Arrival of New RAAF F35s:December 11, 2019


Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown welcomed the arrival of seven new F-35A Lightning II aircraft to Australia’s fleet on 11 December 2019.

The seven new F-35A Lightning II aircraft have brought the Australian fleet numbers to 13 aircraft.

The aircraft travelled from Luke AFB via Hickham/Anderson Air Force Bases to Australia with tanker support.

The aircraft will be join the current fleet of six F-35A Lightning II already operating out of RAAF Base WLM.

The new aircraft will be flown by 2OCU aircrew. No. 2OCU has just conducted its last Operational Conversion Course in the F/A-18A/B Classic Hornet.

The next OPCON course will be conducted in the F-35A Lightning II aircraft late 2020, early 2021.

Australian Department of Defence

December 12, 2019