Last flight of the Classic Hornet

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** UPDATE: Due to weather conditions the aircraft did not land at RAAF Base Williamtown today. Its arrival at Williamtown is being re-scheduled and is yet to be confirmed. **
 
The last F/A-18A/B Classic Hornet aircraft from Number 75 Squadron will conduct a 3000km solo flight from RAAF Base Tindal to RAAF Base Williamtown today (Friday 3 December).  The aircraft is expected to land between 2pm and 4pm.
 
Date:              Friday 3 December 2021
 
Time:             Between 2 - 4pm
 
After nearly 408,000 fleet total flying hours, and more than 35 years of service, the last Number 75 Squadron Classic Hornet aircraft will land at RAAF Base Williamtown this afternoon.
 
The Commanding Officer of No. 75 SQN Wing Commander Leon Cossins, will conduct the last flight.
 
Planned to be part of the eight aircraft transit on Tuesday, 30 November, jet A21-117 – the Commanding Officer’s assigned jet on the day - experienced technical issues on last minute checks and could not launch with the other seven aircraft.
 
All flying activity is subject to variables including air traffic control requirements, weather, and operational availability; and may be subject to cancellation at short notice.
 
Noise management and environmental impact are vital considerations in the planning and conduct of military flying.
 
Imagery of the Classic Hornet can be found on the Defence Image Gallery.

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