RAAF and USAF C-17A Globemasters to conduct low level flying over Whitsundays and Sydney basin

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Two Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and one United States Air Force (USAF) C-17A Globemaster III aircraft will conduct low-level formation flying between 5 – 8 November over the Whitsundays, Fraser Island and Sydney. 

The aircraft will descend to an altitude of 100m periodically and conduct simulated and actual airdrops of equipment, away from built-up areas, as part of Exercise Global Dexterity – an annual training exercise with the USAF to improve C-17 interoperability.

On Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 November the aircraft will transit at high altitude from RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland, commencing low level navigation and tactical formation manoeuvres in the vicinity of Pinnacle Point (Whitsundays) from 1.30pm local time, then over Silversmith Island, Sandy Cope, South of Fraser Island, Rainbow Beach, Noosa and the Sunshine Coast Airport, before transiting back to Amberley after 3.00pm.

Then on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 November the aircraft will again high transit at high altitude from Amberley, commencing low level formations in the vicinity of Richmond, New South Wales from 2.00pm local time, then over Katoomba, Warragamba Dam, Kiama, Wollongong, Cronulla, Sydney Heads, Manly, Long Reef and Barrenjoey, before again transiting back to Amberley after 3.00pm.

Please note, flying operations are subject to change and the above timings can be impacted.

Information on aircraft noise and current flying activities is available at http://www.defence.gov.au/aircraftnoise, or by calling 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 362)