Air Force Hawk 127 Lead-In fighter hits the skies for Superloop Adelaide 500

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As part of the Australian Defence Force’s support to the 2019 Superloop Adelaide 500, a Hawk 127 lead-in fighter will conduct two aerial handling displays and a flypast above the race circuit, showcasing the aircraft’s impressive capabilities.

The displays are set to include high speed runs at up to 500 knots (900km/h), inverted flying, low passes and a demonstration of the aircraft’s maximum turn performance – all while pilot Squadron Leader Robert Graham experiences forces up to 6G.

The Hawk 127 lead-in fighter prepares qualified Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) pilots for conversion to F/A-18A/B Hornets and F/A-18F Super Hornets. The RAAF Hawk fleet was recently upgraded to provide new training capabilities, including simulated radar, electronic warfare and digital mapping.

DATE:        Saturday 2 March and Sunday 3 March 2019

TIME:         2:45-2:51pm Saturday – aerial handling display

                   3:00-3:06pm Sunday – aerial handling display

                   3:11pm Sunday – SE to NW flypast following the National Anthem

VENUE:     Superloop Adelaide 500

You'll find more information about the all the Australian Defence Force support to the Superloop Adelaide 500 on our event page.

All flying activities are dependent on local weather conditions and operational requirements. Noise reduction and the environment are vital considerations in the planning and conduct of military flying.

Air Force appreciates the support it receives from the community during this flying activity.

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