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… Read More Avalon Australian International Airshow 2019 Night Show
It was windy, dusty and hot, very hot, at Avalon this year! Temperatures pushed upwards of 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) and it was not for the feint hearted – heat stroke was apparently a problem in the crowd on the public days (March 1st to 3rd)! I have been to many scorching shows in… Read More Avalon Australian International Airshow 2019
The mass flypast of current Polish Armed Forces aircraft and helicopters to open the Radom Air Show 2017 was a beauty! To see formations of Sukhoi Su-22M4 Fitter and Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-29 Fulcrum combat aircraft flyover was something special!
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… Read More Australian International Airshow 2017 – International Military Visitors
Australian Defence Force (ADF) Showcase The ADF Showcase component of the Avalon Australian International Airshow 2017 demonstrated the defence operation capabilities of a joint Australian Defence Force task force featuring fighter jets, helicopters, maritime patrol and support aircraft from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Royal Australian Army and Royal Australian Navy. Lets now take a look at… Read More Australian International Airshow 2017 – Avalon’s ADF Showcase Part III
2014 marks the centenary of military aviation in Australia. To commemorate this I am writing a six-part series of articles on the key stages of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF): The Early Years – 1914 to 1939 (World War One and the interwar years), World War Two – 1939 to 1945, The Cold War… Read More A Brief History of the Royal Australian Air Force: Peacekeeping and Modern Conflicts – 1973 to 2014
2014 marks the centenary of military aviation in Australia. To commemorate this I am writing a six-part series of articles on the key stages of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF): The Early Years – 1914 to 1939 (World War One and the interwar years), World War Two – 1939 to 1945, The Cold War… Read More A Brief History of the Royal Australian Air Force: South East Asian Conflicts – 1950 to 1972
The US Marine Corps recently took up residence at The Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington as part of Marines Week (July 26th to August 3rd, 2014). This also tied in with the annual Seafair Boeing Air Show. Aircraft were not only on static display but were also taking of from Boeing Field right next… Read More Marines Week at Seattle’s Museum of Flight
With the relaxing of the budget, 2014 has seen a limited return to the US air show circuit of military jets including the US Navy Blue Angels display team who fly the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet. I am happy to say I got to see the Blues once again at the Sun ‘n Fun air show in Lakeland,… Read More 2014: The Return of the US Navy Blue Angels
“Death Angel” is a USAF Lockheed AC-130H “Spectre” gunship (a modified Lockheed C-130 Hercules) used for close air support, interdiction, recon and base protection duties. The original AC-130A model was introduced in 1968 and developed to take over from its Vietnam era predecessor the Douglas AC-47 “Spooky” gunship. The various models of the “Spectre” have been used in missions over Vietnam,… Read More Don’t mess with the Spectre!