Pilots from 82 Wing based at Amberley RAAF Base fly Super Hornets over the Evans Head Air Weapons Range during a training exercise.
Pilots from 82 Wing based at Amberley RAAF Base fly Super Hornets over the Evans Head Air Weapons Range during a training exercise. Cathy Adams

Fast jets on a mission over Evans Head

TWO Super Hornets flew over the Northern Rivers yesterday, intent on hitting their targets.

They have the capacity to carry eight precision guided bombs, four air-to-air missiles, and 400 20mm cannon rounds.

But don't be too alarmed, they were not carrying anywhere near that weaponry capacity when they flew over Evans Head for a training run yesterday.

Taking only 15 minutes to travel from the Amberley Airbase, the two-seater Super Hornets were operated by pilots from 82 Wing and dropped simulated air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons as part of their training.

Commanding officer of 82 Wing, Group Captain Glen Braz, was on scene to watch proceedings.

Evans Head was an important training base in the Second World War, and Group Captain Braz said the base had endured.

The Group Captain grew up at Iluka and said he had fond memories of the bombing range.

Jets over Evans: Super Hornets buzzed Evans Head yesterday
Jets over Evans: Super Hornets buzzed Evans Head yesterday

"I grew up watching aircraft (F1-11s) when I was young and that inspired me to become a pilot," he said.

"How incredible is Australia - that a barefoot kid from Iluka can become a fast jet pilot in our airforce ... and here I am today."

Group Captain Braz said they worked closely with the community to make people aware of what they do at the range, and of its importance in ensuring the RAAF pilots were ready should they be called upon.

"Every mission we fly, we are practising for combat," he said.