Avalon Air Show 2013

The Avalon Air Show is a bi-annual event held at Avalon Airport in Victoria, Australia. I have been to all 11 of these shows to date (1992, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013) and as it is the only major international air event in Australia it always draws big crowds and some spectacular aerial displays. This years show was dominated by the presence of the USAF Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor demo team, the RAAF Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornets (“Rhino“) and an incredible variety of aerobatic performances!

RAAF Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet Avalon Air Show 2013
RAAF Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet
USAF Boeing B-52H Stratofortress Avalon Air Show 2013
USAF Boeing B-52H Stratofortress
USAF F-16 & F-22 Fighters Avalon 2013
USAF F-16 & F-22 Fighters
RAAF Orion P-3 Orion Avalon Air Show 2013
RAAF P-3 Orion
RAAF P-3 Orion Avalon Air Show 2013
RAAF P-3 Orion
Otto Schweitzer Helicopter Avalon Air Show 2013
“Otto” the Schweitzer Helicopter doing some novelty flying
RAAF F/A-18F "Rhino" Super Hornet Avalon Air Show 2013
RAAF F/A-18F “Rhino” Super Hornet
RAAF F/A-18F Avalon Air Show 2013
RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornet “Rhino”
Tinstix of Dynamite Avalon Air Show 2013
“Tinstix of Dynamite”
Tinstix of Dynamite Avalon Air Show 2013
“Tinstix of Dynamite”
Tinstix of Dynamite Avalon Air Show 2013
“Tinstix of Dynamite”
Tinstix of Dynamite Avalon Air Show 2013
“Tinstix of Dynamite”
Tinstix of Dynamite Avalon Air Show 2013
“Tinstix of Dynamite”
Tinstix of Dynamite Avalon Air Show 2013
“Tinstix of Dynamite”
Salto Jet Glider Avalon 2013
Salto Jet Glider
British aerobatic champion Mark Jefferies flying a Extra 330LX Avalon 2013
British aerobatic champion Mark Jefferies flying a Extra 330LX
USAF F-16 Avalon Air Show 2013
USAF F-16 prepares for takeoff
USAF F-16 Avalon Air Show 2013
The F-16 takes off with afterburner
USAF F-16 Avalon Air Show 2013
F-16 Landing

Classic jet fighters and warbirds were not forgotten in the air displays. Many of the former fighters of the RAAF flew throughout the day.

CAC Sabre Avalon Air Show 2013
CAC Sabre
Meteor Sabre Boomerang Avalon Air Show 2013
RAAF history – Gloster Meteor, CAC Sabre & CAC Boomerang
CAC Boomerang Avalon Air Show 2013
CAC Boomerang
Gloster Meteor Avalon Air Show 2013
Gloster Meteor – RAAF Korean war era jet fighter
CAC Sabre Avalon Air Show 2013
CAC Sabre
Sabre landing Avalon Air Show 2013 Victoria Australia
CAC Sabre landing
Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk Avalon Air Show 2013
The Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk was the fighting workhorse of the RAAF in WW2
"Black Cat" PBY Catalina Avalon Air Show 2013
“Black Cat” PBY Catalina
Temora Lockheed Hudson Avalon Air Show 2013
The only flying Lockheed Hudson bomber left in the world today

Matt Hall, “Australia’s own Top Gun” performed an impressive aerobatic display. He is a former fighter pilot and Red Bull racer. He has flown over 200 aircraft including those flown by the RAAF and USAF.

Australias own "Top Gun" Matt Hall in his MXR-S Avalon Air Show 2013
Australias own “Top Gun” Matt Hall in his MXR-S
Australias own "Top Gun" Matt Hall in his MXR-S Avalon Air Show 2013
Australias own “Top Gun” Matt Hall in his MXR-S

The USAF Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor air dominance fighter was described by the demo team announcer as a “first look, first shoot, first kill” aircraft. “Bring the Freedom Thunder“!

USAF Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor Avalon Air Show 2013
F-22 Raptor warming up
USAF Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor Avalon Air Show 2013
The Raptor takes off with the afterburner blazing
USAF Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor Avalon Air Show 2013 Concealed weapons bay
The Raptor concealed weapons bays
USAF Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor Avalon Air Show 2013
The lines of the Raptor are something to behold
USAF Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor Avalon Air Show 2013
Awesome machine!
USAF Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor Avalon Air Show 2013
The Raptor lands after an impressive display

The Royal Australian Air Force Roulettes display team are always a great hit at air shows around the country. They fly their Pilatus PC-9 turbo-prop trainers with great precision.

RAAF Roulettes Avalon 2013
RAAF Roulettes open their display
RAAF Roulettes Avalon 2013
The Roulettes fly over a Super Constellation
RAAF Roulettes Avalon 2013
Roulettes 7 joins the rest of the team
RAAF Roulettes Avalon 2013
Roulettes head on

Another training aircraft of the RAAF is the BAE Hawk 127 lead in fighter trainer. This nimble little jet put on an impressive display!

RAAF BAE Hawk 127 Avalon Air Show 2013
The Hawk prepares for takeoff
RAAF BAE Hawk 127 Avalon Air Show 2013
The Hawk takes flight
RAAF BAE Hawk 127 Avalon Air Show 2013
The Hawk displaying its landing parachute used to slow it down

The RAAF transport fleet were also busy during the show with a static display of the newest aircraft on the RAAF inventory the Airbus KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT that is equipped with both drogue and boom refuelling mechanisms) and flying displays by the newest Boeing C-17 Globemaster III and Lockheed C-130J Hercules. A now retired but revered aircraft in RAAF service the De Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou also graced our skies once again.

RAAF KC-30 MRTT Avalon Air Show 2013
The new RAAF Airbus KC-30A MRTT
RAAF KC-30 MRTT Avalon Air Show 2013
RAAF KC-30 MRTT
RAAF C-17 Globemaster III Avalon Air Show 2013
The Globemaster III prepares for takeoff
RAAF C-17 Avalon Air Show 2013
the RAAF’s newest C-17 Globemaster III takes to the air after a very short distance
RAAF C-17 Globemaster III
RAAF C-17 Globemaster III
RAAF C-130J Avalon Air Show 2013
RAAF Lockheed C-130J Hercules
DHC-4 Caribou Avalon Air Show 2013
DHC-4 Caribou
DHC-4 Caribou Avalon Air Show 2013
DHC-4 Caribou

The Caribou has been in use for 45 years and only retired from RAAF service in 2009! It is now operated by the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society who also operate the spectacular Lockheed Super ConstellationConnie” (the first large prop driven airliner) which was rescued from the Arizona desert a few years back, restored and returned to the air!

Super Constellation Avalon Air Show 2013
Super Constellation “Connie”
Super Constellation Connie Avalon Air Show 2013
“Connie” makes an impressive sight in the air and takes you back to to the golden age of passenger flights

Although they are a mainstay in European air shows Breitling aircraft are a rarity down under, so it was a welcome addition to Avalon 2013 to see a bit of old school barnstorming with the Breitling Wing Walkers! Although the strong cross winds meant their aircraft could not fly in formation, these daredevil ladies brought some glamour to the air show and created a lot of interest in the crowd too!

Breitling Wingwalkers Avalon Air Show 2013
Breitling Wingwalkers
Breitling Wingwalkers Avalon Air Show 2013
Breitling Wingwalkers
Breitling Wingwalkers Avalon Air Show 2013
Breitling Wingwalkers
Breitling Wingwalkers Avalon Air Show 2013
Breitling Wingwalkers
Breitling Wingwalkers Avalon Air Show 2013
The ladies of the Breitling Wingwalkers team

A unique display by the Royal Australian Air Force of some formation flying in the new Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet (“Rhino“) and then a ground attack demo was a fantastic finale to the air show. This was the first time I had ever seen the Super Hornet flown in formation with other Super Hornets. Great stuff!

RAAF F/A-18F Rhino Avalon Air Show 2013
Super Hornets heading for take off
RAAF Super Hornet Avalon Air Show 2013
Super Hornet away!
RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornets Avalon 2013
More RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornets preparing for take off
RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornet Formation Avalon Air Show 2013
Great flypast by the RAAF Super Hornets
Dirty Pass RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornet Formation Avalon Air Show 2013
“Dirty Pass”
RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornet Formation Avalon Air Show 2013
Diamond formation
RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornet Diamond Formation Avalon Air Show 2013
Diamond Pass
RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornet Landing Avalon Air Show 2013
Touch Down

There was something for everyone at Avalon this year and with sunny blue skies it was a fantastic day (although on the Saturday that I attended strong cross winds unfortunately prevented the Supermarine Spitfire and CAC P-51D Mustang from flying). The air show organisers also announced some great news that at least 5 more air shows have been guaranteed by the Victorian state government. Bring on Avalon 2015!

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5 thoughts on “Avalon Air Show 2013

  1. While in the past, the weekend air show has been very good and great entertainment, this year I feel that the it sadly lacked in presentation with, given the costs involved, the Friday night show probably the worst so far. Some lovely photos Deano.

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    1. Hi David, yes that is true and the cost has steadily increased too over the years. Having been to all the shows this certainly was probably the smallest by aircraft numbers, but the show has suffered a lot from “same same” for a number of shows (up until 2011) so it was kind of nice to have a lot more “showmanship” this time.

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