Up to 10 F-35A Lightning II aircraft will return to RAAF Base Williamtown from Exercise Arnhem Thunder 21 in the early hours of Friday 4 June 2021.
Date: 04 June 2021
Location: RAAF Base Williamtown
Arnhem Thunder is being conducted from RAAF Bases Darwin and Tindal from 17 May to 15 June 2021.
Commander of Air Combat Group, Air Commodore Tim Alsop, said No. 3 Squadron would use the final night-flying sortie as a return-to-base exercise.
“Flying at night from the Northern Territory airspace some 2,500 kilometres to RAAF Base Williamtown is an important component of developing aircrew’s operational skills in the new aircraft,” Air Commodore Alsop said.
“The No. 3 Squadron F-35A aircraft are scheduled to land at RAAF Base Williamtown at approximately 2am on Friday morning, and there is no intention for this to become a regular training event.
“The aircrew will follow the flight paths flown by commercial aircraft and fly a standard instrument approach to land on the duty runway.
“If weather and wind conditions allow, the aircrew will land using the over-water approach to Runway 30 to minimise noise disturbance for local residents,” Air Commodore Alsop said.
Defence has an obligation to reduce the effects of aircraft noise on local communities to the maximum extent possible, while safely achieving its operational and training outcomes.
All flying is subject to change—including short-notice cancellation—due to weather, operational requirements or other aviation circumstances.
Noise reduction and the environment are vital considerations in the planning and conduct of military flying.
Imagery of Exercise Arnhem Thunder 21 can be found here.
F-35A information can be found here.