RAAF C-17 Globemaster flypast to open Ipswich Show

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A C-17A Globemaster III will conduct a flypast of the Ipswich Show on Friday 18 May 2018, at 4:50pm during the official opening ceremony.

CAPTIONA C-17A Globemaster III does a low flypast at the Wings Over Illawarra air show near Wollongong, NSW, earlier this month. Photo by Brian Hartigan.

People attending the show will be able to view the Globemaster flypast from the grandstand – or virtually anywhere else – at the showgrounds.

The aircraft will fly past in a south-to-north direction as low as 150 metres.

RAAF Amberley, west of Ipswich, is the home base for the Royal Australian Air Force’s fleet of eight Globemasters.

Operated by No. 36 Squadron, the Globemaster is a mainstay of the air mobility force and has been in service since 2006.

Globemaster is used by the RAAF as a strategic airlifter, able to carry a payload of more than 70 tonnes but can also conduct tactical airlift missions, including airdrop of cargo by parachute.

They routinely support Australian forces deployed around the globe, but can also be used in other situations, such as earlier in the year when Globemasters were called on to fly humanitarian-assistance missions to Tonga after Tropical Cyclone Gita.

A Royal Australian Air Force spokesman said the RAAF appreciates the support it receives from the residents of Ipswich and the south-east Queensland regions and is proud to support this significant community event.

The flypast could be cancelled at short notice for operational requirements, weather or air traffic.

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