A C-17A Globemaster aircraft from 36 Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley will conduct a low-level training flight over the Sunshine Coast.
A C-17A Globemaster aircraft from 36 Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley will conduct a low-level training flight over the Sunshine Coast. Contributed

Giant planes to pass over Sunshine Coast

ALL eyes will be on the sky when two C-17A Globemaster aircraft conduct a low-level training flight over the Sunshine Coast on Friday.

The aircraft, from 36 Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley, will conduct their low-level sortie as part of a training flight to ensure the aircrew maintain their high skill level in operating the aircraft.

At times the two planes will be as low as 100 metres and will fly just off the coast.

They are expected to hit the southern end of the Sunshine Coast shortly after 1pm and will take about five minutes to reach Noosa.

RAAF Base Amberley's Number 36 Squadron operates eight C-17A aircraft.

The C-17A is a heavy transport aircraft that allows Australia to rapidly deploy troops, supplies, combat vehicles, heavy equipment and helicopters anywhere in the world.

Recently aircraft from 36 Squadron have completed carrying stores and humanitarian supplies to Fiji after the devastation of Tropical Cyclone Winston.

A spokesman for 36 Squadron said it regularly conducted training and operational flights over south-east Queensland and appreciated the support it received from local residents.

The sortie may be delayed or cancelled at short notice and is subject to variables such as weather, operational availability and air traffic.


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