The main aircraft type based at RAAF Base Richmond is the work horse of the Air Force, the C-130J Hercules transport aircraft, which is operated by Number 37 Squadron. A fleet of 12 Hercules are operated from RAAF Base Richmond, and can be distinguished by their four turboprop engines.
Air drop from a C-17A Globemaster over Londonderry Drop Zone in New South Wales
The C-27J Spartan aircraft are based at RAAF Base Richmond until their permanent facilities are completed at RAAF Base Amberley. Distinguishable from the larger Hercules by having two turboprop engines, the Spartan will be flown by Number 35 Squadron, and is intended to transport payloads and personnel into airfields that are unsuitable for large transport aircraft.
The aircraft will be based initially at RAAF Base Richmond when they are delivered in 2015, until facilities at their permanent home at RAAF Base Amberley are completed.
Australia’s first C-27J Spartan lifts off during its maiden flight before being handed over to the Royal Australian Air Force
A number of Air Force aircraft frequently use RAAF Base Richmond, whether it be for training, exercises, operations, or to conduct maintenance. These include the C-17A Globemaster and the KA350 King Air transport aircraft; and the AP-3C Orion and E-7A Wedgetail surveillance aircraft. Army and Navy helicopters, particularly the S-70A Black Hawk and MRH90 Taipan, often transit through RAAF Base Richmond. Foreign aircraft also use RAAF Base Richmond, given its proximity to nearby training areas and to Sydney.
A Number 36 Squadron C-17A Globemaster on final approach to RAAF Base Richmond
A KA350 King Air aircraft on final approach to RAAF Base Richmond
RAAF Base Richmond is located approximately 200 kilometres from RAAF Base Williamtown, which hosts a number of Air Force air combat units. The relative proximity of these bases to each other means that F/A-18 and Hawk 127 jets from RAAF Base Williamtown will conduct diversion training to RAAF Base Richmond several times a year. This ensures pilots can safely land at RAAF Base Richmond, should they have to divert from a planning landing at RAAF Base Williamtown.
A Hawk 127 conducts diversion training to RAAF Base Richmond