6 F/A-18A Hornet aircraft from Number 77 Sqn, (wouldn't know it by the tails of which only 1 is 77sqn) an E-7A Wedgetail from Number 2 Squadron, an AP-3C (Electronic Warfare) Orion from Number 10 Squadron
Will the Hornets head to their new home in Canada when the exercise finished?
Good question Dave. I believe the first 2 are expected in Canada in the northern spring so very close. My guess though is no, these 6 will head home. I assume they will will have some other birds readied for transfer. Could be wrong..will soon see.
Talk from the RAAF classic forum in that the first 2 expected in Canada from the 16th. Red flag wraps up on the 15th. Looks much more likely some of these will be wearing a maple leaf soon. Also lots of 50s serial numbers in that batch.. The youngest birds.
First 2 classics have been delivered to the RCAF at Cold Lake. Is A21-53 and 55, both from 3 squadron. 77 squadron did the delivery which makes sense as they were at Red Flag. Kiwi connection is Easty (ex RNZAF A4 driver) was one of the delivery pilots. He’s CO of 77 squadron.