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Crowds along the cliffs at Kangaroo Point in Brisbane got a close-up look at the C-17A ‘Globemaster III’ as the global airlifter flew low level over the Brisbane River as a prelude to this year’s Riverfire fireworks spectacular. Some in highrise apartments along the river actually got to look down at the C-17 and the F/A-18F Super Hornet as they ‘buzzed’ an appreciative audience. The flights were part of the ADF’s ongoing support of this major annual event for Queensland.
It was a case of “you fly mine and I’ll fly yours” as pilots from the RAAF and the Japanese Defence Force exchanged flights in their fighter jets. Pictured above, Flight Lieutenant Jess gets strapped into a Koku-Jieitai F-15J for an exchange flight on Exercise Bushido Guardian. Similarly, Flight Lieutenant Jess took a JDF pilot for a flight in her F/A-18A Hornet. The exercise provided opportunities between the JASDF and the RAAF, including air combat tactics and manoeuvre, to further enhanced the relationship between Australia and Japan.
RAAF and US Air Force medical personnel participate in a mid-air simulated aeromedical evacuation scenario on board a USAF C-17 Globemaster III aircraft during Exercise Mobility Guardian 2019. A C-17A Globemaster III and a KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport to the United States during September to conduct realistic Rapid Global Mobility training. Conducted from USAF bases in Washington State, participants from several international air forces, conducted scenario-based training covering airlift, airdrop, air-to-air refuelling, aero-medical evacuation, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and other mobility operations.
(Defence Photos)