GLOBEMASTER C-17A| Australian, US low flying exercise over Ipswich

May 5, 2023 12:54 pm in by
Photo/s: LACW Emma Schwenke. Royal Australian Airforce.

RAAF Base Amberley pilots have been honing their skills on the C-17A Globemaster III in recent weeks.

The exercise, which involves low flying activities over Ipswich and surrounds, not only involved personnel from the Royal Australian Air Force but also United States Pacific Air Force.

RAAF Flight Lieutenant Tim Smith says that the two countries have learnt a lot from each other.

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“The Americans have like 220 odd C-17 aircraft and we’ve only got eight, so they’ve got a much bigger wealth of experience and operational experience with the aircraft,” he says.

“We always learn a lot from them, but we’re in a pretty unique situation with our training system and our aircraft all exactly the same as what they do.

We have the same checklists and maintenance procedures as the Americans, so we’re really well aligned,” he says.

RAAF Flight Lieutenant Tim Smith says its been a great opportunity for the Americans to fly in an area that’s not usually available to them.

“The Americans operate out of Hawaii, which is a beautiful place obviously, but if you fly 5 minutes in any direction, you’re over water and that’s challenging.

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So they’ve really enjoyed coming out here and flying in around this region and the country in general because there’s a lot of a variety of terrain,” he says.

“We’ve been flying 300 feet above the terrain at speeds around 400 to 500 km/hour, sometimes in two or three aircraft formations, and that provides lots of fun and it is challenging for the pilot skills,” he says.

Exercise Global Dexterity, which has involved Royal Australian Air Force and United States Pacific Air Force personnel, finishes today.

The 535th Airlift Squadron and RAAF 36 Squadron have been rotating between flights since April 26 .