Super Hornets Preparing For Flight To Australia

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Issued by Ministerial Support and Public Affairs, Department of Defence, Canberra, ACT

Phone: 02 6127 1999, Fax: 02 6265 1545

MSPA 056/10

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Super Hornets preparing for flight to Australia

The first group of Air Force’s next-generation Super Hornets will arrive in Australia

later this month, Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Mark Binskin announced today.

The Super Hornets arrival will represent a major leap in Air Force capability.  They

are Australia’s first new air combat aircraft in 25 years.

A detachment of aircrew and maintenance personnel from RAAF’s No. 1 Squadron is

currently at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California, preparing the aircraft for the

series of flights to Australia.

“This is the beginning of a new chapter for Air Force. The Super Hornet is a true

multi-role aircraft that, when flown and supported by RAAF’s high-calibre people,

will ensure Australia’s regional air combat capability edge through to the introduction

of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter,” Air Marshal Binskin said.

“Reaching this stage of the project on time and on budget has been due to a great

partnership between the Royal Australian Air Force, Defence Materiel Organisation,

United States Navy, The Boeing Company and their industry partners, General

Electric, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon.

“The next few weeks will be a very busy time for the Super Hornet aircrew and

maintainers at Lemoore.  The detachment is conducting acceptance flights and ground

tests on each of the aircraft.

“Another key task for the detachment will be working with an air-to-air tanker,

conducting day and night refuelling flights to ensure they are ready for the journey to

Australia,” Air Marshal Binskin said.

Air Force is acquiring 24 Super Hornets which will progressively arrive at their home

base, RAAF Amberley near Ipswich, during 2010 and 2011.

The Super Hornets are an interim replacement for the ageing F-111s.  The F-111s

have served Australia well, but are now approaching the end of their operational life,

and will be retired at the end of this year.

Details of the Super Hornet welcome activities are being finalised and will be

announced closer to the arrival time.

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