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Mass formation flypast of up to 20 Super Hornets this Friday 21 October by Royal Australian Air Force on Monday, 17 October 2011 at 23:31 There will be a mass ...
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    Rhino (Super Hornet) mass flypast Brisbane/Gold/Sunshine coasts this Friday!

    Mass formation flypast of up to 20 Super Hornets this Friday 21 October

    by Royal Australian Air Force on Monday, 17 October 2011 at 23:31

    There will be a mass formation flypast of up to 20 F/A-18F Super Hornets over the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Brisbane and Ipswich, this Friday (21 Oct) as part of the welcoming ceremony for four new Super Hornets.

    The arrival of the four new aircraft completes the Australian Super Hornet fleet to 24 aircraft.

    Please join us on facebook to share your photos and comments on this historic day.
    Sixteen aircraft will depart RAAF Base Amberley between 10 am and 10.30 am and will fly in a loose formation to a point off North Stradbroke Island, where they will form up and fly south, crossing the coast at Southport before flying down the Gold Coast to Tweed Heads.

    The armada will then fly out to sea and reform at a point off the Sunshine Coast where it will join with the four new Super Hornets.

    The formation will fly south from Noosa Heads down the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane where it will then fly over the CBD en route to Ipswich and RAAF Amberley. It is expected to pass over the base at 11.30am.

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

    The final number of aircraft flying will depend on operational and training tasks for the aircraft.

    The mass formation flypast of up to 20 aircraft will be not only an historic event which may not be repeated, but an important training exercise for operational planners and aircrew.

    Note: The aircraft will fly at approximately 2000 feet (609 mtrs) and up to 350 knots (648 km/h). Times and locations may vary dependant on the weather. The final number of aircraft flying will depend on operational, training and maintenance for the aircraft.

    A more detailed itinerary is as follows:

    Outward leg including Gold Coast
    Up to 16 x F/A-18F Super Hornets

    10.00 am 16 x F/A-18F Super Hornets commence their launch from RAAF Amberley.
    1018 Springwood
    1021 North Stradbroke Island
    1023 South Stradbroke Island
    1025 Southport
    1026 Surfers Paradise
    1026 Burleigh Heads
    1027 Coolangatta (All times are QLD local times)
    1028 Tweed Heads (All times are QLD local times)

    Sunshine Coast
    Up to 20 x F/A-18F Super Hornets
    1104 Noosa Heads
    1106 Coolum Beach
    1107 Maroochydore
    1108 Caloundra
    1111 Bribie Island
    1113 Redcliffe
    1114 Fisherman’s Islands
    1115 Manly
    1116 Wellington Point
    1117 Southern Tip Moreton Island
    1119 St Helena Island

    Brisbane – Ipswich
    Up to 20 x F/A-18F Super Hornets following the Brisbane River
    1120 Lytton
    1121 Balmoral
    Hawthorne
    Kangaroo Point
    Botanic Gardens/Captain Cook Bridge
    1122 Highgate Hill
    St Lucia
    Indooroopilly
    Kenmore
    1123 Jindalee
    Moggill
    1124 Ipswich

    More about the F/A-18F F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter: Royal Australian Air Force


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    Re: Rhino (Super Hornet) mass flypast Brisbane/Gold/Sunshine coasts this Friday!

    Thanks markis10, I'll head for the headland at Coolum Beach for a look, and a few photos.

    Cheers Dee

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    Re: Rhino (Super Hornet) mass flypast Brisbane/Gold/Sunshine coasts this Friday!

    Thanks for posting this Mark, looks like I'll be camping out on the hill at Amberley Friday morning

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    Re: Rhino (Super Hornet) mass flypast Brisbane/Gold/Sunshine coasts this Friday!

    Man of all the days to be sitting at the airport between 11 and 12.....

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    Re: Rhino (Super Hornet) mass flypast Brisbane/Gold/Sunshine coasts this Friday!

    Thanks for posting markis10. It will be quite a sight. I think Pt Danger will be a good place to watch it from.


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    Re: Rhino (Super Hornet) mass flypast Brisbane/Gold/Sunshine coasts this Friday!

    I was at Pt. Danger last time with the Pig's final flight. Turned out to be a great spot as the pigs continued down south while the Rhinos did a 180 turn at the island off Fingal head.

    Unfortunately this time I don't have enough time to drive down to Pt. Danger, so I'll make do and head up to North Burleigh and watch it from the mountain/cliff there.

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    Re: Rhino (Super Hornet) mass flypast Brisbane/Gold/Sunshine coasts this Friday!

    Quote Originally Posted by markis10 View Post
    Mass formation flypast of up to 20 Super Hornets this Friday 21 October


    Played golf at Ipswich on Wednesday and watched these guys 'flying around' - one in particular was putting his aircraft into stuff that made my adrenaline run!!! Absolutely fascinating! High speed take-off and vertical climb then almost vertical drop - wow! As well as a few 360 loops. Will DEFINITELY be out to watch them on Friday!
    Thanks for this timeline.

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    Re: Rhino (Super Hornet) mass flypast Brisbane/Gold/Sunshine coasts this Friday!

    Thanks for the detailed flight plan - will take up position on Alexandra Headland to enjoy this wonderful show.

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    Re: Rhino (Super Hornet) mass flypast Brisbane/Gold/Sunshine coasts this Friday!

    Well that was interesting. Great to see so main RAAF aircraft at once, would have been nice if they were a little lower

    Got some reasonably photos, will have to wait until I get home to put them up.

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    Wish I was no tin Cairns, nice shot retweeted:

    #superhornets in formation over Brisbane on Twitpic


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