Tuesday, March 6, 2012

PHOTO: Royal Australian Air Force 77 Sqn 70th Anniversary Hornet

Image © Commonwealth of Australia. Click on thumbnail to view high resolution image

No. 77 Sqn of the Royal Australian Air Force is commemorating it's 70th Anniversary in 2012, and the squadron has painted one of its F/A-18A Hornets (serial A21-49) in a special commemorative scheme. Members from No. 77 SQN were asked to come up with a design for the commemorative aircraft and the winning design was by Aircraft Technician Leading Aircraftman (LAC) Nick Pearsall with input from all of the Aircraft Technicians at No. 77 Squadron.

77 Sqn was formed at RAAF Pearce, Western Australia in March 1942 with Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawks. The squadron took part in the defence of Darwin and later flew escort and ground attack operations over New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Borneo. During the Korean War, 77 squadron flew the P-51 Mustang and Gloster Meteor, supporting United Nations forces during the conflict. Today it flies the F/A-18A/B Hornet from RAAF Williamtown.

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