A pair of recently decommissioned F/A-18A Hornets are set to take up residence at their new home at the Australian War Memorial.
The first of which was moved with the assistance of Hogans Heavy Haulage from RAAF Base Williamstown to Canberra as part of a heritage display.
Prime Mover understands this is the first time one of these legendary aircraft has been transported in such a heavy haulage operation in country.
Retired on 14 May, 2020, the F/A-18A Hornet A21-022 had completed 30 years of service and 6131.5 flying hours with the Royal Australian Air Force.
The aircraft, partially disassembled for transport, began its journey yesterday supervised on behalf of Simon National Carriers by Hogans Heavy Haulage which deployed a 685 horsepower Mack Super-Liner pulling a Tuff drop deck extendable trailer.
Gross combination mass according to the office of the Australian Defence Minister weighed in at around 35 tonnes.
Next month the aircraft will be reassembled at the Treloar Technology Centre by Boeing Defence Australia before an official handover ceremony to the Australian War Memorial planned in December.
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the expected arrival of the F/A-18A Hornet A21-022 today would be a major step in the preservation of Australian war history.
“This is a special aircraft for the RAAF,” said Price.
“It employed the first Australian weapon on Operation Falconer in 2003 and was also deployed on Operation Okra in 2016-2017.
“It is very fitting that it will now spend its next life on permanent display at the Australian War Memorial.
“This will be a fantastic opportunity for generations of Australians to view and appreciate example of Australian Air Force capability.”
The A21-022 left RAAF Base Williamtown yesterday and is expected to arrive at the Treloar Technology Centre in Canberra today.