Residents in the Whitsundays will be able to view a giant of the Air Force fleet on Tuesday, 24 April when a C-17A Globemaster III aircraft is at Proserpine Airport in preparation for Anzac Day.
No.36 Squadron will deploy to the Whitsunday region for the 2018 Anzac Day parade. Based at RAAF Base Amberley, west of Brisbane, it has been invited in recognition of the building relationship between the town and the squadron.
No 36 Squadron operates eight C-17A Globemaster aircraft and regularly use regional and local airfields to practise flying in different airspace and different runways. Proserpine is a valued training location for the squadron as it is one of few airfields that can support C-17A operations in an uncontrolled airspace environment.
The Globemaster aircraft is capable of carrying up to 77 tonnes of cargo, 102 paratroopers or a CH-47F Chinook helicopter.
Individuals and families interested in visiting the C-17A aircraft will be invited to arrive at the airport between 3pm and 4.30pm on Tuesday, 24 April. Access to the aircraft will be via Gate 5 of the main road.
Approximately 150 personnel from 36 Squadron will be accompanying the annual march in Airlie Beach in support of the RSL and veteran groups.
More information about the C-17A can be found at https://www.airforce.gov.au/technology/aircraft/air-mobility/c-17a-globemaster-iii.