F/A-18 Classic Hornet Series
F/A-18A A21-38, No. 75 Squadron, RAAF Base Tindal
In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of 75 Squadron,
A21-38 was painted in this special scheme which can be seen on the aircraft today.
Includes 75 Squadron, 81 Wing and ACG badges.
A21-38, No. 75 Squadron, RAAF Base Tindal
No. 75 Squadron formed in March 1942 equipped with the Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk. It saw combat operations from various locations in New Guinea and the wider western Pacific theatre during World War 2. After the war the squadron deployed to Malta, where it flew Royal Air Force deHavilland Vampire jets before returning to Australia in 1955. It was later based at Butterworth, Malaysia, and from 1967 was equipped with the Dassault Mirage IIIOs.
The squadron converted to the F/A-18A-B Hornet in 1988 and deployed to Qatar in 2003 under Operation Falconer, Australia’s contribution to Operation Iraqi Freedom. A21-38 was one of 14 Hornets deployed.
Today, No. 75 Squadron is based at RAAF Base Tindal in the Northern Territory. It is a combat unit of No 81 Wing which is responsible for the provision of combat air power to Australian and coalition forces through Offensive Counter Air and Defensive Counter Air operations using three squadrons of F/A-18 Hornets. 81 Wing is an element of Air Combat Group (ACG), the Force Element Group which commands all of the RAAF’s fast jet combat aircraft to deliver Australia’s capability to control the air and conduct precision strike.
To mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of No. 75 Squadron a special scheme was designed by SGT Kerryn Oehm, SNCOIC 75SQN CCF, and applied to A21-38, a Block 23 AF/A-18A Hornet.
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