Classic Hornets return to RAAF Base Williamtown for the last time

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Following yesterday’s formal farewell event, today up to eight F/A-18A/B Classic Hornet aircraft from No. 75 Squadron will fly down Worimi Conservation Lands and Newcastle beaches, landing at RAAF Base Williamtown at around 3.30pm.
Date:              Tuesday 30 November 2021
Time:             Approximately 3.30pm
Location:      Beaches and Headlands between Birubi Point, Anna Bay and Bar Beach just south of Newcastle
After nearly 408,000 flying hours, and more than 30 years of service, Classic Hornet aircraft will land at RAAF Base Williamtown for the last time.
In a show of thanks to the local Hunter community for their support, the aircraft will conduct a low-level coastal flight along the Worimi Conservation Lands to Newcastle foreshore and Strezlecki Lookout, before landing at the base.
The eight aircraft have transited from RAAF Base Tindal in the Northern Territory. In strict adherence to COVID-19 regulations, all aircrew will return to RAAF Base Tindal immediately upon landing at the base.
Flying activity is subject change, including short notice cancellation, due to variables including air traffic control requirements, weather, and other aviation considerations.
Noise reduction and the environment are vital considerations in the planning and conduct of military flying.

More details regarding the Classic Hornet’s service is available on the Defence website
Imagery of the F/A-18A/B Classic Hornet is available on the Defence Image Gallery.
Imagery of the flight will become available on the Defence Image Gallery.
Further information regarding the F/A-18A/B can be found on our Technology page and the F-35A information can be found here.

Information on aircraft noise and current flying activities is available at, or by calling 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 362)

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