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FRIDAY. OCTOBER 22. 1976 NO. 246/76


Aircraft from two nations which have taken part in

Exercise Kangaroo II will stage a spectacular fly past over

Sydney, Wollongong and Canberra next week.

The fly past, on Wednesday, will feature jet fighter-

bomber aircraft of the Royal Australian Navy's Fleet Air Arm,

the US Navy and the RAAF.

They include six Skyhawk jet fighter-bombers of the

Navy's 805 Squadron, six USN F-14 Tomcats, six USN A6 Intruders,

six USN A-7 Corsairs and six Mirage jets from the RAAF base at


The Naval aircraft will be launched from the aircraft

carriers HMAS Melbourne and the USS Enterprise as they move

down the east coast.

The Australian Navy aircraft will lead the flight

which will drop to 1,500 feet to overfly Sydney. The aircraft

will pass over Sydney Heads and follow the Harbour to the

Sydney Harbour Bridge, passing overhead at 12 noon.

The 24 aircraft formation will track west to the

Gladesville bridge before flying over Sydney's northern suburbs.

On reaching North Head, the jet formation will track

across the harbour, the central city area, Sydney Town Hall

(at 12.10 p.m.) and direct to Sydney airport, passing over the

•International Terminal at 12.12 p.m.

From Sydney airport, the aircraft will head for

Wollongong to make several orbits of the city. The aircraft


will be over Wollongong between 12.20 and 12.25 p.ra.

The flight path will then take the aircraft via

Nowra to Canberra.

Over Lake George, the RAN and USN aircraft will let

down to 1,500 feet and pass over the Australian War Memorial

at 12.45 p.ra.

They will then pass over Parliament House and Capital

Hill where they will make a clover leaf turn to reverse the

run and finally pass over Canberra airport at 12.55 p.m.

Throughout the three city flypasts, the naval

aircraft will be flying at a speed of 325 knots to enable as

many people as possible to see the types of aircraft which

have been taking part in Exercise Kangaroo II.

After the Canberra fly-past, three of the US aircraft,

an P—14 Tomcat, A6 Intruder and A7 Corsair will detach and land

at the Fairbairn RAAF Base at 1 p.m. where they will be on

display to Defence personnel.

Three similar US aircraft will fly direct to the

Williamtown RAAF Base near Newcastle landing at 1.45 p.m.

where they also will be on display.

The remaining aircraft will refuel at Nowra before

re joining their carriers.

The naval fly-past over Sydney, Wollongong and

Canberra will be co-ordinated with a fly-past of RAAF Mirage

jets from Williamtown. The faster flying Mirages, will follow

the same flight path as the Naval aircraft, but may be ahead

of them by between three and five minutes.

The Mirages will refuel at Fairbairn before returning

to Williamtown.

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