A C-17A Globemaster III transport aircraft will conduct airdrop training to drop zones around RAAF Base Richmond over the period of 17-21 August 2020.
The aircraft will use drop zones at Rickaby’s Creek (immediately north of RAAF Base Richmond) and Londonderry (approximately five kilometres south west of RAAF Base Richmond).
This flying activity will occur between 8am and 6pm.
During these missions, the aircraft will be operating down to an altitude of 250 metres, and flying in the vicinity of Windsor and South Windsor, Riverstone, Freemans Reach, Glossodia, Londonderry, Richmond, North Richmond, and Penrith.
RAAF Base Richmond is home to the Australian Army’s 176 Air Dispatch Squadron, which provides support to Air Force squadrons when they conduct airdrop missions.
The airdrop training at RAAF Base Richmond allows the Australian Defence Force to conduct airdrop further abroad to sustain operations in challenging environments.
This capability has been used in operations ranging from delivering supplies to Australian scientists in Antarctica through to Humanitarian Assistance.
Please note that all flying is subject to change due to weather and other aviation considerations.
Noise reduction and the environment are vital considerations in the planning and conduct of military activity, and Air Force appreciates the ongoing support of local communities during these training activities.