A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) King Air light transport aircraft will conduct a flypast of Townsville as part of local Australia Day celebrations on January 26.
The flypast will occur at 10.54am, coinciding with a flag raising ceremony at Anzac Park. The aircraft will approach from the north west, and following the flypast, a 21-gun salute will be conducted by 4 Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery.
The flypast will occur no less than 75 metres above ground level. Please note that these flypasts may be subject to delay or cancellation at short notice, and are subject to variables including weather, air traffic control, or operational availability.
Wing Commander Michael Ward, Commanding Officer of No. 38 Squadron at RAAF Base Townsville, said his Squadron would provide the King Air aircraft for the flypast on Australia Day.
“We’re tremendously proud to have this opportunity to showcase the Squadron as part of Townsville’s Australia Day celebrations,” Wing Commander Ward said.
“Much of our flying is conducted away from home, whether it be across Australia or in South East Asia and the South Pacific, so local events such as this are especially unique for us.”
“Regardless of where we are, our personnel and families enjoy great support from within the Townsville community, and we’re happy to show our gratitude to everyone with this flypast.”
This September marks the 75th anniversary of No. 38 Squadron’s formation, with the Unit having provided the Australian Defence Force with air transport across a range of operations including the Second World War and Malayan Emergency, as well as peacekeeping operations in the Solomon Islands and Kashmir.