28 January 2021

UPDATE: RAAF diversion training cancelled

| Albert McKnight
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F-35A Lightning II

An RAAF F-35A Lightning II during an air warfare serial off the coast of NSW. Photo: LSIS Leo Baumgartner.

11:20 am: Air Force has announced that the diversion training, which was planned for 2:00 pm this afternoon (28 January), has been cancelled.

10:20 am: Look to the skies this afternoon (28 January) and you might just spot two stealth fighter jets training over Canberra.

The two Royal Australian Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft will be high above the capital conducting diversion training.

The highly advanced, supersonic stealth fighters are expected to arrive at about 2:00 pm, but the timing is subject to weather and operational availability.

After the jets conduct circuit training within the Canberra Airport area, they will head the north to return to their base at No 3 Squadron, RAAF Base Williamtown near Newcastle.

“Diversion training is an essential part of pilot training on fast jet aircraft to ensure pilots are trained to land at different airfields in all weather conditions,” according to a Department of Defence spokesperson.

“Noise reduction and the environment are vital considerations in the planning and conduct of military activity, and Air Force appreciates the ongoing support of the Canberra community during these training activities.”

Residents are requested not to call Canberra Airport for training times.

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So it was cancelled. Well there was good rain falling around
2 o-clock. Perhaps they’re not water proof.

liberalsocialist6:45 pm 28 Jan 21

Was this all part of the ‘real’ diversion to somewhere else? Or am I giving RAAF instructors a little too much credit?

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