A C-27J Spartan transport aircraft will conduct a series of flypasts of RAAF Base Wagga on 28 March 2018, as part of a Graduation Parade for 55 members of No. 1 Recruit Training Unit (1RTU).
The first flypast will occur at 10.38am, and will involve the Spartan approaching the Parade Ground from the North. The second flypast will occur at 10.54am, and will again see the Spartan approach the Parade Ground from the North.
Both flypasts will be at a minimum altitude of 75 metres above ground, and will require the Spartan to remain in a holding position north of RAAF Base Wagga between each run.
These flypasts are subject to variables including weather, air traffic control, and operational availability; and may be subject to cancellation at short notice.
The Parade will be attended by family and friends of the participating members from 1RTU, and will mark the completion of their 12 weeks initial training on joining the Air Force.
The primary function of 1RTU is to prepare recruits, newly enlisted Air Force men and women, for military service. Recruit training involves the transformation of civilians into airmen and airwomen who have basic military knowledge to become effective members of the Air Force team. Following the parade, the graduates will be posted to other training units to commence their individual trade training.
More information about 1RTU is available from https://www.airforce.gov.au/about-us/no-1-recruit-training-unit.
The Spartan is Air Force’s latest transport aircraft, and is intended to operate into landing strips and airfields that are unsuitable for much larger transport aircraft.
The first Spartan arrived in Australia in mid-2015, and is intended to provide Defence with a ‘battlefield airlift’ capability, supporting deployed units on the frontline. The aircraft can carry up to 34 passengers or five tonnes of cargo, and is capable of airdropping cargo by parachute.
Alternatively, the C-27J can provide aeromedical evacuation of sick or wounded patients.
The Spartan is currently operated by No. 35 Squadron from RAAF Base Richmond home, but will relocate to new facilities at RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland in early 2019.
More information about the Spartan is available from https://www.airforce.gov.au/technology/aircraft/air-mobility/c-27j-spartan.