Ahead of festivities for Australia Day, a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules transport aircraft will conduct a handling display rehearsal over Sydney Harbour on Wednesday 23 January 2019.
The aircraft will conduct a series of passes and circuits over the Harbour at approximately 7pm (AEDT), and is expected to be in the area for up to 20 minutes. The aircraft will operate down to a minimum altitude of 75 metres, remaining clear of all tall structures.
The crew flying the Hercules is well experienced in conducting handling displays and flypasts for air shows and other public events.
This particular display has been practised in a ground-based simulator, and this rehearsal will ensure the Hercules crew can safely deliver a handling display at 7pm on 26 January 2019.
Generations of RAAF Hercules have been a common sight over Sydney Harbour, having been introduced to service at RAAF Base Richmond in December 1958. They are used to carry Defence personnel, cargo and equipment on Defence operations around the globe.
Our Hercules have also been used extensively for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions, carrying aid including shelters or water purification kits, or loading patients and evacuees from disaster areas.
More information about the Hercules is available from our C-130J Hercules aircraft page.