New RAAF Worimi Hornet to recognise Indigenous service
24 February 2015
The Royal Australian Air Force Worimi F/A-18A Hornet aircraft was unveiled today at the Australian International Airshow at Avalon, demonstrating Air Force’s commitment to Indigenous men and women who have served, and continue to serve, in the Australian Defence Force.
Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown AO, unveiled the Worimi Hornet, featuring new Aboriginal artwork, in honour of the Traditional Owners of the land on which RAAF Base Williamtown now sits.
“This initiative expresses Air Force’s commitment to embracing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and contribution. Air Force values the diversity of all our people, and this aircraft is a way to recognise Indigenous inclusion in a significant way,” AIRMSHL Brown said.
“Our people are our greatest asset for delivering air power. If we better understand, value and benefit from our collective diversity, Air Force will be a better organisation where people feel valued for their contribution to air power.
“I am delighted that the aircraft also features the pilot markings of the late Warrant Officer Len Waters – Air Force’s first known Aboriginal fighter pilot.
The artwork, by Australian design studio Balarinji, depicts Kilyarr Kilyarr, the Wedgetail Eagle—a powerful bird of prey which dominates the skies over Australian land and seascapes.
AIRMSHL Brown thanked the Defence Directorate of Indigenous Affairs who assisted Air Force with the initiative. Worimi Elders and relatives of WOFF Len Waters’ attended the unveiling.
The Australian International Airshow pays tribute to the heroes of military aviation.
Images of the Worimi aircraft will be available at: http://images.defence.gov.au/S20150389
General Event Imagery available at: http://images.defence.gov.au/S20150171
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