F-35As visit to Canberra back on

Royal Australian Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft from No. 3 Squadron based at RAAF Base Williamtown will conduct diversion training into Canberra Airport.

UPDATE 2: This all-weather-aircraft training that was CANCELLED because of weather, is back on again…

DATE: Thursday, 28 January 2021 .WEDNESDAY 3 FEBRURY 2021

TIME: 2pm ……………………………………10am

Up to two aircraft will conduct circuit training within the Canberra Airport area and then depart to the north to return to RAAF Base Williamtown.

Diversion training is an essential part of pilot training on fast-jet aircraft to ensure pilots are trained to land at different airfields in all weather conditions.


  • Timing of this activity is subject to variables including weather and operational availability.
  • Do not call Canberra Airport directly for updated timings.





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Posted by Brian Hartigan

Managing Editor Contact Publishing Pty Ltd PO Box 3091 Minnamurra NSW 2533 AUSTRALIA

2 thoughts on “F-35As visit to Canberra back on

  • 29/01/2021 at 4:18 pm

    Hi Brian,

    Loved this story you posted on the “all weather” capabilities of the F-35A. While working at Williamtown on Mirages, which were tagged as all weather, I recall getting a call to empty out the main hanger of all large items that might obstruct the safe entry of an arriving Mirage. There was a howling gale blowing rain about, and the rest of the squadron had all landed, taxied onto the line OK.

    We learned the boss was flying in from Richmond and didn’t want to get wet. It was OK that the troops had to get soaked moving all the gear and aircraft being serviced out and ten the aircraft once the boss got out. Seems we had all weather aircraft and all weather troops but alas not all weather senior pilots. Maybe time is repeating itself or maybe not.


    • 29/01/2021 at 4:20 pm

      LOL 🙂


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