Big air defence exercise at Darwin

Accession Number F02818
Collection type Film
Measurement 2 min 10 sec
Object type To be confirmed
Physical description 16mm/b&w/silent
Place made Australia: Northern Territory, Darwin
Date made May 1972
Access Open
Conflict Period 1970-1979
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

The air defences of Northern Australia are to be tested by strike aircraft from three countries, playing the role of the enemy aircraft. Darwin air base will be defended by Mirage fighter of the RAAF. Exercise "Top Limit", is the first major air exercise staged in Australia since the RAAF ended its operations in Vietnam. More than 50 aircraft are taking part in the exercise, including RAF Vulcan bombers from the U.K.; Douglas A4 Skyhawk attack bombers from New Zealand, and RAAF F4E Phantoms, Neptunes, Hercules and Caribou aircraft. Over 1,500 men are based at Darwin and Tindal, 200 miles to the south for the duration of the exercise.

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