Air Force treats locals to aircraft flypast over Thirlmere Anzac service

Locals will be treated to a special sight during the Thirlmere Anzac service on Sunday, April 23.

The Royal Australian Air Force will conduct a flypast over Thirlmere as part of the service held at the Memorial Park Cenotaph, starting at 2pm.

Picton-Thirlmere-Bargo RSL sub-branch president Tim Bennett-Smith said the RAAF will deploy a C27 Spartan which will fly from east to west over the service. 

“Everyone at the sub-branch is very excited to have the plane fly past and I’m sure a lot of kids will be wide-eyed looking up at the sky,” he said.

“It is a brand new plane and the fly past will be a great spectacle.”

The plane will fly at a minimum altitude of 75 metres above ground level.

The twin-engine Spartan entered Australian service in mid-2015 and is operated by No. 35 Squadron at RAAF Base Richmond in Sydney’s northwest.

Serving as a battlefield airlifter, the Spartan can deliver personnel and cargo to airfields that are too small for larger transport aircraft like the C-130J Hercules or C-17A Globemaster III.

The flypast is an opportunity for Defence to show its thanks to retired service personnel and the wider Australian public, remembering those who have paid the ultimate price in serving the nation.

During Anzac Day ceremonies, Defence remembers the sacrifice of not only the original Anzacs but every one of our service men and women who have served and died during war, conflict and peacekeeping operations.

About 2350 Defence members are deployed on operations, continuing the Anzac spirit whilst serving Australia's national interests at home and in many countries around the world.

The flypast is subject to variables including air traffic control requirements, weather and operational availability and may be subject to cancellation at short notice.