Up to 12 Hawk 127 Lead-In-Fighter aircraft from No. 76 Squadron will conduct a number of flypasts and an aerobatic display to mark the graduation ceremony for No. 59/60 Introductory Fighter Course on Friday, 14 December.
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 component focuses predominantly on advanced Air-to-Air and Air-to-Surface Tactical Training.
Friday’s display will involve up to 12 Hawk 127 Lead-In-Fighter aircraft. Beginning about 11.35 am, the display will consist of four Hawks conducting a formation flying display with one aircraft breaking away to perform a solo low level aerobatic demonstration. This will be followed by up to eight Hawks conducting a close-formation flypast.
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 Aircraft Noise Map website to receive updates on Hornet/Hawk aircraft flying activities.
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