Special jet to fly down North Coast

CLASSIC HORNET: Flyover tomorrow, Wednesday. Photo courtesy of Dept of Defence
CLASSIC HORNET: Flyover tomorrow, Wednesday. Photo courtesy of Dept of Defence

Residents of the NSW North Coast are encouraged to look to the sky tomorrow, Wednesday, around 1.15pm, to see a distinctively painted Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18B Classic Hornet, on its way to its home base at Williamtown, NSW.

The aircraft is painted in distinctive colours to celebrate No 2 Operational Conversion Unit’s (2OCU) final year of Classic Hornet operations, primarily training pilots to fly the F/A-18A/B aircraft. 

The design features black on orange tiger stripes along the dorsal spine of the aircraft and on the inside of the vertical fins. The outside of the fins feature the 2OCU Tiger head on a black background.

The aircraft will depart RAAF Base Amberley at approximately 12pm and fly down the NSW North Coast passing key local areas such as Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour, Forster, Nelson Bay and Newcastle before landing at RAAF Base Williamtown.