Adelaide and surrounds got a rare treat on November 7, with an F/A-18A Hornet three-ship formation flown by local South Australian members from No. 75 Squadron. 

The F/A-18A Hornets, based at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Tindal in the Northern Territory, were piloted in Adelaide at the Edinburgh Air Show by Flight Lieutenants Sam, Trent and James.

Flight Lieutenant Trent, one of the F/A-18A Hornet formation pilots, said it was good to be home again and to fly over his old stomping grounds.

“The three of us are from South Australia and we wanted to do our part in promoting the Air Show and generating interest in our local communities,” Flight Lieutenant Trent said.

Flight Lieutenant James said the formation went up north to Port Pirie, then along the beach, south-bound to Moonta and then went over the Riverland, followed by a lap of the Fleurieu Peninsula.

“The aerobatic display showcased the F/A-18A Hornet’s manoeuvrability and speed, and was fast, low and loud.”

“We flew along the coast where I used to surf a lot growing up and then over Adelaide, where I am from. We flew over the main street and then did a lap of the city over Adelaide Oval,” Flight Lieutenant James said.

Flight Lieutenant Sam said visitors at the air show got to see a range of different RAAF aircraft on the ground as well as a lot of airborne action.

“The F/A-18A display during the air show featured a single jet doing aerobatic displays, another two jets flying in formation with the KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft for a low-level pass, and a static display,” Flight Lieutenant Sam said.

“The aerobatic display showcased the F/A-18A Hornet’s manoeuvrability and speed, and was fast, low and loud.”

The Edinburgh Air Show was one of the last times the F/A-18A Hornet will go on public display in South Australia as Air Force transitions to the F-35A Lightning II, fifth-generation platform.