this country.
How No. 35 Squadron's C-27J Spartans have tried to live up to the legendary fleet of Caribous that they replaced.
Powered by a single de Havilland Goblin engine, the de Havilland DH-115 Vampire was considered experimental in its time, due to its use of just one, powerful engine.
The single-engine, low-wing tandem-seat turboprop has trained thousands of aircrew across the Australian Army, Navy and Air Force over three decades.
How the Dassault Mirage overcame a tricky start to become RAAF’s first fighter capable of flying at twice the speed of sound, and its longest-serving, too.
The unassuming Caribou's ability to land on rough dirt runways near the battlefield made it a favourite of the RAAF when troops were in trouble and reinforcements needed.
Why the C-130 Hercules, in service for more than 60 years, deserves to be considered one of the all-time great military aircraft.