Flying Operations

This website provides general information about significant aircraft movements, flypasts, exercises and training activities.

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Air Force C-17A Globemaster flypasts for Vietnam Veteran Commemorations

  • What:     Flypast of Vietnam Veteran Commemoration services by Air Force C-17A Globemaster III.
  • Where:     Brisbane CBD, Kilkivan, and Maroochydore.
  • When:     Friday, 18 August 2017 AT 11.00am

An Air Force C-17A Globemaster III will conduct a series of flypasts of commemoration services on August 18, remembering those lost and wounded during the Vietnam War.

At 11am, the C-17A will fly over Anzac Square in Brisbane CBD from East to West. It will then travel on to Kilkivan near Gympie, overflying the town’s Park Memorial at 11.30am, flying from East to West.

The C-17A will then move on to Maroochydore and conduct a flypast of the Cotton Tree Cenotaph on The Esplanade at 11.50am, flying over from North to South. All three flypasts will be flown at an altitude of 90 metres or higher above terrain or obstacles.

Please note that the aircraft may be required to remain at low level near these areas prior to each flypast. Each flypast will be subject to variables that include operational availability, weather, and air traffic control; and may be cancelled or delayed.

Vietnam Veterans Day is marked annually in Australia on August 18, coinciding with the anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan in 1966. Australia formally committed military forces to the Vietnam War from 1964 to 1972, and assisted with the evacuation of Saigon in April 1975.

The Globemaster conducting the flypasts on Friday is part of a fleet of eight aircraft operated from RAAF Base Amberley in Brisbane’s west, first introduced in 2006. Powered by four Pratt & Whitney turbofan engines, the C-17A can airlift payloads of more than 70 tonnes, and carry loads such as a single Chinook helicopter.

Globemaster crews remain at the forefront of supporting Australian Defence Force personnel at home and abroad, and are frequently called upon to deliver cargo and specialist personnel for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.

F/A-18A Hornet Flypast for 1RTU Course Graduation

  • What:    F/A-18A Hornet aircraft will conduct two low passes to celebrate 1RTU Graduation
  • When:    Wednesday 16 August 2017 at 11.08am and 11.24am
  • Where:     Royal Australian Air Force Base Wagga

Graduates, their families and friends attending the Number One Recruit Training Unit Parade at Royal Australian Air Force Base Wagga will be treated to two fast jet fly pasts at 11.08am and 11.24am on Wednesday 16 August, 2017.

The passes will be conducted from North to South, at no lower than 250ft (76m) above ground level and will travel at a maximum airspeed of 450 knots (830km/hr) over the Base.

Noise reduction and the environment are vital considerations in the planning and conduct of military flying.

Air Force appreciates the support it receives from the Wagga Wagga communities during this flying activity.

Information on aircraft noise and current flying activities is available at or by calling 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 362) and asking to be connected to RAAF Base Wagga.