Up to two F-35A Lightning II aircraft from No. 75 Squadron will conduct a flypast over the Darwin foreshore to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin.
DATE: 19 February 2022
TIME: Approximately 10am (confirmed)
VENUE: Cenotaph, The Esplanade, Darwin City, NT
FLYPAST INFO: The F-35A Lightning II aircraft will approach from the south-east and conduct a pass over the Cenotaph at approximately 80 metres above the ground, and up to 850 kilometres per hour. The aircraft will then conduct a second pass approaching from the north-west, before returning to RAAF Base Tindal.
On 19 February 1942 was the largest single attack ever mounted by a foreign power on Australia. On that day 242 Japanese aircraft, in two separate raids, attacked the town, ships in Darwin’s harbour and the town’s two airfields in an attempt to prevent the Allies from using them as bases to contest the invasion of Timor and Java during WWII.
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