The ADF has announced here that a RAAF “C-130J Hercules will conduct a flyover of the nation’s capital as the Olympic Torch conducts its journey through Canberra.”
“The aircraft will fly above Anzac Parade from south to north no lower than 75 metres.”
“The flyover will occur at approximately 10.20am on Thursday, 24 April 2008.”
The media release goes on to state that the RAAF’s Hurcs are based in Richmond but anyone who has been out to Canberra Airport in the last week will have seen one sitting on the tarmac out there.
Why a Hurc and not one of the flasher military aircraft? Actually why a military aircraft at all? Isn’t the torch relay supposed to be about peace, harmony, sport, etc?