RAAF Base Tindal is home base for No 75 Squadron, a tactical fighter squadron equipped with F/A-18A/B Hornets.
An F/A-18A/B Hornet takes off on a mission from RAAF Base Tindal during Exercise Pitch Black
Other Air Force aircraft use RAAF Base Tindal from time to time during exercises and deployments. These aircraft include AP- 3C Orion, C-17A Globemaster, C-130J Hercules, KA350 King Air and KC-30A MRTT. RAAF Base Tindal is also used as a Forward Operating Base for the E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning & control aircraft operated by Number 2 Squadron based at RAAF Base Williamtown.
An E-7A Wedgetail from Number 2 Squadron takes off for a mission at RAAF Base Tindal as part of Exercise Pitch Black 2014
Most of Australia’s new F-35A will be based at RAAF Base Williamtown with one operational squadron replacing Number 75 Squadron’s F/A-18 A/B Hornets and operating from RAAF Base Tindal. RAAF Base Tindal will also be used for exercises from two to four weeks per year by other visiting Joint Strike Fighter squadrons.
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.
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-18A/B 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.
Defence is currently undertaking an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process for the flying operations of the F-35A. A website has been created www.f35evolution.com.au where you can learn more about the EIS process and subscribe to receive updates.
The first Royal Australian Air Force F-35A Lightning II successfully taking flight from Fort Worth, Texas on Monday, 29 September 2014