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Prince William and Duchess Catherine inspect Super Hornets at Amberley

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speak to David Hurley on arrival at the RAAF base Amberley.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speak to David Hurley on arrival at the RAAF base Amberley. Photo: Harrison Saragossi

Do you fancy jumping in the back? These were Prince William's smooth words to Kate as the pair inspected the Super Hornets at Amberley Air Base.

It's day four of the royal tour and William and Kate are back on familiar ground.

Touring the Amberley Air Base- Australia's biggest operational military base - the pair has been shown the flagship Super Hornets.

Duchess Catherina inspects a Super Hornet at Amberley RAAF base.

Duchess Catherina inspects a Super Hornet at Amberley RAAF base. Photo: Channel Nine

The pair is touring No 1 Squadron at the base - which is the first Super Hornet squadron outside the US.

It's a plane William won't have flown himself in the UK.

He happily stepped into the flight seat, while Kate watched on.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the Royal Australian Airforce Base at Amberley.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the Royal Australian Airforce Base at Amberley. Photo: Chris Jackson

He then stepped into the back seat - where the weapons are controlled - allowing Kate to take the pilot’s seat.

Chief of Air Force Air Marshall Geoff Brown and Commanding Officer of Number 1 Squadron, Stephen Chappell talked the young royals through the jet’s operation.

Air Marshall Brown revealed the pair were preferring Australia’s weather to the conditions turned on by New Zealand - where it was cold and rained for most of the 10-day visit.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge inspects an honour Guard as he arrives at the Royal Australian Airforce Base at Amberley.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge inspects an honour Guard as he arrives at the Royal Australian Airforce Base at Amberley. Photo: Chris Jackson

‘‘They talked about the weather and that it was a lot better than when they were in New Zealand,’’ Air Marshall Brown said.

Commanding Officer Chappell said Kate was fascinated by the ‘‘dials and gadgets’’ on the Super Hornet.

He remarked there was some ‘‘biplay between the two as to who was sitting in what seat’’.

The royals signed the official visitors book and posed for a photo with members of the number one squadron, before being taken to a Super Hornet flight simulator.

Nine-month-old Prince George was absent, staying behind in Sydney with his nanny.

Their Royal Highnesses were greeted in Brisbane by Australian Defence Force chief David Hurley and wife Linda on the tarmac.

The duchess wore a white dress with blue poppies printed on it from British fashion house LKBennett and carried a handbag from Australian designer Oroton.

Her husband wore a black suit with a maroon and navy striped tie.

The RAAF band played verses from Advance Australia Fair and God Save the Queen as the duke inspected the waiting Royal Guard.

William is no stranger to the military having served more than seven years in the British army and air force.

Last September he finished a three-year tour of duty as a search and rescue helicopter pilot and has made sure to connect with service men and women during the Australian and New Zealand tour.

The prince chatted to Guard members during his inspection, pausing while four F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter jets flew over in formation to mark the event.

The couple will get a feel for how the fighter jet handles first hand when they're invited to experience a flight simulation shortly.

General Hurley and his wife shared banter with the duchess on the edge of the tarmac while the duke finished his inspection.

The royal couple then met Queensland's Governor Penelope Wensley, Premier Campbell Newman and his wife Lisa, Defence Minister David Johnston, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale and other VIPs, who were standing on a red carpet on the edge of the tarmac.

They couple were then whisked out of the hot Queensland sun to inspect one of the Super Hornet jets and meet members of the RAAF's No 1 Squadron.

The royal couple will later head to Brisbane’s South Bank for a civic reception.

Royal watchers are already gathering at the parkland precinct, hoping to steal a glimpse or perhaps a quick word with the couple during a public walk.

The couple will leave Brisbane to return to Sydney and Prince George, who did not fly to Brisbane, just after 3pm.

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