F-35A Joint Strike Fighter is introduced to the Hunter at RAAF Base Amberley

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In sight but no sound: first look at F-35As bound for Hunter | photos, video PROUD PILOTS: Wing Commander Andrew Jackson and Squadron Leader David Bell in front of Wing Commander Jackson’s F-35A Joint Strike Fighter “001”. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers
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COMBAT READY: Williamtown RAAF Commander Air Combat Group, Zed Robertson, describes the F35-A to a mixed Queensland and Hunter audience at Amberley.

Secuirty patrol one of the newly arrived F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

MPs Kate Washington, Meryl Swanson, Sharon Claydon and Tim Crakanthorp and Commander Air Combat Group Williamtown Zed Roberton listen to F-35 pilots Wing Commander Andrew Jackson and Squadron Leader David Bell. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Commander, Air Combat Group Williamtown, Zed Roberton speaks to media at an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Air Commander Ken Robinson speaks to media at t F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Air Commodore Craig Heap, Senior ADF officer at Williamtown RAAF, explains a delay in departure to passengers waiting at Williamtown RAAF base. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

One Nation Senator Brian Burston in conversation with Air Commodore Craig Heap. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Air Commodore Craig Heap, Senior ADF officer at Williamtown RAAF, explains a delay in departure to passengers waiting at Williamtown RAAF base. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Air Commodore Craig Heap, Senior ADF officer at Williamtown RAAF at an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Amberley Air Base, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Air Commodore Craig Heap, Senior ADF officer at Williamtown RAAF, explains a delay in departure to passengers waiting at Williamtown RAAF base. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Air Commander Ken Robinson (Amberley Air Base) speaks to reporters beside one of the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Air Commander Ken Robinson speaks to media at t F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 pilots Squadron Leader David Bell (L) and Wing Commander Andrew Jackson (R) speak to reporters beside one of the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets at a press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 pilots Squadron Leader David Bell (L) and Wing Commander Andrew Jackson (R) speak to reporters beside one of the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets at a press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Port Stephens MP Kate Washington. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Newcastle MP Tim Crakanthorp alights from an RAAF Wedgetail aircraft. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Air Commodore Craig Heap, Senior ADF officer at Williamtown RAAF at an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Amberley Air Base, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Security guard and dog shelter from the sun under the wing of one of the newly arrived F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets at a press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Security guard and dog shelter from the sun under the wing of one of the newly arrived F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets at a press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

TweetFacebook F-35As on display at Amberley – Pictures: Max Mason-HubersA selection of photographs from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet press event at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Picture: Max Mason-HubersA GROUP of Hunter MPs and community representatives flewto RAAF Base Amberley base on Monday for an up-close look at an F-35A Joint Strike Fighter –the futuristic jetbound for RAAF Base Williamtown from December 2018.

Two of the long-awaited and controversial strike fighters made theirAustralian debut on Friday at the Australian International Airshow at Avalon airport at Geelong.

The RAAF had originally announced that the jetswould circleover Newcastle on Sunday, en route to Amberley, but concerns over lightning meant this trip was cancelled.

The Newcastle invitees assembled at Williamtown at 8am on Monday, expecting to fly to Amberley in a C-130 Hercules, and to be there before the F-35As, which were flying from Geelong.

But a problem with the first plane meant leaving later in a plane with fewer seats –an E-7A Wedgetail– so some of the invitees had to stay behind. When the Newcastle group arrived the two F-35As were already parked up –one on display, one in a hangar –meaning it was a visual inspection only, with a perimeter barrier and a guard dog to ensure no-one came too close.

Despite these limitations, all who made the tripsaid they were glad the RAAF had reached out to them and the community, and that the visit to Amberley was worthwhile, even if those who were worried about aircraft noise didn’t get to hear the plane in action.

The head of the Amberley base, Air Commodore Ken Robinson, said the federal government had approved the purchase of 72 aircraft, together with weapons and support materiel.

Air Commodore Robinson said the first public flight of the F-35A at Avalon was “quite an extraordinary moment” and there was a definite “mood of excitement” at the airshow.

He said it was “usually decades between celebratory drinks” when it comes to acquiring new fighter aircraft –and it was definitely time for a celebratory drink.

Military personnel guard the the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Air Commodore Zed Roberton of Williamtown RAAF described the F35-A as “the world’s greatest 5th generation aircraft”, and he thanked the plane’s manufacturers, Lockheed Martin, and its other “US partners”.

Asked about the cost controversyover the F-35A, Air Commodore Robinson said its “unit costs continued to reduce”, and the average cost of an Australian plane off the production line was now $US90 million ($119 million at current exchange rates).

The two planes that had flown to Australia had been used for training purposes since December 2014. They were going back to Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix, Arizona, where more Australian pilots were being trained.

ARRIVAL: Port Stephens MP Kate Washington looks across to the F-35A on the tarmac, followed by Sue Birch of Medowie and Newcastle MP Tim Crakanthorp.

The two Australian pilots who brought their planes across are Wing Commander Andrew “Jacko” Jackson, 39, and Squadron Leader David Bell, 37, both of Williamtown base.

Wing Commander Jackson had been at Williamtown from 1999 until his posting to Arizona in 2014, and Squadron Leader Bell, a test pilot, had been at Williamtown for more than six years.

Describing the plane, the pair said it flew at Mach 1.6, or almost2000 kilometres per hour. But it was the “situational awareness” that the pilots had in their helmets, which gave them 360 degree vision without having to move, and the weaponry, that set it apart, rather than outright speed.

Queensland media at Amberley on Monday were keen to talk up the potential for F-35As to be at the Ipswich base, but Wing Commander Jackson said: “We’ve had a long association with Newcastle, it’s a fantastic place to live, and it’s been the home of the fighters for a long time and that is going to continue into the future.”

Williamtown base commander Air Commodore Craig Heap said the RAAF was working closely with the community both on the preparations for the F-35A and the firefighting foam contamination problems.

Air Commodore Heap said Williamtown’s runway extensions meant the F-35A would be able to take off without its afterburners –the main noise concern with the plane.

The Labor federal member for Paterson, Meryl Swanson, said the visit had been worthwhile but she and the members of the Williamtown Advisory Group and the Community Reference Group who had made the trip were disappointed that they did not get to hear the plane.

One Nation Senator Brian Burston said noise was a secondary concern given how much Williamtown did for the defence of the nation

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