Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Hornets Swarm Today; Get Ready for Amazing Air Show in the Skies over Ipswich

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Hornets Swarm Today; Get Ready for Amazing Air Show in the Skies over Ipswich

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Byline: ZANE JACKSON zane.jackson@qt.com.au

THE last four Super Hornets to be based at RAAF Base Amberley will fly over Ipswich today as part of a 20-strong jet formation.

Ipswich residents will see 16 F/A-18F Super Hornets depart Amberley about 10am before they fly over various south-east Queensland locations from the Sunshine Coast to Tweed Heads.

After they meet the four new jets at the Sunshine Coast, they will return, and Ipswich residents will be able to look to the skies about 11.24am to see all 20 Super Hornets return to base.

But keep your eyes looking out towards the base, because after they land at 11.30am, there will be a solo aerial display over the base.

Defence officials said for the best viewing experience, try to have a vantage point looking towards the RAAF Base.

The formation will be accompanied at intervals by up to two Hawk Mk127 lead-in fighters.

Officials said the large formation flypast would not only be a historic event that may not be repeated, but it served as an important training exercise for operational planners and aircrew. …

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