Lismore’s Australian Air Force Cadets will hit new heights this weekend when they take a flight with an Air Force Hercules.

Arriving at Ballina Airport, the Hercules will be on a training flight from Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Richmond and is slated to carry approximately 40 cadets from the local area, including Lismore’s No. 326 Squadron AAFC.

Behind the controls will be Flying Officer Steven Andrews, a Hercules pilot and formerly an Australian Air Force Cadet from Lismore.

During their flight, the Cadets will receive a first-hand experience of RAAF personnel and equipment at work.

Operated by No. 37 Squadron, the Hercules is a key combat airlift aircraft with the RAAF.

The Hercules is a workhorse of the RAAF, and is often the first aircraft called into an area following a disaster.

It can carry up to 20 tonnes of humanitarian supplies.

In recent years, RAAF Hercules have proven their humanitarian relief capability in Papua New Guinea, Sumatra, Bali and Iran.

Three Hercules are currently deployed in support of Australian Defence Force personnel in the Middle East Area of Operations.

  • What: Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) will board a RAAF C-130 Hercules for a flight along the NSW and Queensland coast.
  • Where: Ballina Airport. The aircraft will conduct a flight with Cadets on board, at an altitude of approximately 150 metres along the northern NSW and Queensland coast.
  • When: The aircraft will arrive at Ballina at approximately 10.15am on Saturday, 12 July. The flight will begin at approximately 11am.