A Royal Australian Airforce plane

RAAF flypast

Keep your eyes on the sky this Saturday to catch a glimpse of an RAAF aircraft as part of commemorations for the anniversary of the Victory in the Pacific.

The RSL South Eastern District, based in the Limbless Soldiers’ Building on Oxlade Drive, will be holding an invitation-only service to recognise the anniversary of the Victory in the Pacific on August 15, 1945.

In addition to the service, a Royal Australian Airforce (RAAF) flypast of a C-17A Globemaster III (pictured) is planned for 10:10am August 12; weather and operational requirements permitting.

The aircraft can be best viewed from New Farm Park as the flypast passes above Oxlade Drive and returns to RAAF Amberley.

A Royal Australian Airforce plane

The RAAF said the C-17A Globemaster III provides the logistics backbone for the Australian Defence Force and allows Australia to rapidly deploy troops, supplies, combat vehicles, heavy equipment and helicopters anywhere in the world.

These aircrafts have recently been used by the Australian Defence Force to transport Bushmaster protected mobility vehicles gifted to the Government of Ukraine.

The flypast will occur at a speed of 160 knots (or 300km/h) and a height of approximately 90 m above the ground, flown by an experienced crew of two RAAF pilots and one loadmaster.

The crew will conduct the flypast in landing configuration, and onlookers can expect to see the landing gear on display.

The C-17 weighs about 130,000kg and has a wingspan of 52 metres.


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