RAAF Hornets back at show

An RAAF F/A-18 Hornet conducts a 'show of force' at an airshow. Photo: Getty Images
An RAAF F/A-18 Hornet conducts a 'show of force' at an airshow. Photo: Getty Images
Five Royal Australian Air Force Hornet (RAAF) fighter jets will put on a display at the Warbirds Over Wanaka Airshow at Easter.

Ed Taylor
Ed Taylor

Show general manager Ed Taylor said yesterday the Hornets last took part in 2010 when they were the "undoubted stars".

"With the Hornets being phased out over the next few years, it will possibly be the final time we get to see ... these fine aircraft flying in New Zealand."

They will operate from Queenstown Airport during the show.

The aircraft are based in New South Wales and have been the "backbone" of the RAAF strike force for about 30 years.

Their commanding officer is Jason Easthope, who was born in Rotorua and flew with the Royal New Zealand Air Force until the disbandment of its strike force.

At the 2010 show, aviator and All Blacks captain Ritchie McCaw provided commentary from the back seat of one of the aircraft during its display.


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