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RAAF Base Amberley


RAAF Base Amberley is the home base for C-17A Globemaster III, F/A-18F Super Hornet multi-role fighters and the KC-30A Multi-Role tanker transport aircraft.  Amberley is also used regularly by visiting detachments from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and foreign forces

Strike aircraft

Number 82 Wing headquartered at RAAF Base Amberley conducts effective strike, reconnaissance and forward air control operations. The Wing comprises Number 1 Squadron and Number 6 Squadron which fly the F/A-18F Super Hornet multi-role fighters and Number 5 Flight which pilots the Air Force’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft.


Air Force A36 Boeing Business Jet leaves RAAF Establishment Fairbairn.

Number 1 Squadron F/A-18F Super Hornets and personnel return to RAAF Base Amberley after completing the first rotation of OperationOKRA

Heavy Air Lift aircraft

KC-30A Multi-Role tank/transport aircraft is operated by Number 33 Squadron. Although its primary task is air to air refueling the aircraft is a highly capable airlift platform providing the Air Force with the ability to move personnel, cargo and refuel receiver aircraft simultaneously over vast distances.


33 Squadron KC-30 Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft takes off from RAAF Base Amberley.

34 Squadron Challenger CL-604 jet based at RAAF Establishment Fairbairn

Number 36 Squadron operates six C-17A Globemaster III heavy transport aircraft from RAAF Base Amberley.


Air Force A36 Boeing Business Jet leaves RAAF Establishment Fairbairn.

A C-17A Globemaster III takes off from RAAF Base Amberley to help support the relief efforts in Vanuatu in the aftermath of tropical cyclone Pam.


One contracted search and rescue helicopter from CHC helicopters is located at RAAF Amberley. Its role is to support military aircraft in the unlikely event that aircrew need to be recovered quickly after ejecting from an aircraft.
Occasionally, Australian Army helicopters from Oakey and other Army bases  use RAAF Base Amberley for training purposes.

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 aircraft 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.

EA -18G Growler

The EA-18G Growler is an electronic warfare capability that has the ability to disrupt or jam a range of military electronics systems. Twelve EA-18G Growlers are planned for RAAF Base Amberley to complement the F/A-18F Super Hornet and the future F-35A.