A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Hawk 127 Lead-In Fighter aircraft from No. 76 Squadron, based at RAAF Base Williamtown, will conduct an aerial handling display as part of the official program for the Love Sea Food Tastes Port Stephens festival at around 1pm on Sunday, 1 September.
The handling display demonstrates the base’s ongoing connection with Port Stephens, and will be conducted overwater near Nelson Bay, thrilling both festival guests and attendees.
Group Captain Peter Cluff, Senior Officer RAAF Base Williamtown, said Air Force participation in the event provided a great opportunity to give back to the local community.
“The ongoing support of the wider regional community ensures that we can continue to support our mission – for which we are truly grateful”, Group Captain Cluff said.
“Fostering strong community relationships is an important and ongoing goal for RAAF Base Williamtown.
“This year the base has been working closely with the Port Stephen’s Council on a number of initiatives, including the Medowie and Nelson Bay Road upgrades, which are associated with the F-35A Lightning II introduction to RAAF Base Williamtown.
“We are also involved in other development projects in the region and look forward to maintaining this strong local connection for years to come,” he said.
With over 5000 people calling RAAF Base Williamtown their workplace, the base continues to be proud of its place in the community, with Air Force personnel, civilian staff members and their families fully integrated and actively working, studying and making a significant contribution to the local economy.
“RAAF Base Williamtown personnel, staff and families are proactively engaged in sporting, recreational and community service organisations and are proud members of the Port Stephens community,” Group Captain Cluff said.
The Hawk 127 will depart RAAF Base Williamtown and track along the coast, performing an aerial handling display off the coast at D’Albora Marina, Nelson Bay at 1pm, before returning to the base.
All flying is subject to variables such as weather, air traffic control and other aviation considerations.
You can find out more about the Love Sea Food Tastes Port Stephens festival on their website