Up to two RAAF F-35A Lightning II aircraft will conduct a flypast as part of the ceremony marking the Change of Command of Joint Capabilities Group from Air Marshal Warren McDonald, AO, CSC, to Vice Admiral Johnathan Mead, AO.
TIME AND DATE: Approximately 11:10am Tuesday 24 November
LOCATION: Russell Offices, Canberra ACT
DETAILS: The aircraft will track south-southeast to north-northwest at a speed of 650-850 kilometres per hour and at a height no lower than 150 metres.
The flypast will be a fitting tribute to Air Marshal McDonald, the inaugural Chief of Joint Capabilities, as he hands over his last command in what has been an exemplary 42 years of service.
The F-35A—along with the F/A-18F Super Hornet and the EA-18G Growler—is a key component of Australia’s technologically advanced, lethal and potent air combat capability.
The flypast will also provide a training opportunity for No. 2 Operational Conversion Unit, based at RAAF Base Williamtown NSW, in the planning and execution of precision-timed formation flying.
Please note all flying is subject to change due to weather or other aviation considerations.