Armed Forces Overviews
Royal Australian Air Force
Royal Australian Air Force
Alice Springs, NT (YBAS)
Rwy: 12/30, 17/35
Pos: 23°48'25"S 133°54'08"E
Elev: 1789 ft
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Reserve Base Civil airport. Mainly used by USAF for nearby satellite base.
The RAAF uses bare bases without personnel, equipment or aircraft. These bases are used during exercises only.
Amberley, Qld. (YAMB)
Rwy: 04/22, 15/33
Pos: 27°38'26"S 152°42'43"E
Elev: 91 ft
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82Wg

1sq F/A-18F


6sq EA-18G
84Wg

33sq KC-30A
86Wg

36sq C-17A
6sq transferred their Super Hornets to 1sq in October 2016, in anticipation of delivery of the first EA-18G Growlers.
The RAAF received the first C-17A in 2006. There are eight Globemasters in service with 36sq at RAAF Amberley.
Photo: Motty
Butterworth (Malaysia) (WMKB)
Rwy: 18/36
Pos: 05°27'58"N 100°23'28"E
Elev: 8ft
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81Wg

3sq F/A-18A/B Detachment


75sq F/A-18A/B Detachment


77sq F/A-18A/B Detachment
92Wg

10sq AP-3C Detachment


11sq AP-3C Detachment
3sq at Williamtown is the first unit to transition to the F-35A.
Canberra, ACT (YSCB)
Rwy: 12/30, 17/35
Pos: 35°18'30"S 149°11'38"E
Elev: Elev:1888
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84Wg

34sq B737-7DF/DT
CL-604
Curtin, WA (YCIN)
Rwy: 11/29
Pos: 17°34'53"S 123°49'42"E
Elev: 300 ft
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Reserve Base Bare basis.
The RAAF uses bare bases without personnel, equipment or aircraft. These bases are used during exercises only.
East Sale, Vic. (YMES)
Rwy: 04/22, 09/27
Pos: 38°05'56"S 147°08'58"E
Elev: Elev:23 ft
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84Wg

32sq Beech 350


38sq Beech 350
Training Command

Central Flying School PC-9/A CFS


Australian display team 'The Roulettes' is also based here, using aircraft from the CFS.
Edinburgh, SA (YPED)
Rwy: 18/36, HEL
Pos: 34°42'09"S 138°37'15"E
Elev: Elev:67 ft
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92Wg

10sq AP-3C


11sq AP-3C
P-8A
Air System Development and Test Wing

ARDU F/A-18A
F/A-18B
PC-9/A
AP-3C
Prove to accomplish
Learmonth, WA (YPLM)
Rwy: 18/36
Pos: 22°14'00"S 114°05'37"E
Elev: 19 ft
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Reserve Base Bare basis.
The RAAF uses bare bases without personnel, equipment or aircraft. These bases are used during exercises only.
Pearce, WA (YPEA)
Rwy: 05/23, 18L/36R, 18R, 36L
Pos: 31°40'04"S 116°00'54"E
Elev: 150 ft
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78Wg

79sq Hawk Mk127
Training Command

2FTS PC-9/A
PC-21
Seek the Heights
Richmond, NSW (YSRI)
Rwy: 10/28
Pos: 33°36'02"S 150°46'51"E
Elev: Elev:67 ft
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86Wg

35sq C-27J Adept


37sq C-130J-30 Foremost


285sq C-130E decommissioned static
C-130H/J Flight Simulators
The first C-27J for 35sq has been delivered in June 2015. 35sq will move to RAAF Amberley in 2017, once the new facilities to permantly house the C-27J fleet that are currently under construction are completed.
The RAAF operated four different versions of the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft. Initially they bought the C-130A which was later supplemented by the C-130E version. When the time came to replace the aging C-130A the RAAF opted to buy the C-130H and recently, when the E-model was close to the end of it's carreer yet another version of the Hercules was aquired, the C-130J.
Photo: Joris Termorshuizen
Scherger, Qld. (YBSG)
Rwy: 12/30,
Pos: 12°37'26"S 142°05'12"E
Elev: Elev:145ft
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Reserve Base Bare basis.
The RAAF uses bare bases without personnel, equipment or aircraft. These bases are used during exercises only.
Tamworth, NSW (YSTW)
Rwy: 06/24, 12L/30R, 12R/30L, 18/36
Pos: 31°05'01"S 150°50'49"E
Elev: 1313 ft
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Basic Flying Training School CT/4B BFTS
The ADF Basic Flying Training School uses civil registered basic trainers leased from the BAE Systems Training Academy.
RAAF instructors conduct flight screening and pilot selection for all three services.
The contract with BAE Systems runs until 2020. In 2019, the Basic Flying Training School will relocate to RAAF Base East Sale (Vic.) and operate the PC-21 under a 25-year contract with Lockheed Martin Australia.
Tindal, NT (YPTN)
Rwy: 14/32
Pos: 14°31'16"S 132°22'40"E
Elev: 443 ft
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81Wg

75sq F/A-18A
F/A-18B
Wagga Wagga, NSW (YSWG)
Rwy: 05/23, 12/30 (grass), grass strips
Pos: 35°09'55"S 147°27'59"E
Elev: Elev:724 f
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School of Technical Training Various aircraft SoTT
Wiliams, Vic. (YMPC)
Rwy: 04/22, 17/35
Pos: 37°55'56"S 144°45'12"E
Elev: 14 ft
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Reserve Base RAAF Museum Combination of RAAF Point Cook and RAAF Laverton.
The RAAF uses bare bases without personnel, equipment or aircraft. These bases are used during exercises only.
Williamtown, NSW (YWLM)
Rwy: 12/30
Pos: 32°47'42"S 151°50'04"E
Elev: 30 ft
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41Wg

2sq E-7A
78Wg

76sq Hawk Mk127


2OCU F/A-18A
F/A-18B
81Wg

3sq F/A-18A
F/A-18B
(F-35A)


77sq F/A-18A
F/A-18B
82Wg

4sq PC-9/A
3sq at Williamtown is the first unit to transition to the F-35A.
4sq was formerly known as FACDU (Forward Air Control Development Unit)
RAAF pilots will commence their training first on the PC-9/A. Their first experience with jets will be on the Hawk with 76sq and 79sq. The Hawk is the lead-in trainer for the F/A-18 fighter.
Photo: Motty
FACDU PC-9/A is bashing the Williamtown circuit.
Photo: Motty
Woomera, SA (YPWR)
Rwy: 18/36, 12/30 (grass)
Pos: 31°08'39"S 136°49'01"E
Elev: 548 ft
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Reserve Base Test facility. Used for fighter weapons training at nearby shooting range.
The RAAF uses bare bases without personnel, equipment or aircraft. These bases are used during exercises only.
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