Bombing of Katherine 80th Anniversary commemoration flypast

A single F-35A Lightning II aircraft from No. 75 Squadron will conduct a flypast over the Katherine Museum to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the Bombing of Katherine.

On 22 March 1942 during the Second Wold War, Katherine was attacked by the Japanese Navy, marking the southernmost point of the bombing raid on the Northern Territory. The Japanese targeted the Katherine airfield, dropping most of their bombs in and around the site, where the Katherine Museum is located today.

All low level flying activities are conducted within strict safety and operational guidelines.

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

Further information about the F-35A Lightning II can be found at on our Technology page.

Imagery of the F-35A Lightning II is available on the Defence Image Gallery.

Flying schedule

  • The F-35A Lightning II aircraft will approach from the west and pass over the Katherine Museum at approximately 80 metres above the ground and up to 850 kilometres per hours, before returning to RAAF Base Tindal.
  • Flying is subject to change due to variables such as air traffic control requirements, weather, and other aviation considerations.