A Super Hornet based at RAAF Amberley practises low-level flying in and around Mount Mitchell, about an hour’s drive south-west of Amberley.
A Super Hornet based at RAAF Amberley practises low-level flying in and around Mount Mitchell, about an hour’s drive south-west of Amberley.

Hornets geared to sting

IT WAS a busy year for RAAF Base Amberley in 2010 with the arrival of 15 new F/A-18F Super Hornets.

Replacing the ever-popular F-111 jets, which were decommissioned in December, another nine Super Hornets are due to arrive throughout 2011.

Already the base’s No 1 Squadron has reached “initial operational capability” with its 12 Super Hornets, while No 6 Squadron is expected to reach the same status once all 24 arrive.

The status, which was achieved following successful weapons testing in August and September last year, means the jets are ready for battle.

Although only considered an interim aircraft until the arrival of the Joint Strike Fighters, the Super Hornets are expected to grace the sky over Ipswich for many years to come.

The F/A-18F Super Hornet can carry a multitude of weapons and reach a speed of 1960kmh.



Final speeches, parting swipes and tears at council farewell

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It was standing room only at councillors final meeting

Chaos as truck rolls at top of Toowoomba Range

Chaos as truck rolls at top of Toowoomba Range

Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

Help raise money for kids fighting congenital heart disease

Help raise money for kids fighting congenital heart disease

Charity walk will be held on September 9

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