|Photographer||Parker, David Dare|
|Object type||Black & white - Film original negative 35mm safety base|
|Place made||Qatar: Al Udeid|
|Date made||c April 2003|
|Credit line||Acquired through Australian War Memorial official commission 2003|
An unidentified member of the ground crew assists Flight Lieutenant Peter Weekes, (seated in the cockpit) as he prepares for a routine training flight in his FA-18 Hornet aircraft. Both are from both from 75 Squadron RAAF. 75 Squadron operated throughout the Middle East area of operations, initially to provide protection to Coalition aircraft including air to air refuelers and intelligence aircraft. The Squadron's role was later extended to include strike missions against military targets including tanks, artillery and anti-aircraft systems. 75 Squadron operated in the Middle East as part of the Australian commitment to the Coalition forces assembled to disarm Iraq.