Australien – Exercise High Sierra 2010

Exercise High Sierra conducted from 14 June to 2 July represents the last three weeks of the F/A-18 operational conversion course, which converts fighter pilots from the Hawk Mk127 Lead-in-fighter aircraft to the F/A-18 Hornet.

Exercise High Sierra 2010
Three PC9 Forward Air Control aircraft from No.4 Squadron return to RAAF Base Townsville in formation.
Source: Australian Department of Defence
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Eight pilots from No. 2 Operational Conversion Squadron, part of the RAAF’s Air Combat Group at RAAF Base Williamtown in New South Wales, are put through their paces during the Exercise prior to graduation.

More than 150 Air Force personnel, F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets, PC9 forward air control support aircraft and Mk127 Hawk lead-in fighters will be at RAAF Base Townsville supporting the Exercise.

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