Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Globemasters Swoop; RAAF Giants Do Low-Level Fly-By Today

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Globemasters Swoop; RAAF Giants Do Low-Level Fly-By Today

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A PAIR of C-17A Globemasters will conduct a tactical formation flight at low level along the Sunshine Coast today.

The aircraft will be just 600 metres apart and 90 metres above the water when they fly over Noosa about 4pm.

Flying just 500 metres off the beach, they will head south past Maroochydore and Caloundra before heading on to Stradbroke Island, the Gold Coast and Tweed Heads.

The flight is a training opportunity for C-17A Globemaster crews based at RAAF Base Amberley's No. 36 Squadron.

Flying Officer Bodie Heyward, a pilot with the squadron, said C-17A crews conducted extensive training in the simulator as well as in the real planes.

"For such a big aircraft, it is surprisingly responsive to inputs and easy to control," he said. "At low level, the pilot needs to think further ahead about what their next action will be, especially if they are in a formation with another aircraft."

The Air Force operates a fleet of seven C-17As at Amberley, with an eighth aircraft due to arrive later this year. …

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