CHC awarded RAAF SAR contract extension

Search and rescue (SAR) coverage for RAAF flying operations from five air force bases around the country will continue to be provided by CHC Helicopter under a 30-month contract extension announced last week. Under the extension, which came into effect last November, CHC's Australian operation is replacing … [Read more...]

RAAF accepts three more F-35As

The RAAF has formally accepted three more F-35As from Lockheed Martin at the Integrated Training Centre at Luke AFB in Arizona. After rolling out and taking flight for the first time in December and January, F-35As A35-003, 004 and 005 were accepted into the ITC in early March. The new aircraft are the … [Read more...]

Breaking the fast jet ceiling

Flying Officer Brooke Chivers and Pilot Officer Aroha Fifield (pictured) became the RAAF’s first female fast jet aircrew, qualifying as F-111 navigators in 2000. (Defence)

Welcome to our latest "Throwback Thursday" feature article from a past edition of Australian Aviation. Here, this June 2017 issue story from Max Blenkin looked at why Australia had yet to have a female fighter pilot. Since this story was published, two Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) female fighter pilots … [Read more...]