New jets set for historic flypast
TWENTY Super Hornet jets will fly together in a group formation over Ipswich this Friday in a fly-past that is likely to never be repeated.
The formation is part of a welcoming ceremony for RAAF Base Amberley's four newest F/A-18F Super Hornets.
When the four new aircraft touch down in Ipswich, they will complete the RAAF's fleet quota of 24 Super Hornets.
The display will start when 16 aircraft depart RAAF Base Amberley between 10am and 10.30am and fly in formation to a point off North Stradbroke Island. After flying down to the Gold Coast and Tweed Heads, the group will then fly out to sea and reform at a point off the Sunshine Coast where it will join with the four new jets.
The 20-strong formation will fly from Noosa Heads down the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane, before flying over Ipswich about 11.24am and RAAF Base Amberley about 11.30am.
During certain points of the flight, the formation will be accompanied up to two Hawk Mk127 lead-in fighters.
The final number of aircraft flying will depend on operational and training tasks for the aircraft.
A Defence Force statement said the mass formation will be not only a historic event which may never be repeated, but also an important training exercise.
The aircraft will fly at about 2000 feet and up to 350 knots with times and locations subject to change dependant on the weather.