Up to 12 Hawk 127 Lead-In-Fighter aircraft from No. 76 Squadron and up to two C-130 Hercules aircraft from No. 37 Squadron will conduct a number of flypasts and an aerobatic display to mark the graduation ceremony for Number 57/58 Introductory Fighter Course on Friday, 29 June 2018.
The Introductory Fighter Course prepares trainee Fighter Pilots and Weapon System Operators for the step-up to the RAAF’s operational fighter jet variants, the F/A-18A Hornet, F/A-18F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler.
A significant part of the Introductory Fighter Course is conducted by No. 76 Squadron at RAAF Base Williamtown using the Hawk 127 Lead-In-Fighter aircraft; with the earlier components being conducted by No. 79 Squadron at RAAF Base Pearce. The No. 76 Squadron phase of the course consists of five months’ worth of intensive Air-Air and Air- Surface training.
Friday’s display will involve up to 12 Hawk 127 Lead-In-Fighter aircraft and up to two C- 130 Hercules aircraft. Beginning at approximately 11am, the display will consist of four Hawks conducting a formation flying display with one aircraft breaking away to perform a solo aerobatic demonstration. This will be followed by up to eight Hawks conducting a close-formation flypast. Once the Hawks are on the ground, graduation guests will be treated to a flypast by up to two C-130 Hercules aircraft at approximately 11.30am.
The Hercules aircraft is a tactical air mobility aircraft operated by No. 37 Squadron at RAAF base Richmond, NSW, and is one of twelve aircraft in the Air Force Hercules fleet.
For further information on RAAF Williamtown flying activities, members of the community are encouraged to contact 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 362) and ask to be connected to RAAF Base Williamtown, or log on to the website to receive updates on Hornet/Hawk aircraft flying activities – see link https://aircraftnoisemap.airforce.gov.au/assets/site.html?171#base/1
All flying is subject to change due to weather and operational requirements.