C-17A Globemaster III aircraft formation training flight along the southern Queensland/northern New South Wales coast

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Up to three C-17A Globemaster III aircraft will conduct a formation training flight along the southern Queensland/northern New South Wales coast and return to Ipswich on 14 December.

The aircraft will fly about 300 feet above the coastline and travelling at a speed of approximately 300 knots before returning to medium flight levels for the over land portions of the flight.

The C-17A Globemaster III provides the Air Force with an unprecedented capacity for strategic airlift. It allows Australia to rapidly deploy troops, supplies, combat vehicles, heavy equipment and helicopters anywhere in the world.

Based at RAAF Base Amberley, all eight C-17As are operated by 36SQN, and provide a logistics backbone for Australian Defence Force operations overseas. This has included operations in the Middle East, Afghanistan and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief.

Air Force appreciates the support it receives from local communities while conducting flying activities within Queensland and New South Wales.

Please note that this display is subject to variables including weather, air traffic control and availability; and may be subject to cancellation or delay.


Friday, 14 December 2018


Ipswich (CBD and western suburbs) – 09.05am and 10.05am

Gold Coast (Coastal) – 9.38am

South and North Stradbroke Island (Eastern shoreline) – 9.42am

Byron Bay Town (Coastal) – 10.35am


The C-17 Globemaster will fly from RAAF Base Amberley to Brisbane and along the coastline as shown above, returning to RAAF Base Amberley.


Imagery of the C-17A Globemaster III aircraft can be found on the Defence Image Gallery

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)