Wings Over Illawarra 2017: RAAF Williamtown Hornets Blazing Through the Sky

No. 2 Operational Conversion Unit (2OCU) and No. 3 Squadron RAAF McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A Hornet multi-role fighters arrived at Wings Over Illawarra on Saturday May 6th, 2017 from RAAF Williamtown in roaring style with an impromptu air show performance before landing in preparation for their show closing, Saturday only air display.

RAAF No. 3 Squadron F/A-18A Hornet (A21-3) Wings Over Illawarra 2017
RAAF No. 3 Squadron F/A-18A Hornet (A21-3)
RAAF No. 3 Squadron F/A-18A Hornet (A21-3) Wings Over Illawarra 2017
RAAF No. 3 Squadron F/A-18A Hornet (A21-3)
RAAF 2OCU F/A-18A Hornet (A21-16) dirty pass Wings Over Illawarra
RAAF 2OCU F/A-18A Hornet (A21-16) dirty pass
RAAF 2OCU F/A-18A Hornet (A21-16) dirty pass Wings Over Illawarra
Undercarriage going up after the dirty pass
RAAF 2OCU F/A-18A Hornet (A21-16) Wings Over Illawarra 2017
Heat haze! RAAF 2OCU F/A-18A Hornet (A21-16)
RAAF 2OCU F/A-18A Hornet (A21-16) low pass at Wings Over Illawarra 2017
RAAF 2OCU F/A-18A Hornet (A21-16) low pass at Wings Over Illawarra 2017
RAAF 2OCU F/A-18A Hornet (A21-16) turning hard at Wings Over Illawarra 2017
RAAF 2OCU F/A-18A Hornet (A21-16) turning hard at Wings Over Illawarra 2017
RAAF 2OCU F/A-18A Hornet (A21-16) dirty pass Wings Over Illawarra
RAAF 2OCU F/A-18A Hornet (A21-16) turning hard at Wings Over Illawarra 2017
RAAF 2OCU F/A-18A Hornet (A21-16) Wings Over Illawarra 2017
RAAF 2OCU F/A-18A Hornet (A21-16)
RAAF 2OCU F/A-18A Hornet (A21-16) Wings Over Illawarra 2017
RAAF 2OCU F/A-18A Hornet (A21-16) with 75th anniversary tail markings
RAAF 2OCU F/A-18A Hornet (A21-16) Wings Over Illawarra 2017
Underbelly
2OCU 75th Anniversary and No. 3 Squadron F/A-18A Hornets land at Illawarra Regional Airport
2OCU 75th Anniversary and No. 3 Squadron F/A-18A Hornets land at Illawarra Regional Airport

By the time the late afternoon had arrived and the Hornets had taken off, clouds had filled the ever darkening sky and the sun had all but disappeared behind them. It made for dark photos but this also let the blazing afterburners of the Hornets really stand out. It made for an impressive sight!

RAAF No. 3 Squadron F/A-18A Hornet (A21-3) Wings Over Illawarra 2017
RAAF No. 3 Squadron F/A-18A Hornet (A21-3) takes-off with afterburners blazing
RAAF 2OCU F/A-18A Hornet (A21-16) takes off with afterburner at Wings Over Illawarra 2017
RAAF 2OCU F/A-18A Hornet (A21-16) takes off with afterburner at Wings Over Illawarra 2017
RAAF 2OCU F/A-18A Hornet (A21-16) dirty pass Wings Over Illawarra
2OCU F/A-18A Hornet (A21-16) rises sharply from the runway at Illawarra
RAAF 2OCU F/A-18A Hornet (A21-16) takes off with afterburner at Wings Over Illawarra 2017
Dark skies
RAAF 2OCU F/A-18A Hornet (A21-16) takes off with afterburner at Wings Over Illawarra 2017
Afterburner blazing
RAAF 2OCU F/A-18A Hornet (A21-16) takes off with afterburner at Wings Over Illawarra 2017
Lighting up the dark sky
RAAF 2OCU F/A-18A Hornet (A21-16) Wings Over Illawarra 2017
Hornet silhouette
RAAF 2OCU F/A-18A Hornet (A21-16) Wings Over Illawarra 2017
Sunset glow

Fast jets, loud noise… happy crowd!

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