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Pitch Black Air Combat exercise

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posted on Jul, 19 2004 @ 04:31 AM
At the moment in Australia there is a air combat exercise going on in the northern territory where a group of different nations are participating in this exercise. About 75 air craft from Australia and France, Singapore and Thai air force are there but the Americans can not make it at the moment due to there commitments in Iraq and will be participating as normal when the war is over there.

is the Royal Australian Air Force's largest exercise. It provides participants with high complexity Air Combat training opportunities. Pitch Black exercises are held biennially. Pitch Black 2004 will be conducted in the Top End between 19 July and 5 August 2004
There will be approximately 1000 additional personnel deployed to RAAF Base Darwin and a further 700 personnel deployed to RAAF Base Tindal.
Approximately 75 aircraft will participate in Exercise Pitch Black 2004.

Participating personnel

Australian personnel drawn from Bases across Australia representing Air Combat Group, Surveillance and Response Group, Combat Support Group, Air Lift Group and the Australian Army.

Pitch Black 04 Participants Details

Royal Australian Air Force and Australian Army

F-111 Strike/Reconnaissance

F/A-18 Hornet Fighter (counter air)/Strike/Offensive Air Support

Rapier Ground Based Air Defense (SAM)

French Air Force

Mirage 2000 Multi-role fighter

Republic of Singapore Air Force

F16 Falcon Multi-role fighter

Note not all air craft show for more details go to

source a lot more infomation is on this site with pictures and video

posted on Jul, 19 2004 @ 06:22 AM
How come the US air force isn't there i know it cant be cuz the situation in Iraq they have a carrier that provides air support in Iraq the navy is not the air force and currently our air force is doing nothing so iím surprised they aren't participating.

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