F-35A Lightning II aircraft to deploy to RAAF Base Amberley

The Newcastle airport runway works at 2 Operational Conversion Unit’s home location, RAAF Base Williamtown, are part of the federal government’s $66 million upgrade to international standards. Personnel and aircraft from 2 Operational Conversion Unit will deploy to RAAF Base Amberley for the next few months in order to continue essential training activities.

The aircraft will operate similarly to 82 Wing F/A-18F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft, following the current RAAF Base Amberley departure and approach flight paths.

Noise reduction and the environment are vital considerations in the planning and conduct of military flying. Air Force appreciates the ongoing support of the community.

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

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

For more information, visit the Defence Aircraft Noise website or call 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 362).

Flying schedule

  • Up to 11 Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft from 2 Operational Conversion Unit will continue to deploy to RAAF Base Amberley as a result of a major runway works upgrade for Newcastle Airport, New South Wales.
  • 16th January to 3rd March 2023