Up to three Air Force C-130J Hercules transport aircraft will conduct a flypast of Cabramatta on 14 August, as part of a Victory in the Pacific commemorative service being held at CabraVale Memorial Park.
The aircraft will approach from the East, flying at a minimum altitude of 150 metres above ground level. Prior to the flypast, the aircraft will remain to the north east of Cabramatta at an altitude of 600 metres.
Please note that this flypast is subject to variables including air traffic control requirements, weather, and operational availability; as such, this flypast may be subject to cancellation at short notice.
The flypast is an opportunity for Defence to showcase its thanks to retired service personnel and the wider Australian public, remembering those who have paid the ultimate price in the service to our nation.
Victory in the Pacific Day commemorates the end of hostilities in the Pacific Theatre of World War Two in August 1945.
The Hercules conducting the flypast are from No. 37 Squadron at RAAF Base Richmond in Sydney’s northwest. In July, No. 37 Squadron celebrated the 75 th anniversary of its establishment with a reunion, family day, and flypast of Sydney.
The Air Force has operated different models of Hercules since 1958. Each Hercules is powered by four turboprop engines and can accommodate more than 100 passengers, or up to 20 tonnes of cargo.
It can airdrop vehicles, supplies and paratroops by parachute or alternatively fly aero-medical evacuation missions or wounded or sick patients. The RAAF has a fleet of 12 Hercules, including a detachment of two aircraft deployed in the Middle East Region, supporting Australian Defence Force throughout the theatre.