Exercise Cope North 19  

03/04/2019
Exercise COPE NORTH 19 (CN19) is a Commander Pacific Air Forces sponsored multilateral field training exercise involving the United States Air Force (USAF), Japan Air Self-Defence Force (JASDF), and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).  CN19 involves large force employment Air Combat Exercise with Dissimilar Air Combat Tactics and a…

RAAF F-35s Commence Flight Operations

02/14/2019
F-35A aircraft commenced scheduled flying operations at RAAF Base Williamtown during the last week of January 2019. [maxgallery id="123444"] The two aircraft from No 3 Squadron began a phase of operations designed to verify and validate the jet’s capabilities. These operations will continue for the next two years, in the…

RAAF C-27J in Aussie Disaster Relief

02/14/2019
On 9th February 2019, No. 35 Squadron from RAAF Base Amberley was called in to start supporting the North Queensland flood relief effort from Mount Isa.  Two Royal Australian Air Force C-27J Spartan aircraft and crew worked with the Australian Army's 9th Force Support Battalion to deliver urgent aircraft fuel…

The RAAF Prepares for Its Final Year of Operating the Classic Hornet

01/16/2019
A Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18B Classic Hornet returned to its base at Willimtown in New South Wales with a brand-new paint job. [maxgallery id="122692"] The distinctive design features black on orange tiger stripes along the dorsal spine of the No.2 Operational Conversion Unit (2OCU) aircraft and on the inside…

RAAF F-35

12/24/2018
Personnel from the Australian Embassy in Washington, joined Royal Australian Air Force personnel at Luke Air Force Base to host a ‘Mateship’ event recognising contributions to Australia’s F-35 capability. Royal Australian Air Force pilots and maintenance personnel have partnered with United States Air Force units and Lockheed Martin to prepare…

RAAF and USAF Christmas Drop in the Pacific

12/21/2018
From 05-18 December 2018, the Royal Australian Air Force joined the United States Pacific Air Forces and Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) for Operation Christmas Drop, the Department of Defense’s longest-running humanitarian airlift operation. [maxgallery id="122143"] Launching from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, C-130J Hercules aircraft delivered donated…

F-35 Arrival Ceremony at Williamtown Air Base

12/21/2018
The first two RAAF Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fighters to be based in Australia have been formally welcomed to their home base of RAAF Williamtown December 10, 2018. [maxgallery id="122262"] The two jets, A35-009 and -010 arrived at Williamtown at 10:20am on December 10 from RAAF Amberley Williamtown.  The aircraft…

The RAAF Explains the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter  

11/02/2018
The F-35A Joint Strike Fighter is the most advanced, affordable fifth generation multi-role stealth fighter to meet Australia’s need to defeat emerging threats well into the future.  The F-35A is truly next-generation due to its stealth capability, advanced sensors, data fusion and its ability to share information with other aircraft,…