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Long, Trim and Deluxe: The A350-1000XWB Debuts in Australia

By: Category: Special EventSpotting

9273 A350-1K F-WLXV Airbus

At about the time PHXspotters heard the newest in Airbus’s illustrious stable was visiting Australia, we needed little prodding to fly interstate for a mixed media demonstration and spotting trip. As the A350-1000XWB is yet to visit the American continent, I’d like to share the experience.

Business first! Thanks to a generous offer to join the media contingent in Sydney for a demonstration flight, the day went something like this: Join our flight – Jetstar airways JQ504 departing Melbourne on an A320-232 (VH-VGN) – it is just over an hour’s flight – and on the ground at Sydney at 09:20 with just enough time to grab a cab to QANTAS House, Mascot, for the pre-flight briefing. Tight timeframes ensured a fast pace...

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Les Neistat’s Look at Pitch Black 2016

By: Category: AirshowsEventsMilitaryMilitary Exercise


Exercise Pitch Black 2016 is a three week bi-annual multi-national large force employment exercise which was conducted from RAAF Base Darwin and RAAF Base Tindal from 29 July to 19 August 2016. Exercise Pitch Black is to Australia, what Red Flag is to the USA. Major exercises such as Pitch Black are essential in ensuring that the Air Force remains ready to respond to threats whenever the RAAF is required by the Australian Government.

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