25 March 2009

DHC4 Caribou - RAAF

These old workhorses are being retired at year's end
after 45 years of service to the nation

It was great to be able to see them in action one last time

F16 Falcon - USAF

USAF F16 Falcon
Based at Misawa AB, Japan

19 March 2009

Ground Vehicles at Avalon 2009

Airservices Australia Aviation Rescue

Rosenbauer Panther 6x6

Helicopters - Avalon 2009

Ambulance Service Victoria
Bell 412EP
VH-VAS (cn 36504)

Professinal Helicopter Services

Eurocopter AS350BA


Channel Ten Melbourne

Bell 206B Jetranger III


Channel Seven Melbourne

Eurocopter AS350B2


RAAF - General Dynamics F111-C - Avalon 2009

Royal Australian Air Force
General Dynamics F111-C

6 Squadron, RAAF Amberley, QLD

The RAAF is the only Air Force in the world still operating these awesome aircraft. This example has been in service since 1973, and sadly, along with the remainder of the fleet, will be retired in 2010 to be replaced by F/A18-F Super Hornets.

Of all the aircraft I came to see fly at this show, it was this guy. Unfortunately the weather was less than favourable and it stayed on the ground. We'll miss the famous "dump & burn" that concludes every show the F111 attends. It was a shame we couldn't have seen it this day.

These less than perfect shots were the best I could manage while it was on static display

18 March 2009

Heavy Metal - Avalon 2009

Douglas DC3  VH-OVM "Gooney Bird"

RAAF - Lockheed P3-C Orion
A9-664 Based at RAAF Edinburgh, SA

QANTAS Boeing 747-438/ER

USAF Lockheed C-5 Galaxy
70028 - Based at Travis AFB, California

McDonnell Douglas DC-10-40
Omega Tanker - A private aerial refueller

This arcraft was originally operated by Japan Airlines before tanker conversion

Boeing KC135R Stratotanker - 58-0063
An old workhorse here, ordered by the USAF in 1958
Based at Tinker AFB,Oklahoma

Hornet City - Avalon 2009

3 Squadron RAAF, based at Williamtown, NSW

3SQN RAAF heading out to show their stuff!

B1-B Lancer - Avalon 2009

Rockwell B1-B Lancer
An extremely rare visitor to Australian shores, this aircraft is based at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota

USAF C17 Globemaster III & USAF F15 Eagle

90-822 from the 35th Fighter Wing, based at Misawa AB, Japan

Avalon 2009

RAAF Lockheed C130-J Hercules

RAAF Beechcraft 350 Super King Air
32 Squadron, RAAF East Sale, Victoria

Avalon 2009

Australian Army UH60A9 Blackhawk


Avalon 2009 - RNZAF B757

Royal New Zealand Air Force B757

The poor Kiwis don't have much of an Air Force these days, thanks to politics, but their 757 display is always an impressive sight.

Ausflier's local weather