24 November 2020

Eyes in the sky as RAAF jets set to fly over Russell

| Michael Weaver
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An F-35A Lightning II

An F-35A Lightning II aircraft from No 3 Squadron. Photos: Defence.

Keep your eyes on the sky this morning as two F-35A Lightning II jets fly over Russell offices between 10:30 am and 10:45 am at a height no lower than 150 metres.

The two military aircraft will approach from the south and head over Russell at a speed of between 650 and 850 km/h.

The flypast is part of a ceremony to mark the change of command of the ADF’s Joint Capabilities Group from Air Marshal Warren McDonald to Vice Admiral Jonathan Mead.

In June, Air Marshal McDonald was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service in responsible positions as Deputy Chief of Air Force and Chief of Joint Capabilities, while Vice Admiral Mead was advanced to Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of his “distinguished service to the Royal Australian Navy in senior management and command roles”.

The flypast is in recognition of RADM Jonathan Mead taking command of the Joint Capabilities Group.

The Air Force now has 30 F-35A Lightning II aircraft in Australia of the planned 72-strong fleet. The aircraft are based at No 3 Squadron at RAAF Base Williamtown, north of Newcastle.

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Went over Evatt, low and loud!

Capital Retro11:14 am 24 Nov 20

It would be nice to see some of air force planes over Tuggeranong some day but thanks for reporting it anyway.

The defence planes, celebrating a defence ceremony, should, instead of flying over Australia Defence HQ, should fly over Greenway to appease one old man in Kambah. Great contribution.

Capital Retro3:23 pm 24 Nov 20

I expect that both my taxes and yours too contribute to the cost of this largesse for the sole gratification of some overpaid Defence poobahs?

And what have you got against old people from Kambah?

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