An F/A-18 A/B Hornet will be the star of a visit to Mildura from the No. 2 Operational Conversion Unit (2OCU) from Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown, near Newcastle New South Wales over the weekend of 22-23 June.
The visit will be the last opportunity to showcase the aircraft before the squadron transitions to the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter.
A parade with a contingent of 2OCU and Australian Air Force cadets will march through the city at 12:00pm on Saturday 22 June.
A small open day will be held at the Mildura Airport on Sunday 23 June between 10:30am-2:30pm. Local residents will have the opportunity to view the F/A-18 A/B Hornet and talk to aircrew and other squadron personnel.
Commanding Officer 2OCU, Wing Commander Scott Woodland said participating in community events gives him great satisfaction.
“The open day will be an opportunity for little kids and big kids alike to come down for a last look at these retiring aircraft,” Wing Commander Woodland said.
“Along with 2OCU I am extremely grateful for the ongoing support provided by the wider Sunraysia community."
2OCU has had an enduring association with the Sunraysia community since 1942 when the unit, formerly known as No. 2 Operational Training Unit (2OTU), established a fighter flying school at what is now Mildura Airport.