Saturday, 25 June 2022

Exercise Diamond Storm; Amberley Air Force

To celebrate the end of Exercise Diamond Storm, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) conducted an early morning flying activity at RAAF Amberley. Getting a heads up from a friend of mine yesterday, I left home at 5.40am arriving out there at 6.20am. While I was waiting I saw a Malaysia A350 overflying Brisbane enroute from Kuala Lumpur to Auckland, I also noticed a Hot Air Balloon.

F/A-18F Super Hornet's and EA-18G Growler fighter jets conducted the early morning flying activity. The participating aircraft flew into RAAF Base Townsville from RAAF Base Darwin yesterday (Friday 24th June.)

As a part of the ‘Dawn Strike’ - the culminating exercise following the successful completion of the Air Warfare Instructors Course (AWIC) and ‘Diamond’ series of exercises - up to 18 aircraft departed RAAF Base Townsville around 5.55am. At 8am 4 Boeing F/A -18 Super Hornets departed Amberley and went out to meet the returning group.

All aircraft then arrived at RAAF Base Amberley between 8.50am and 9.10am, performing a low level fly by before returning to land..

RAAF Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet A44-221

RAAF Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet A44-219

RAAF Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet A44-206

RAAF Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet A44-220

RAAF Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet A44-212

RAAF Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet A44-202

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