A pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-17A Globemasters will conduct low-level formation flying training across Queensland and New South Wales on Friday, 7 June.
Departing from RAAF Base Amberley west of Brisbane at 11am, the aircraft will initially fly in the local area. They will then fly at low level to within 500 metres off the coast and in the vicinity of the following communities:
1.45pm - Corindi Beach
2pm – Ballina
2.15pm - Surfers Paradise
The Globemasters will operate down to an altitude of 90m above ground level and remaining 600m laterally clear of any obstacle.
All timings given are approximate, and may be subject to change due to weather, air traffic control, or operational availability.
All efforts will be undertaken to ensure the aircraft remain away from built-up areas.
While Globemaster crews often train using ground-based simulators, the mission on Friday will ensure these personnel are proficient in flying complex missions.
The RAAF operates a fleet of eight C-17A Globemasters, which provides strategic airlift support to the Australian Defence Force. These aircraft are also capable of aerial delivery of cargo and personnel by parachute.
The Globemaster fleet is often used in support of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations, evidenced in 2019 by their support to communities following floods and cyclones in Queensland.