Royal Australian Airforce (RAAF) Clears its Training Hawk 127 Jets to Resume Flying Operations
Western Australia (News4us.com) October 19, 2010
Air Force Hawks cleared to resume operational flying
Air Force has cleared its Hawk lead-in fighters to resume operational flying.
Last week, Hawk flying operations were temporarily suspended after one of the aircraft experienced a technical fault while taxiing prior to take-off from RAAF Base Pearce, Western Australia.
The Royal Australian Air Force Hawk 127 is primarily used as a training aircraft for pilots who later progress and convert to the F/A-18 Hornet fighter or F-111 strike aircraft.
These low wing all metal aircraft are fitted with an integrated navigation and attack system and utilized by No 76 Squadron at RAAF Base Williamtown, near Newcastle, and No 79 Squadron at RAAF Base Pearce, near Perth.
The Royal Australian Air Force and its elite fighter pilots are looking forward to the delivery of another 3 Super Hornets by the end of the year, giving them even more tactical firepower.
The RAAF has very strict safety protocols that it adheres to which help ensure pilot safety and the fighter planes overall integrity. Following an investigation into that incident, the Hawk fleet has been cleared to resume flying, with each aircraft to receive a further detailed technical inspection prior to flight.
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