F-35A Lightning II aircraft to land at Coffs Harbour

This is part of a series of flying activities adopted in the short term to address restrictions around take-offs and landing for the F-35A Lightning II aircraft while a $115 million works program is underway at RAAF Base Williamtown. 

The $115 million program is for reconstruction and essential maintenance of aircraft pavements, airfield lighting and drainage; including $66 million to strengthen the runway and taxiways to support larger commercial aircraft operations from Newcastle airport as announced by the Government in May 2021. 

F-35A squadrons need to conduct essential air combat training to ensure operational preparedness, currency and proficiency objectives are met.

Coffs Harbour is a diversion airfield for RAAF Base Williamtown fast jet aircraft.  Diversion training is essential for fast jet aircraft to enable pilots to land at different airfields.  The training is designed to help familiarise local air traffic control with F35 operations and safety requirements.

Flying is subject to change, including short notice cancellation, due to variables such as air traffic control requirements, weather, and operational availability.

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.

Air Force appreciates the support from the Coffs Harbour community.

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

Imagery of the F-35A Lightning II I 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 four Royal Australian Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft from RAAF Base Williamtown will land at Coffs Harbour in northern New South Wales.
  • Arrival approximately 07.45am; departure at 10.30am