A Very Colorful Hornet Unveiled At Avalon 2015

  • Feb 24, 2015 7:39am GMT

The Royal Australian Air Force demonstrated their commitment to Indigenous men and women who have served and continue to serve, by presenting this Worimi F/A 18 Hornet at Avalon 2015.

Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown AO, unveiled the fighter in honour of the Traditional Owners of the land on which RAAF Base Williamtown now sits. He said, “This initiative expresses the Air Force’s commitment to embracing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and contribution. Air Force values the diversity of all our people, and this aircraft is a way to recognise Indigenous inclusion in a significant way.” He added, “I am delighted that the aircraft also features the pilot markings of the late Warrant Officer Len Waters – Air Force’s first known Aboriginal fighter pilot.

The artwork is by Australian design studio Balarinji, and depicts Kilyarr Kilyarr, the Wedgetail Eagle—a powerful bird of prey which dominates the skies over Australian land and seascapes. Worimi Elders and relatives of Len Waters’ attended the unveiling as you can watch in the video below.

The Australian International Airshow pays tribute to the heroes of military aviation.

Video: Royal Australian Air Force