Waltzing Matilda

Nigel Pittaway was at Australia’s International Airshow at Avalon in early March where Lightning struck not once, but twice, with the arrival of the first two Royal Australian Air Force F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters

F-35A LIGHTNING II

The two aircraft (A35-001/ AU-01 and A35-002/ AU-02) flew in from RAAF Amberley in Queensland to take part primarily in the static display, but both aircraft put on a spirited, if somewhat limited, display on their arrival, and one aircraft performed a further restricted flying display on one of the public days.

Flown by Squadron Leaders Andrew Jackson and David Bell, the first two Australian pilots trained on the F-35A, the two jets gave the public their first glimpse of the RAAF’s New Air Combat Capability (NACC) being acquired under Project Air 6000.

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