Hunter’s first look at new Joint Strike Fighters | photos

THE RAAF has shown off its F-35 joint strike fighter jet to a group of visitors flown on Monday from Newcastle to the Amberley airbase near Ipswich.

GROUNDED: The Joint Strike Fighter on display. Picture: Ian Kirkwood

GROUNDED: The Joint Strike Fighter on display. Picture: Ian Kirkwood

With the $90 million plane parked on display on the tarmac, RAAF brass welcomed the Newcastle contingent which included MPs and members of the Williamtown community.

Long time Salt Ash resident Robyn Thompson said she still had concerns about noise.

It had been hoped that the Newcastle group would arrive at Amberley before the plane, enabling people to hear what it sounded like first hand.

But the JSF was already parked when the group arrived at Ipswich, making it a "sight only" inspection.

Pilot Andrew Jackson said he did not believe the JSF was any noisier than the F/A-18 now at Williamtown.

But Paterson MP Meryl Swanson said the people that she had spoken to this morning was still very concerned about the noise.

The group is flying back to Williamtown on Monday afternoon.