Australian Air Force F-18. Special Paint Scheme
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An F/A-18 Hornet displays the 20th anniversary paint scheme of aircraft A21-26 whilst preforming an aerobatic display over Tomaree Heads, NSW.

Photographed 03MAR2005 by Leading Aircraftman Rob Mitchell

In Oct 81, Australia signed a contract for the provision of 75 F/A-18 aircraft, of which 18 were two-seat aircraft configuration. The first two aircraft were produced in the US, with the remainder being assembled by the Government Aircraft Factories (GAF) in Victoria, Australia.

The RAAF received its first Hornet at RAAF Base Williamtown’s No. 2 Operational Conversion Unit (2OCU) in May 1985. 2OCU commenced Hornet pilot training shortly after in August 1985.

As such, this year the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will celebrate 20 years of successful F/A-18 Hornet operations.

F/A-18 Hornet A21-26, a single seat RAAF Hornet aircraft has been painted in a celebratory 'Year of the Hornet' anniversary paint scheme.

The commemorative design was decided by holding a RAAF wide design competition. The winning design was initiated by Sergeant David Turnbull, a current member of 77SQN located at RAAF Base Williamtown.

Painting of the aircraft was undertaken in the Aerospace Coatings facility at the Boeing Aerospace Support Centre (BASC) - RAAF Base Amberley in February 2005.


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