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:
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 Lift Group. As such, the base is now the hub of logistics support for the Australian Defence Force.
To view major training exercises and flying activities see www.airforce.gov.au/flyingoperations
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