The Super Hornets fly in formation over the Gold Coast yesterday.
The Super Hornets fly in formation over the Gold Coast yesterday. Scott Powick

Hornets create a Super sight

A SUNNY day brought the crowds out on southern Gold Coast beaches yesterday, but they were looking to the skies rather than the sea.

A wing of 16 F/A-18F Super Hornets did a flypast yesterday to meet the last four fighters to be delivered to RAAF Base Amberley.

About 100 people walked onto the beach at Currumbin alley about 30 minutes before the 10.28am flypast to get a glimpse of the military hardware.

Brent Matthews, of Currumbin, was on the beach to watch the once-in-a-lifetime event.

"This is going to be the first and last time we will be able to see something like this," Mr Matthews said.

"We just like the planes."

Fellow Currumbin resident Ken Stafford agreed it was a special event.

"Usually I would see three or four fly past over the ocean, but nothing like this," he said.

"It's about $5 billion worth of equipment."

With military precision, the tight formation of 16 Super Hornets passed overhead at 10.28am on the dot before turning to sea to meet up with the latest arrivals.

The 20 fighters returned to RAAF Base Amberley after crossing the coast again at Noosa Heads and continuing the tour down the Sunshine Coast.



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