Royal Australian Air Force planes zipped past Wollongong on Thursday as part of their tactical formation flying training, appearing as black shadows on the cloudy sky.
The C-130J Hercules aircraft departed in pairs from the RAAF base in Richmond early in the morning to train in the air over the state’s Central West, before heading towards Kiama and flying to Sydney over the water.
Each Hercules can carry 20 tonnes of cargo or more than 120 passengers. They are regularly used for search and rescue, aero-medical evacuations and to support communities stricken by disaster, delivering large amounts of cargo and personnel in a short time period.
PICTURE: ANDY ZAKELI