The Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition is held at Avalon Airport, Geelong, Victoria. Hosting the largest event in the southern hemisphere showcasing 2013 aviation capabilities with this year’s theme title the “Power of Flight.”
Retired Air Marshall Geoff Shepherd, Chairman of Aviation Development Australia Limited and retired Air Marshall Les Fisher, Chairman of Aerospace Australia Limited both not-for-profit organisations present the 11th Airshow and Exposition since its inception in 1992.
The “Power of Flight” attracted weekend crowds in excess of 150,000 and 600 exhibitors.
Power of Flight highlights include;
- United States Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor first flight at Avalon by Pilot Major Henry ‘Schadow’ Schantz of the Air Combat Command team at Langley, Virginia.
- Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet performing a four-ship formation.
- British Breitling Wingwalkers first visit to Avalon with displays of 1920 and 1930’s style aviation.
- Royal Australian Airforce (RAAF) Roulettes flying Pilatus PC-gs.
- Pitts aerobatic biplane piloted by USA airshow pilot Skip Stewart of the TinStix Dynamite Team with 28 year old Melissa Pemberton flying her blue Edge 540, both surrounded by smoke & balls of fire managed by pyrotechnics of Rich Gibson.
- 13 times Australian Aerobatics Champion, Chris Sperou performs his farewell flight in his red Super Stinker Pitts biplane.
- First time visit, 9 time British Champion, Mark Jeffries flying his Extra 330LX, quote “in 2013 in my upside down, down under flight display.”
- Former RAAF and Red Bull Air Race pilot Matt Hall will fly his MXS-R aircraft.
- Regular appearance of the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress bomber, the youngest is 50 years and is expected to provide flight service to 90 years.
- RNZAF regular will provide a Boeing 757 on ground display.
- Vintage & historical aircraft.
Lockheed F-22A Raptor
The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor is a single-seat, twin-engine fifth-generation fighter aircraft that uses stealth technology. It was designed primarily as an air superiority fighter, but has additional capabilities that include ground attack, electronic warfare, and signals intelligence roles. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics is the prime contractor and is responsible for the majority of the airframe, weapon systems and final assembly of the F-22. Program partner Boeing Defense, Space & Security provides the wings, aft fuselage, avionics integration, and training systems.
RAAF Roulettes Pilatus PC-9s
The Roulettes are the Royal Australian Air Force‘s formation aerobatics display team. They provide about 150 flying displays a year, in Australia and in friendly countries around the South-east Asian region. The Roulettes form part of the RAAF Central Flying School (CFS) at RAAF Base East Sale, Victoria.
Super Stinker Pitts Biplane
The Pitts Special (company designations S1 and S2) is a series of light aerobatic biplanes designed by Curtis Pitts. It has accumulated many competition wins since its first flight in 1944. The Pitts biplanes dominated world aerobatics competition in the 1960s and 1970s and, even today, remain a potent competition aircraft in the lower categories
TinStix Opposition Aerobatics
See other photos on the net of this amazing plane and the TinStix team.
18,900 permanent airforce reserve civilians manage the show and exhibition operations, engineering, logistics and support crew to bring The Australian International Airshow 2013 to the delight of crowds.
The Ringmaster Geoff Brindle is responsible for the choreography & daily running of the airshow with his team in conjunction with civil aviation safety, the ADF, managing delays due to unforseen circumstances and sudden weather changes due to Geelong’s coast location.
Australian Defence Force (ADF) interact with international peers and defence industries whilst providing airforce, army and navy capabilities and opportunities such as the Skills and Careers Program. An exhibition for “Youth Technology Precinct & Education Training” designed to assist students with information for careers in aviation, aerospace or defence.
Secondary Teachers and Advisors are welcome to attend a free Professional Development Forum, providing insights to career opportunities for young Australians. Selected high school students attend a one day student information forum on careers in aviation, aerospace and defence.
The Royal Australian Airforce (RAAF) a major sponsor of Avalon, will turn 92 and its philosophy is Network Centric Warfare. Allowing fast information exchange via technology network and data link to all assets and crew whilst in battle.
I eagerly await the next show at Avalon in 2015. Like the crowd I will be in awe of the advancement of technology, aircraft and airshow talents of the pilots and acrobatic team talents.