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Avalon 2017: F-35A woos Australia

3rd March 2017 - 01:08 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Melbourne


The platform generating the greatest interest at the Avalon Air Show was the arrival of the Lockheed Martin F-35A fighter, with a pair of the expensive aircraft touching down on Australian soil for the first time on 3 March.

The Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) F-35As flew from Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, stopping over in Hawaii, Guam and Brisbane before reaching Avalon. They completed 21 refuelling brackets from an accompanying A330 MRTT, while a C-17A also flew in support.

All in all, it was a major logistical effort to get the F-35As to Australia – the type's

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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