Australian International Airshow 2017 – International Military Visitors

In addition to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) assets the Avalon Australian International Airshow 2017 also included international military flying displays from the USAF and RNZAF. The USAF solo handling displays were performed admirably in a General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon (aka “Viper”) multi-role fighter and the always impressive Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor air dominance fighter of the USAF Raptor Demo Team. Noisy and fast, just the way we like it!

USAF F-16C Avalon 2017
USAF General Dynamics F-16C Fighting Falcon (aka “Viper”) multi-role fighter take off at Avalon 2017
USAF F-16C Avalon 2017
The F-16C handling display brought the thunder!
USAF F-22A Avalon 2017
USAF Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor air dominance fighter take off at Avalon 2017
USAF F-22A Avalon 2017
The F-22A is as sleek as it is deadly
USAF F-22A Avalon 2017
The F-22A comes in for a landing at Avalon 2017

The Kiwi’s conducted a polished tactical handling display in their RNZAF Lockheed C-130H Hercules transport. It was good to see our Commonwealth cousins from across the ditch participate in the air show.

RNZAF C-130H Hercules Avalon 2017
RNZAF Lockheed C-130H Hercules heads into Avalon to conduct a tactical handling display
RNZAF C-130H Hercules Avalon 2017
The RNZAF operate 5 C-130H medium transport aircraft
RNZAF C-130H Hercules Avalon 2017
A C-130H “fast pass” at Avalon 2017
RNZAF C-130H Hercules Avalon 2017
RNZAF Lockheed C-130H Hercules
RNZAF C-130H Hercules Avalon 2017
The RNZAF Herc heads back to its static display area at Avalon 2017

There were also plenty of static displays at Avalon 2017 including numerous international military aircraft and some interesting civilian transport aircraft that were not part of the flying display. These included aircraft from the US Air Force, US Army, US Navy, Republic of Singapore Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Force and French Air Force.

RNZAF C-130H, RCAF C-130J, USAF F-16C and F-22A fighters, USAF KC-135R Stratotanker and US Navy P-8A Poseidon Avalon 2017
RNZAF C-130H, RCAF C-130J, USAF F-16C and F-22A fighters, USAF KC-135R Stratotanker and US Navy P-8A Poseidon
US Army Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopter at Avalon 2017 (next to a USAF B-1B Lancer bomber)
US Army Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopter at Avalon 2017 (next to a USAF B-1B Lancer bomber) – that 30mm chain gun is a beast!
Republic of Singapore Air Force Boeing F-15SG Strike Eagle's, Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker air refuelling aircraft and Lockheed C-130H Hercules transport Avalon 2017
Republic of Singapore Air Force Boeing F-15SG Strike Eagle’s, Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker air refuelling aircraft and Lockheed C-130H Hercules transport
USAF Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor alongside a massive Russian Antonov An-124 Condor transport and USAF B-1B Lancer bomber Avalon 2017
USAF Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor alongside a massive Russian Antonov An-124 Condor transport and USAF B-1B Lancer bomber
French Air Force Casa CN-235 and USAF Rockwell B-1B Lancer strategic bomber Avalon 2017
French Air Force Casa CN-235 and USAF Rockwell B-1B Lancer strategic bomber

Avalon 2017 was primarily an Australian Defence Force show but the international presence is always welcome to spice up the air and static displays. Hopefully one day it can be arranged for our Asia regional neighbours to bring some of their Russian fighter tech!

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4 thoughts on “Australian International Airshow 2017 – International Military Visitors

  1. Those F-16’s are fantastic aircraft – I was blown away when the RNZAF’s were cancelled along with our fighter arm. Good to see one of our antique Hercules over there. I still have vivid memories of a low-level cargo penetration exercise in one of them across northern Hawke’s Bay – I was the tag-along journalist – which involved careful pre-flight planning to ensure we didn’t hit any 66Kv power lines. Those Hercules can really get down and dirty, and their ability to contour-follow is astonishing when you consider how big they are, relatively speaking, for that sort of work.

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