Australia — Globemaster to overfly Whyalla for training flights

Res­i­dents of Whyal­la may catch sight of Air Force’s biggest trans­port air­craft in their skies over the course of this week.

A C-17A Globe­mas­ter will con­duct a series of flights over Defence train­ing areas in South Aus­tralia. On July 28–29, some of these flights may bring it over the Whyal­la town­ship at an alti­tude between 300 and 600 metres above ground lev­el.

It is antic­i­pat­ed that these flights will occur around 4pm on each day.

These flights are part of the Roy­al Aus­tralian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) devel­op­ment pro­gramme for the C-17A, and will make the C-17A an even more effec­tive air­craft for Air Force when being used on oper­a­tions.

The C-17A will be con­duct­ing its flights from RAAF Base Edin­burgh, how­ev­er the air­craft is nor­mal­ly based at RAAF Base Amber­ley, west of Bris­bane.

The Roy­al Aus­tralian Air Force has four C-17A Globe­mas­ter air­craft, the first of which was deliv­ered in Decem­ber 2006. Each air­craft can trans­port up to 70 tonnes of car­go which can include heli­copters and vehi­cles. The air­craft is capa­ble of land­ing on semi-pre­pared airstrips.

The C-17A has seen ser­vice on oper­a­tions over­seas, includ­ing fly­ing human­i­tar­i­an aid to Samoa, Indone­sia, and Bur­ma, as well as trans­port­ing troops and sup­plies through the Mid­dle East Area of Oper­a­tions.

Media Con­tact
Allan Cole (08) 8305 6427 or 0417 887 040
Defence Media (02) 612719999 or 0408 498 664

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Aus­tralia

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