Super Hornets squadron flies over Coast for last time

EYES TO THE SKY: Super Hornet will fly over the Sunshine Coast today.
EYES TO THE SKY: Super Hornet will fly over the Sunshine Coast today. Cathy Adams

ALL eyes to the skies this morning with a rare opportunity to watch a squadron of fighter jets fly over the Sunshine Coast.

The No. 6 Squadron will be flying the F/A-18F Super Hornets from as far south as the Evans Head Range, tracking over the Gold Coast, Brisbane and then to the Sunshine Coast about 11am before heading north to Gympie and back to Amberley.

This is no ordinary flight; the No. 6 Squadron will take to the skies for the last time flying the F/A-18F Super Hornets before preparing to transition to the EA-18G Growler next year.

The Growler is a more specialised version of the Hornet with more advanced electronic warfare capability.

"The EA-18G Growler is a specialised Electronic Warfare (EW) variant of the F/A-18F Super Hornet, designed to support friendly ground, sea and air operations through its capability to detect, analyse, identify, disrupt, deter and destroy adversary radar and communications systems," a Defence spokesman said. 

"While residents of south-east Queensland may be used to seeing the Super Hornets track along the coast for training exercises, this flight is a special send off for No. 6 Squadron that has flown the Super Hornet since 2011.

"It is also an opportunity for Air Force to thank the local communities for their ongoing support." 

Following this flight, the Super Hornets will re-locate to No.1 Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley, to make way for the EA-18G Growler Airborne Electronic Attack aircraft set to join No. 6 Squadron in 2017. 

Information on aircraft noise and current flying activities is available at or by phoning 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 362) and asking to be connected to Royal Australian Air Force Base, Amberley. 

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