It’s Pitch Black 2008. It’s RTAF Show Time In Australia. [1]

Royal Thai Air Force paticipates Exercise Pitch Black every 2 years of this training. This year Pitch Black return again.

All photo from. http://www.defence.gov.au/pitchblack08/index.htm

EXERCISE PITCH BLACK 2008 GEARS UP NORTHERN TERRITORY FOR AIR-TO-AIR COMBAT



Final preparations have begun for the most complex air combat training scenarios above the skies of the Northern Territory. From 6-27 June, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will host an array of international Air Force participants in Exercise Pitch Black 08.

Pitch Black is a regular RAAF exercise held every two years in the Northern Territory.

Up to 3000 service men and women from Australia and countries including the United States, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and France will support the exercise, with ground crews and aircrews operating some of the most sophisticated military systems employed in the world.

An additional 60 aircraft from the RAAF and participating Forces will deploy to RAAF Base Darwin and RAAF Base Tindal, near Katherine. Fighter, strike, early warning, air-to-air refuelling and transport aircraft will combine with selected surface forces and systems to simulate and evaluate operational planning and tactics in war-like conditions.

In appreciation of the continued support of the Northern Territory community, RAAF Base Darwin will host an open day on Saturday, 14 June between 10.00am and 2.00pm. Open day visitors will have an opportunity to get close up to the aircraft and personnel participating in Exercise Pitch Black 08.

Significantly, this year’s Pitch Black will see the inclusion of forces from NATO and the Royal Malaysian Air Force, and will make use of the Joint and Combined Training Centre to interweave simulated assets into the live missions. Pitch Black 08 will also be the last major exercise for the Royal Australian Air Force Boeing 707 refuelling aircraft, with its impending retirement from service during 2008.

“Exercise Pitch Black is a great opportunity for participating personnel to demonstrate their capacity to operate tactically in a coalition environment,” said the Exercise Director, Air Commodore Neil Hart, Commander Air Combat Group.

“Throughout this exercise, participating nations will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to participate and contribute in a multi-national defence exercise, across cultures and regions,” Air Commodore Hart said.

http://www.defence.gov.au/media/Depa…CurrentId=7809

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Corporal Mark Montefiroe marshals in a Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) Airbus 310 at RAAF Base Darwin, which is carrying RTAF members and cargo in preparation for Exercise Pitch Black 2008.

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Members of the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) arrive at RAAF Base Darwin in preparation for Exercise Pitch Black 2008.

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Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) members work together to unload the cargo from a RTAF Airbus 310 at RAAF Base Darwin, in preparation for Exercise Pitch Black 2008.

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A Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) Airbus 310 jet touches down at RAAF Base Darwin, carrying RTAF members and cargo in preparation for Exercise Pitch Black 2008.

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Corporal Mark Montefiroe marshals in a Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) Airbus 310 jet at RAAF Base Darwin carrying RTAF members and cargo, in preparation for Exercise Pitch Black 2008.

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(Left to right) Wing Commander Visut Sempugdee, Flying Officer Sittichai Sriusphan and Flight Sergent Tosapoi Changsaeng of the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF), arrive in Darwin for Exercise Pitch Black 2008.

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A Royal Thai Air Force F-16 arrives at RAAF Base Darwin in preparation for Exercise Pitch Black 08.

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A Royal Thai Air Force F-16 Fighter Jet taxi’s in after flying back from Tindal as another prepares to leave Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Darwin in preparation for Exercise Pitch Black 2008.

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A series of Royal Thai Air Force F-16 Fighter Jets take off at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Darwin as part of Exercise Pitch Black 2008.

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Air Commander Australia, Air Vice-Marshal Mark Binskin passes a fleet of Royal Thai Air Force F-16 fighter jets in his CL-604 Challenger, as he arrives at RAAF Base Darwin, for Exercise Pitch Black 2008.

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An F-16 from the Royal Thai Air Force lands at RAAF Base Darwin after another sortie during Exercise Pitch Black.

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Royal Thai Air Force F-16 tails are silhouetted against the dusk glow at RAAF Base Darwin during Exercise Pitch Black 08.

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Dusk approaches as Royal Thai Air Force ground crew continue to work on an F-16 at RAAF Base Darwin during Exercise Pitch Black 08.

 
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