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Pitch Black 2012

Last major exercise for C-130H Hercules Flight Engineer, Warrant Officer Mark Brundell, completes pre-flight checks on a C-130H Hercules aircraft during Exercise Pitch Black 2012.

The C-130H Hercules has participated in its final major tactical exercise before retiring, during Exercise Pitch Black 2012.
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Exercise Pitch Black 12 (PB12) is the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) largest and most complex air exercise. It will be held in the Northern Territory from 27 July to 17 August 2012.

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International participants will include the United States Marine Corps, the Republic of Singapore Air Force, Royal Thai Air Force, and Royal New Zealand Air Force, and the Indonesian Air Force (participating from July 27 to August 13).

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