Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Stunning Photos from the RAAF's Exercise Pitch Black 2014 at Darwin Airport

I've been sent some simply stunning photos from the guys at the Brisbane Airport Movements Blog that they have captured from Darwin Airport over the last week or so during the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) largest and most complex air exercise - Exercise Pitch Black 2014 (PB14).

Pitch Black is currently being held in the Northern Territory and is due to wrap on Friday 22 August.

International participants  include the United States Air Force (USAF), the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF), the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF), and a number of other nations - including Thailand and the United Arab Emirates - which Australia has close ties to in the region.

All photos below were taken at Darwin Airport between Saturday 2 August and Friday 8 August.  Enjoy!

Boeing C-17A Globemaster III 00-0180 62nd Airlift Wing, McChord AFB, Washington

RAAF Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules A97-441

Singapore AF Gulfstream G550AEW serial 017

Singapore AF Lockheed Martin F-16CJ Fighting Falcon serial 641

United Arab Emirates Dassault Mirage 2000-9DAD serial 710

United Arab Emirates Dassault Mirage 2000-9EAD serial 726

RAAF McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A Hornet A21-14 flying in tandem approach with A21-39

RAAF McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A Hornet A21-25 in tandem with A21-1

RAAF McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A Hornet A21-49 with A21-50

RAAF Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet A44-220

Singapore AF Boeing F-15SG Strike Eagle serial 8317

Thai AF Saab JAS-39D Gripen Kh20k-1/54

US Marines Lockheed Martin KC-130J Hercules 167927

RAAF Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES) A30-002

A formation of four Singapore AF F-16s

A formation of four RAAF Hornets

A RAAF hornet and a United Arab Emirates Mirage 2000-9

Singapore AF Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker 752

United Arab Emirates Airbus A330-243 MRTT 1300

A formation of Singapore AF F-15s

Wow!  Simply stunning images!  Makes me really jealous and want to head up there!

But if like me you can't make it to Darwin in the next couple of weeks, you can check out more great photos and reports on the following RAAF social media pages:

Twitter: or #ExPB14

Sincere thanks again to the Brisbane Airport Movements Blog for sharing these awesome images and allowing me to share them with you all!

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