RAAF CENTENARY OF MILITARY AVIATION AIR SHOW
I'll warn you in advance. There are a lot of pictures here. A lot. But it's worth looking through as they're awesome (I'm not the least bit biased :) ).
The show program was in a semi-chronological order of the type of aircraft the RAAF have flown, so I will present my photos in a similar manner to how we saw them displayed. Where appropriate, I'll mix in some static shots with the flying shots. Finally, the end will be a shots of the static displays, demo's and a few from the RAAF museum that is on site.
Unfortunately, the weather didn't join the party. Conditions all day Saturday and the best part of Sunday morning were overcast which made photography very hard. The majority of the shots posted here will be from Sunday. So, on to the show and the photos....
At 7:40am on the 1st March 1914, a Boxkite flew at Point Cook. 100 years later, down to the minute... a replica Boxkite flew at Point Cook. On Sunday, weather conditions (mainly wind) were so good that the Boxkite flew just prior to the show opening...
Show Opening - Parachute Display
WW1 - Sopwith Pup
(where a Hornet blasted past and displayed - I'll save those pics for later...)
Tiger Moth, Avro Cadet, Gypsy, Auster
Harvards (Southern Knights display team) & Wirraway
Winjeels & CT-4
The jets: Vampire & Hawk (current jet trainer)
Naval Helicopter Trainer - Squirrels
Also during lunch 6 red PC-9A aircraft took off....
They were the opening display after lunch and it was a fantastic display.
RAAF Display team
WW2: The Sports Aircraft
Stinson & Staggerwing
WW2: First Frontline/Home Front
Catalina, Hudson, Boomerang, Kittyhawk & Mustang
C-47, Kittyhawk, Spitfire, P-51
P-51, Meteor, Sabre
Bird Dog, Caribou & Iroquois
F/A-18A "Classic" Hornet
KC-30A & Wedgetail
King Air, Hercules & C-17 (this thing is huge!)
And then, finally.... BOOM!
F/A-18F "Super" Hornet
And then, just like the Classic Hornets before... it went vertical and in seconds was gone from sight!
Static Displays, Demos & RAAF Museum
All in all, a great weekend, a great trip and a fantastic air show.
Congratulations RAAF on 100 years.