Super Hornet Flypast

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  • Location: Noosa to Bribie Island, Sunshine Coast Wide 0 Queensland

There will be a mass formation flypast of up to 20 F/A-18F Super Hornets over the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Brisbane and Ipswich, this Friday (21 Oct) as part of the welcoming ceremony for four new Super Hornets.

The arrival of the four new aircraft completes the Australian Super Hornet fleet to 24 aircraft.

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Sixteen aircraft will depart RAAF Base Amberley between 10 am and 10.30 am and will fly in a loose formation to a point off North Stradbroke Island, where they will form up and fly south, crossing the coast at Southport before flying down the Gold Coast to Tweed Heads.

The armada will then fly out to sea and reform at a point off the Sunshine Coast where it will join with the four new Super Hornets.

The formation will fly south from Noosa Heads down the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane where it will then fly over the CBD en route to Ipswich and RAAF Amberley.  It is expected to pass over the base at 11.30am.

The formation will be accompanied at intervals by up to two Hawk Mk127 lead-in fighters.

The final number of aircraft flying will depend on operational and training tasks for the aircraft.

The mass formation flypast of up to 20 aircraft will be not only an historic event which may not be repeated, but an important training exercise for operational planners and aircrew.
Note: The aircraft will fly at approximately 2000 feet (609 mtrs) and up to 350 knots (648 km/h). Times and locations may vary dependant on the weather. The final number of aircraft flying will depend on operational, training and maintenance for the aircraft.
A more detailed itinerary is as follows:
Outward leg including Gold Coast
Up to 16 x F/A-18F Super Hornets
10.00 am          16 x F/A-18F Super Hornets commence their launch from RAAF Amberley.
1018                Springwood
1021                North Stradbroke Island
1023                South Stradbroke Island
1025                Southport
1026                Surfers Paradise
1026                Burleigh Heads
1027                Coolangatta (All times are QLD local times)
1028                Tweed Heads (All times are QLD local times)
Sunshine Coast
Up to 20 x F/A-18F Super Hornets
1104                Noosa Heads
1106                Coolum Beach
1107                Maroochydore
1108                Caloundra
1111                Bribie Island

1113                Redcliffe
1114                Fisherman’s Islands
1115                Manly
1116                Wellington Point
1117                Southern Tip Moreton Island
1119                St Helena Island
Brisbane – Ipswich
Up to 20 x F/A-18F Super Hornets following the Brisbane River
1120                Lytton
1121                Balmoral
                        Kangaroo Point
                        Botanic Gardens/Captain Cook Bridge
1122                Highgate Hill
                        St Lucia
1123                Jindalee
1124                Ipswich

Royal Australian Air Force
Mass formation flypast of up to 20 Super Hornets this Friday 21 October

Australian Government :
Canberra ACT 2600, Australia Wide
02 6277 7111
Australian Government

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Noosa to Bribie Island, Sunshine Coast Wide

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