A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) fastjet aircraft will conduct a flypast over Broulee, NSW in support of a service commemorating the life of Air Vice-Marshal (AVM) Fredrick William Barnes (retired) on Tuesday, 14 August.
A single F/A-18A/B Hornet aircraft from No. 2 Operational Conversion Unit, based at RAAF Base Williamtown, will conduct a single flypast over the Broulee Memorial Gardens, Broulee Road, Broulee at approximately 12.35pm.
AVM Fredrick William Barnes served as Deputy Chief of Air Staff in the Royal Australian Air Force from 1979 to 1981. He retired in November of 1981 after a career spanning 38 years.
Throughout his career AVM Barnes earned many honours and awards for his outstanding service to his nation including an Order of Australia (AO), a Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), and an Air Force Cross (AFC) – awarded to Test Pilots serving at Woomera.
During his years of service AVM Barnes flew 36 different aircraft types, starting as a Sergeant Pilot flying Wirraways and taking his final flight in the RAAF in a dual Mirage IIID from Canberra to Williamtown in November 1981 to attend his own retirement function.
AVM Fredrick William Barnes passed away on 4 August 2018 in Dalmeny, New South Wales.
The F/A-18A/B aircraft conducting the flypast will fly at speeds up to 650 kilometres per hour and no lower than 150 meters above ground level.
All flying is subject to change due to weather and operational requirements.