Two RAAF Hawk’s will add to Saturday’s Aircraft Showcase- Jet Fighters impressive line up of aircraft. The Cessna A37 Dragonfly will not by flying as per the original program but has been replaced by the ever popular Spitfire Mk VIII, Wirraway and two visiting Harvard’s. The Meteor and Sabre will complete the flying program for what will be a huge day for the second last Aircraft Showcase for 2010. One of the RAAF Hawks will be on static display and the other will take to the skies and perform a high energy low level aerobatic display.

It has been some time since the RAAF Hawks have made an appearance at Temora so be sure to come out and experience Aircraft Showcase-Fighters and see them in detail. The Royal Australian Air Force Hawk 127 is primarily used for initial or lead-in fighter training to prepare aircrew for operational conversion to the F/A-18 Hornet fighter. It is operated by No 76 Squadron at RAAF Base Williamtown, near Newcastle, and No 79 Squadron at RAAF Base Pearce, near Perth.

The Hawk 127 is a low-wing all-metal aircraft, fitted with an integrated navigation and attack system, and powered by a single Adour Mk 871 turbofan engine. The avionics system is integrated via a 1553 multiplex database. The principle components are two display and mission computers (DMCs), which co-ordinate, process and command the display of information from the communications, navigation and attack sub-systems. Each cockpit has hands-on-throttle-and-stick (HOTAS) controls.

The head-up display (HUD) in the front cockpit and three colour multi-function displays (MFD) in each cockpit present a range of flight information, ranging from aircraft performance and attitude through to equipment status reports. Mission-specific data can be pre-programmed by the pilot and downloaded into the system. Equipment performance, aircraft fatigue and engine life data is monitored and recorded by a health and usage monitoring system (HUMS).

The Hawk 127 armament system provides for the carriage, aiming and release or firing of practice and Mk 82 bombs, AIM-9M Sidewinder missiles and a 30mm cannon. The stores are carried on two wingtip missile stations or pylon-mounted on four underwing and one centreline hardpoints. A 30mm Aden cannon carried in a gun pod can be installed on the centreline station in place of the pylon. Stores are controlled by the integrated stores management system (SMS).

Click on the link top see a video clip on the RAAF Hawk courtesy of Air Force’s YouTube Channel

Aircraft Showcase gives you a more detailed experience from the pilots perspective but also includes insights from our engineers with the Engineering Hangar Tour becoming one of the most popular parts of the day. The Engineering Hangar Tour encourages our visitors to talk one-on-one with our experienced team as they give detailed demonstrations and talks on the various aspects and operations of our aircraft.

For this Saturdays Engineering Tour some interesting demonstrations are planned. David Finch, our jet engine specialist, has a Rolls Royce Avon jet engine stripped down so you can see the internal workings, and he will be showing an animated video of how a jet engine functions. The Sabres, gas operated, Aden cannon will be on display with our engineers showing you how they work as well as a Pratt & Whitney R1340 cut-away engine showing the amazing internal workings as it is rotated.

So with the RAAF Hawks making an appearance, six other warbird aircraft and an array of interesting engineering demonstrations planned there has never been better opportunity to come and experience Aircraft Showcase.

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