The new jets flew direct from Luke Air Force Base in Arizona and landed at RAAF Base Williamtown with the aid of a KC-30A refuelling aircraft.
This article by Adam Thorn, writing for Australian Aviation, makes the following points:
- The arrival of the latest F-35A Lighting IIs takes the RAAF’s current fleet to 54.
- Australia acquired the F-35 to replace the RAAF’s F/A-18A/B Classic Hornets that had been in service since 1985.
- Australia is set to purchase at least 72 F-35s as part of the $17 billion AIR 6000 Phase 2A/B program, and all are expected to be fully operational by 2023.
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