Air Force Spartan joins Hawkesbury celebrations for Australia Day

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A flypast by an Air Force C-27J Spartan transport aircraft will form one of the highlights of Australia Day celebrations at Governor Phillip Park in Windsor on January 26.

The Spartan will make two passes at 12.15pm, the first flying at low speed from the south west over the Hawkesbury River. The second pass will see the Spartan fly overhead Governor Philip Park from the south east. 

Both flypasts will occur at an altitude of 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.

Hawkesbury City Council will lead the Australia Day celebrations in Windsor, with Air Force joining a number of local organisations in supporting the event.

Wing Commander Ben Poxon, Commanding Officer of No. 35 Squadron at RAAF Base Richmond, said Air Force was proud to provide the flypast of Windsor.

“We enjoy a tremendous relationship with the Hawkesbury community, and appreciate opportunities to join community at events such as this,” Wing Commander Poxon said.

“We cannot do our job without the support of our local community.”

“Whilst the Spartan might be a familiar sight in Hawkesbury skies, this will be a good opportunity for everyone at Governor Phillip Park to snap a photo of the Spartan as it flies over.”

RAAF Base Richmond is home to the twin-engine C-27J Spartan operated by No. 35 Squadron, and the larger four-engine C-130J Hercules transports flown by No. 37 Squadron.

“The Spartans first arrived at RAAF Base Richmond in mid-2015, and provide Defence with a ‘battlefield airlift’ capability, supporting deployed units on the frontline,” Wing Commander Poxon said. 

“We’re able to carry up to 34 passengers or five tonnes of cargo, and can land on semi-prepared runways or airdrop that cargo.”

“Alternatively, we can be called upon to provide aeromedical evacuation of sick or wounded patients.”

No. 35 Squadron will call RAAF Base Richmond home until early 2019, when No. 35 Squadron will relocate to new facilities at RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland.

Information on aircraft noise and current flying activities is available at http://www.defence.gov.au/aircraftnoise, or by calling 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 362)