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The Australian International Airshow 2019 or better known as Avalon Airshow is in it’s fourteenth instalment this year. Held at Avalon Airport southwest of the city of Melbourne.
It is the largest and most comprehensive event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Opening on a Tuesday in the week for trade visitors and ending with three days of action-packed public flying displays complemented by an amazing array of static aircraft to view up close.
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) was out on full force displaying a whole fleet of assets from Helicopters, Transport aircraft and Fighters to the latest aquisition, the F-35A Joint Strik Fighter. On the civilian part of the flying display, many warbirds private organisations were represented. Making it’s debut for this event is the Russian Roolettes aerobatic team flying the Russian Tak-52 and Chinese Nanchung Cj6 aircrafts.
Here are some of the highlights of the aerial display.
01. Parachute Display with RAAF Ensign Flag
02. RAAF C-130J Hercules
03. RAAF P8A Poseidon
04. Jetworks Display Team SIAI-Marchetti S.211. The aircraft were previously operated by the Republic of Singapore Air Force and flown out of RAAF Pearce, WA in the training role before being replaced by the Pilatus PC21.
05. Jetworks Display Team SIAI-Marchetti S.211. The aircraft were previously operated by the Republic of Singapore Air Force and flown out of RAAF Pearce, WA in the training role before being replaced by the Pilatus PC21.
06. RAAF F-35A Joint Strike Fighter
07. RAAF F-35A Joint Strike Fighter
08. RAAF F-35A Joint Strike Fighter
09. JASDF Kawasaki C-2
10. USAF F-22A Raptor
11. RAAF F-35A Joint Strik Fighter and 2 F/A-18 Hornets
12. RAAF F-35A Joint Strike Fighter
13. RAAF F-18B Hornet
14. RAAF F-18B Hornet
15. The SkyAces are Australia’s only high performance civilian aerobatic team consisting of four biplanes piloted by of Australia’s finest aerobatic pilots
16. The Cessna A-37B Dragonfly is a development of an aircraft originally designed, in 1952 (the T37 Tweet) as a trainer for the US Air Force. The A-37B in its current configuration is designed as a ground attack aircraft and was developed to meet the COIN (counter insurgency) role.
17. RAAF KC-30A MRTT refuelling 2 F/A-18 Hornets
18. RAAF CH-47 Chinoook
19. MH-60R Seahawk
20. Air Bandits display team with pilots from Lithuania and Romania.
21. Russian Roolettes making it’s debut appearance for the Avalon Airshow.
22. Russian Roolettes Yak-52
23. Russian Roolettes Nanchung Cj6
24. RAAF F/A-18B Hornet
25. Formation of 4 RAAF F/A-18 Hornets
26. Formation of 4 RAAF F/A-18 Hornets
27. USAF B-52 Stratofortress
28. RAAF C-17A Globemaster III
29. Parachute fireworks
30. RAAF C-130J Hercules Flares display
31. RAAF C-130J Hercules Flares display
32. Flare Display by RAAF F/A-18 Hornet
33. Finale Fireworks with RAAF F/A-18 Hornet
34. Finale Fireworks with RAAF F/A-18 Hornet