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RAAF Base Pearce

Aircraft

RAAF Base Pearce plays a critical role in pilot training, and is the Australian Defence Force’s busiest and most complex airfield systems. It is home to the PC-9/A,  PC-21 and Hawk 127 aircraft, which also use Gin Gin Airfield regularly for training purposes.

Pilatus PC-9/A

No 2 Flying Training School trains Air Force and Navy pilots using the Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft.

PC-9/A’s taking off at RAAF Base Pearce

PC-9/A’s taking off at RAAF Base Pearce

Pilatus PC-21

The Republic of Singapore Air Force’s Number 130 Squadron conducts basic pilot training using the Pilatus PC-21 aircraft.

The Royal Australian Air Force and Republic of Singapore (RSAF) flying over the city of Perth in celebration of 20 years of Singapore flying training at RAAF Base Pearce

The Royal Australian Air Force and Republic of Singapore (RSAF) flying over the city of Perth in celebration of 20 years of Singapore flying training at RAAF Base Pearce

Hawk 127

No 79 Squadron conducts training in fast jet flying for Air Force pilots and flies the Hawk 127 aircraft.

Hawk 127

A Royal Australian Air Force Hawk 127 from 79 Squadron flies over the city of Perth

Search and Rescue Helicopter

RAAF Base Pearce Search and Rescue provides the base with a local helicopter search and rescue capability. Its primary role is to support military aircraft in the unlikely event that aircrew need to be recovered quickly after ejecting from an aircraft.

A CHC Sikorsky S76 Rescue Helicopter on the tarmac at RAAF Base Pearce

A CHC Sikorsky S76 Rescue Helicopter on the tarmac at RAAF Base Pearce

Future Aircraft

F-35A Lightning II

The F-35A is the most suitable aircraft for Australia’s future air combat and strike needs and will replace the current aging F/A-18A/B Hornets.

Most of Australia’s new F-35A will be based at RAAF Base Williamtown. Air Force has developed flying operations for the F-35A which minimise potential noise impacts while meeting operational requirements. This includes procedural and flight path modifications to limit, to the greatest extent practicable, the noise impact on the surrounding population.

In the same way that F/A-18 Hornets currently deploy to bases around Australia, the F-35A will use RAAF Base Darwin and RAAF Base Townsville to conduct occasional short-term flying operations such as military training exercises. RAAF Base Pearce (Western Australia), RAAF Base Edinburgh (South Australia) and RAAF Base Amberley (Queensland) will also support short-term flying operations of the F-35A aircraft, but will be used less frequently.

The public consultation process for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for flying operations of the F-35A has concluded.Click here to view the approval decision for the final EIS or here for general information about the F-35A. Defence thanks all those who have participated in the public consultation process.

 F-35A Lightning II

The first of Australia’s Royal Australian Air Force F-35A Lighting II successfully taking flight from Fort Worth, Texas on Monday, 29 September 2014