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An F-18 Super Hornet, similar to the ones that will buzz the north coast tomorrow. (file pic)
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North Coast plane-spotters will be in for a treat on Wednesday when a formation of Super Hornets does a fly-by along the coastline.

Up to 12 F/A-18F Super Hornets from Number 1 Squadron will be taking part in the training mission between 2pm and 4pm.

They will fly from RAAF Base Amberley to Evans Head, and then up the coast to Rainbow Beach on the Sunshine Coast.

The formation will then fly over Brisbane’s central business district before returning to their base at Amberley.

A Defence Force spokesperson said the mission was the last planned training flight for the squadron for this year.

‘Number 1 Squadron has had an incredibly busy year with multiple deployments, exercises and other training activities,’ the spokesperson said.

‘This is a planned training flight and a rare opportunity for Brisbane and coastal residents to see a large formation of Super Hornets flying over the city and environs.

The spokesperson said parts of the coastal route would be flown over water.

‘Noise reduction and the environment are vital considerations in the planning and conduct of military flying,’ the spokesperson said.

Two Chinook helicopters fly along Byron's main beach before disappearing behind Cape Byron and heading south. (Picture Darren Coyne)
Two Chinook helicopters fly along Byron’s main beach before disappearing behind Cape Byron and heading south. (Picture Darren Coyne)

Wednesday’s fly-by follows a visit to the region on Sunday by two Chinook helicopters.

Beach-goers at Byron Bay’s main beach, along with hundreds taking part in a surf lifesaving completion, were treated to the sight of the Chinooks flying along the coast before disappearing behind the Cape Byron headland.

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  1. As soon as I saw the headline I knew the fun police would be on to this. First comment off the rank. So it begins.
    Kids love seeing planes and jets, they are a marvel of technology. Let some people enjoy something that you may not like. Look for a positive instead of minor negatives. They’re just planes flying past.
    Besides you might need them one day.


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