RAAF Base Richmond

The Royal Australian Air Force's RAAF Base Richmond is 50kms north-west of Sydney. Best known as home to our C-130 Hercules medium transport aircraft, a number of units call Richmond home:

  • No 453 Squadron Flight Richmond - Air Base Air Traffic Services
  • No 37 Squadron - Hercules medium transport
  • No 22 (City of Sydney) Squadron - Airbase Operations
  • No 87 Squadron Air Mobility Tactical Intelligence Flight
  • No 285 Squadron - Air Mobility Group flight simulator and technical training
  • No 3 Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron
  • No 1 Security Force Squadron Detachment Richmond
  • Air Movements Training and Development Unit - aerial delivery development, training and certification.
  • Air Lift Systems Program Office (Defence Material Organisation medium airlift sustainment)
  • No 176 Air Dispatch Squadron (Army air dispatching)


RAAF Base Richmond was the first Air Force base to be established in New South Wales and the second within Australia. In 1925 the first Air Force element in New South Wales, No 3 Squadron, was formed at Richmond.

From 1923 to 1936, RAAF Base Richmond was also used as a supplementary airport for Sydney, with Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith landing the Southern Cross here after his trans-Pacific flight in 1928, and Miss Jean Batten landing after her solo flight from England in 1935.

At the outbreak of World War 2, Nos 3, 6, 9 and 22 Squadrons were based at Richmond, together with No. 2 Aircraft Depot. No. 8 Squadron formed on 11 September 1939 and No. 11 Squadron two weeks later.

During World War 2, Richmond developed into a base of major importance to Australia's defence, and has since evolved from a combat centre to become the home of Air Mobility Group. As such, the base is now the hub of logistics support for the Australian Defence Force.

When flying, Air Force pilots and crews operate the aircraft in a way that minimises aircraft noise. Air Force has an honest and open approach about the noise experienced by residents living near our bases and training areas. Detailed information about aircraft noise, including Australian Noise Exposure Forecast (ANEF) maps, is available at the Defence Aircraft Noise website or contact 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 362).

To view major training exercises and flying activities see www.airforce.gov.au/flyingoperations