03-Mar-2017 10:00 AM

A Hawk 127 from 79 Squadron, RAAF Base Pearce, will showcase its aerial horsepower on Saturday and Sunday of the Clipsal 500 Adelaide.

What:             Hawk 127 lead-in fighter aircraft
Where:           Clipsal 500 Adelaide
When:             2.57pm Saturday
                         2.57pm Sunday
                         3.11 Sunday – fast jet salute following the National Anthem

The Hawk 127 lead-in fighter is a low-wing, all-metal aircraft, fitted with an integrated navigation and attack system, powered by a single Adour Mk 871 turbofan engine. It measures 11.95 metres long, has a 9.39 metre wingspan and weighs in at 5,443 kg.

Capable of travelling at an impressive 1,207 km/hr, the Hawk 127 prepares qualified Air Force pilots for operational conversion to F/A-18A and F/A-18B Hornets and F/A-18F Super Hornets.

The Hawk 127’s armament system provides for the carriage, aiming and release of both practice weapons and conventional and laser-guided bombs, AIM-9M “Sidewinder” missiles and a 30mm cannon. The stores are carried on two wingtip missile stations or pylon-mounted on four underwing and one centreline hardpoints.

The Hawk 127 has an integrated avionics system. The principal components are two display and mission computers, which coordinate, process and command the display of information from the communications, navigation and attack sub-systems. Each cockpit has hands-on-throttle-and-stick controls.

A Head-Up Display in the front cockpit and Multi-Function Displays in each cockpit present a range of flight information, ranging from aircraft performance and altitude through to equipment status reports, while mission-specific data can be pre-programmed by the pilot and downloaded into the system.

Military flying displays are subject to operational requirements.
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