During the Avalon Australian International Airshow 2019 (March 1st to 3rd) there was also a Friday night show. The glorious sunset made a great backdrop for the twilight flying displays and then the night program featured massive flare drops, aircraft pyrotechnics and yes, even unplanned grass fires!
A crowd favourite was a single pass by a USAF Boeing B-52H Stratofortress strategic bomber. You could see this smokey BUFF long before it passed the crowd line on a long training flight from Guam. Straight after the big bombers pass, the crew headed back to their base in Guam!
The B-52 pass was then a little overshadowed by the RAAF with an impressive flying display of a McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B Hornet. Hurtling from the Avalon runway with the afterburners blazing away the skilled pilot lit up the sky with a handling display that kept the afterburners on for most of it! The crowd must have all had a huge grin on their face after this performance, I know I did!
As the sun truly went down and we entered darkness, the pyrotechnics on the air and ground truly kicked off. Flight displays with pyrotechnics firing from the wings of a glider flown by Johan Gustafsson and a modified Scandinavian Airshows Grumman Ag Cat set the tone, then the RAAF topped the lot!
That Friday of the airshow was a very hot 40C day, so the sunset and dark of night was very welcome! Along with the cooler air, the night show was an impressive close to the day. Yet the “Wall of Fire” towards the end of the show certainly turned up the heat again!