NINE Hawk 127 training fighter jets bound for the state’s north made a pit stop on the Gold Coast today.
The jet aircraft took off from RAAF Base Williamtown, near Newcastle in New South Wales this morning and landed at Gold Coast Airport to refuel before shooting off to Townsville where they will partake in Exercise High Sierra.
The exercise is the final training exercise for pilots graduating from Number 2 Operational Conversion Unit which operates out of RAAF Base Williamtown.
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The Hawk 127 is primarily used for lead in fighter training to prepare aircrew for operational conversions to the F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet.