Some shots from today’s programme. There are too many for one thread, so here are just some of the favourites
Super Constellation overflying the airfield during her handling display. One of only two remaining flying examples in the world.
…and backtracking along the runway to her parking spot on completion
Southern Knights performing some formation figures in their T-6s
Super Decathlon (took the pictures mainly for the Infinite Flight connection :) )
Wedgetail AEW departing to take part in the ADF showcase session
…followed by 2 Hornets
The F-35 was an unexpected guest that was announced as a last-minute performer. My last visit to the show was back in 2011 and at the time there was just an F-35 mockup on static display - nice to see a flying example in action. The thing is damn loud and very powerful, especially for a single-engine aircraft.
Australian C-17 coming in for a simulated assault landing
BAe Hawk 127 Lead-In Fighter of the RAAF being serviced
An-124 of the Russian Volga-Dnepr freight company. Absolute beast of a plane. Another one that wasn’t expected, - it delivered the Apache helicopters to the show. Sadly no admissions inside, or even any basic information for the crowd, but it spoke for itself really. The huge wings also served as a sunblock for a good few people hiding under it.
Connie returned to the public in the form of a static display that you could go inside and visit. Sadly by this point we’ve had about enough of the sun and were heading home, so the enormous line was a show-stopper. Still, a nice shot that shows its popularity with the crowds :) [Singapore Air Force’s F-15 and KC-135 in the background to the left; a Qantas 737 in the retro livery directly behind it]
To round off the first batch, the An-2: crop duster, utility, communications, mail aircraft and other uses too numerous to mention. This example was bought from Poland, and is currently the only flying example in Australia. It also offers joyflights (though I don’t believe at the airshow itself). The photo is mostly out of disbelief that such a thing still exists, let alone flies. The first flight of the design was over five decades ago…