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Super Hornet on show

IMPRESSIVE: Visitors to the RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre will be able to get up close and personal with an F/A-18F Super Hornet.
IMPRESSIVE: Visitors to the RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre will be able to get up close and personal with an F/A-18F Super Hornet. David Nielsen

TO COMMEMORATE Number 6 Squadron's 98th anniversary, this Sunday the RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre is proud to present a rare opportunity to inspect one of the world's most potent strike aircraft, the F/A-18F Super Hornet.

Number 6 Squadron was formed in England on June 15, 1917 as part of the Australian Flying Corps.

The aircraft the squadron first flew, such as Sopwith Pup and Sopwith Camel, Avro 504, Bristol Scout D, and Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5 were a far cry from the Super Hornet.

It will be taken straight from operational service before returning to 6 Squadron on Monday. This frontline jet is 20% larger than its classic F/A-18C cousin, and is capable of flying at Mach 1.8 (1.8 times the speed of sound) and carrying a range of bombs and missiles.

The Air Combat Centre will again operate an F/A-18F flight simulator with a simulator ride at $40 for 20 minutes.

Visitors can also see other fast jets include two immaculately restored swing-wing F-111s which were capable of flying at over twice the speed of sound.

Slower, but equally significant, are the French-built Mirage interceptor and the Korean War vintage Sabre fighter.

The Vietnam War era is well-represented by a Canberra bomber, a Caribou Battlefield airlifter and an Army Iroquois "Huey" helicopter which, when it served in Vietnam, was operated by the Royal Australian Air Force.

Other interesting exhibits are the Korean War "Mash" style Bell Sioux helicopter, which was actually assembled at Amberley, the Second World War Douglas Boston bomber that was painstakingly and faithfully restored from wartime wrecks, assorted aviation gas turbine and reciprocating engines, and heritage vehicles including a legendary Second World War Jeep.

And for this Sunday only, the RAAF Amberley Brass Band and The RAAF Amberley Pipes and Drums Band will provide a combined public performance, as well as performing separately.

Due to RAAF security requirements all visitors over the age of 16 must provide photographic identification and have their identification details recorded as a condition of entry.

The RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre is open on the third Sunday of each month.

To get there, turn off the Cunningham Highway to RAAF Amberley near Ipswich and follow the signs. Admission is free and photography is welcomed.

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