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Australian International Airshow 2001

(100 good photos of the first big airshow in the year 2001) -from Hartmut Seidel-

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Australia is the right destination for everyone who want to have a very nice vacation. There are very nice cities, very friendly people and very beautiful landscapes. And Australia is a very good destination for the aviation enthusiast, because there are many very interesting aviation museums, many opportunities to make very wonderful pleasure flights, and there are very good airshows! And this year there was to see no less than the biggest airshow ever held in Australia: The Australian International Airshow 2001! The location for this sensational Airshow was the Avalon Airport in Victoria, approximate 50 Kilometers southwest of Melbourne, Australias second largest City, and approximate 18 Kilometers north of the City of Geelong. The Australian International Airshow is a biennial event, organized by AirShows DownUnder, a division of the Aerospace Foundation of Australia. Like the Internationale Luftfahrtausstellung in Berlin / Germany and the Aerosalon in Le Bourget, Paris / France, the Australian International Airshow is also a trade show and the first four days from 13 February to 16 February were open only for trade visitors. But the main flying display days at the Weekend of  February17 and February 18ere open to the public and on this days the aviation enthusiast could enjoy a very impressive daily 6 hours flying display! 202.000 People have visited the airshow and enjoyed the displays of many old and new military and civil aircrafts and helicopters, warbirds and formation aerobatics and much more! The Australian International Airshow 2001 celebrated both the Centenary of Australian Federation and the 80th Anniversary of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and there was to see many very good displays by aircrafts and helicopters of the Royal Australian Air Force, the Australian Navy and the Australian Army Aviation Corps! Also open for the public was a very impressive Night Airshow on Friday February 16, from 6 pm to 10.30 pm : The Boeing Friday Night Alight! At the sunset and then in the dark night there was to see a bigger flying display than You can see at many European Airshows on a full day! The pyrotechnic demonstrations and the "Wall of Fire" were particularly impressive!

Now You can see on the following more than 100 photos the reason, why the aviation enthusiast must visit the Australian International Airshow 2003!

Part A ( photos 1 to 34 ) Aircrafts and Helicopters of the Australian Armed Forces:

F-111

F-111

F-111

F-111 "Dump and Burn"

At Australian Airshows You can see many aircrafts, which are very rare to see in Europe. The General Dynamics F-111 for example. The Royal Australian Air Force has 35 General Dynamics F-111 in service. The F-111 entered RAAF service in 1973 and recent upgrades will see the aircraft remain in RAAF service until 2015 - 2020! This big swing-wing strike aircraft has flown a very powerful display including a full loop. The traditional finale of a Royal Australian Air Force F-111 display is the "dump and burn". During the dump and burn demonstration the F-111 produce a flame which is longer than the complete aircraft!

DHC-4 Caribou

DHC-4 Caribou

DHC-4 Caribou

The De Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou is meanwhile also an very rare aircraft, especially for the European aviation enthusiast! The Caribou is very famous for its STOL (Short Take-Off and Landing) ability. And at the Australian International Airshow 2001 the Crew of the Caribou has flown a very impressive STOL demonstration with this robust aircraft! Also very spectacular: The extremely slow flight ability of the Caribou! The Caribou is a tactical transport aircraft, equiped with piston engines. The DHC-4 Caribou are the oldest aircraft in the Royal Australian Air Force, the first RAAF Caribou was delivered in 1964. Caribous of the RAAF have flown many difficult transport sorties in the Vietnam war and they saw also active service short time ago during the East Timor crisis. It is a very good aircraft and the capabilities of the Caribou are unique, so the Caribou remain in active service and will not be replaced until 2010!

F-111 Night "Dump and Burn" The F-111 dump and burn demonstration is very impressive during the day. But it is of course very much more spectacular in the night, here to see at the wonderful "Boeing Friday Night Alight" Airshow! Aermacchi MB. 326 The Crew of this Aermacchi MB. 326 Jet trainer makes the aircraft ready to take off. The MB. 326 is an Italian aircraft, but most of the MB. 326 for the Royal Australian Air Force have been built under licence in Australia by the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation.

F/A-18

F/A-18

F/A-18

The most important aircraft of the Royal Australian Air Force, the multi-role fighter McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet, has given a very stunning aerobatic and handling display at the Australian International Airshow 2001. The RAAF has a total of 71 Hornets on strength. First delivered in 1985, the Hornet will remain in service for at least another 12 years.

MB 326+Vampire The Aermacchi MB. 326 is here flying together with the historic jet De Havilland Vampire. The Vampire jets have been the first operational jet aircrafts in the RAAF.
Aermacci MB.326 This Aermacchi MB. 326 with the impressive paint on the fin was to see in the static display.
BAe Hawk 100 After many years in RAAF service the Aermacchi MB. 326 will now be replaced by the new British Aerospace Hawk 100 lead-in fighter trainer. 33 Hawks are in the process of delivery to the Royal Australian Air Force.
Pitts Special In the Year 2001 Australia celebrates the Centenary of Australian Federation. For this reason the Hornet has special anniversary markings on the fins. In front of the Hornet a Pitts Special aerobatic aircraft taxies to the runway. Lockheed C-130 J-30 Hercules Two transport squadrons of the Royal Australian Air Force are equiped with the legendary and much loved C-130 Hercules transport aircraft. One of them, the 37 Squadron, operates now with the brand new variant of this well-known aircraft, the Lockheed C-130 J-30 Hercules, which you can see on the picture. The new Hercules transporter has many internal technical improvements. The most visible difference to the older variants of the C-130 are the six-bladed propellers of the new C-130 J-30 Hercules.
PC-9 "Roulettes"

The formation aerobatic team of the Royal Australian Air Force, the "Roulettes", have flown first-class formation aerobatic displays at Australian International Airshow 2001. This excellent team fly with six Swiss-designed Pilatus PC-9 turbo-prop aircrafts. The RAAF use 67 Pilatus PC-9 for pilots training. (You find more informations about the Roulettes in the Internet: www.defence.gov.au/raaf/roulettes)

 

Roulettes "Wedge"

Roulettes "Wedge"

The Roulettes in the formation "Wedge".

Roulettes "Card-Five"

The Roulettes in the formation "Card-Five".

Roulettes "Swan" The Roulettes in the formation "Swan".
Lockheed P-3 C Orion

The Lockheed P-3 C Orion is a maritime reconnaissance and anti submarine warfare aircraft. It is a great pleasure to see the Orion in the air and to hear the wonderful sound of its four turbo-prop engines! The crew demonstrated the Orion also in flight with only  three engines running and one engine switched off. The Orion can remain airborne for more than 12 hours an the shut down of one engine is then a standard procedure to save fuel. The finale of the Royal Australian Air Force Lockheed P-3 C Orion demonstration was an impressive low-level flypast with a speed of 400 knots at 100 feet!

Boeing CH-47

Boeing CH-47

At Australian International Airshow 2001 the Australian Army Aviation Corps has shown a very impressive airborne assault demonstration with helicopters. During this demonstration the mighty Boeing Vertol CH-47 Chinook has shown its capability to transport heavy external freight load as this heavy gun for example.
BAe HS-748

The Royal Australian Air Force operates eight British Aerospace HS 748 fittet out als flying classrooms for navigation and air electronics officer training. Several HS 748 are also in RAAF service as transport aircrafts.

Sikorsky "Black Hawk" The troops left the Sikorsky Black Hawk Helicopters during the hovering flight some meters over the ground by ropes and showed how to disembark troops in very difficult terrain, where even helicopters cannot land.
Beechcraft 350 "Super King Air"

This Beechcraft Super King Air 350 in the Static Display belongs to the Australian Army. It is interesting, that this aircraft also has the civil registration "VH-HPJ".

Bell UH-1 Troops were also transported with Bell UH-1 Helicopters, the legendary "Huey".
Kaman SH - 2 G ( A ) Super Seasprite

Kaman SH - 2 G ( A ) Super Seasprite

Kaman SH - 2 G ( A ) Super Seasprite

A new acquisition for the Royal Australian Navy ist the Kaman SH-2 G (A) Super Seasprite multi-role and anti submarine warfare Helicopter. Eleven Super Seasprites are on order.

Bell UH-1 After the airborne assault demonstration the Huey wit the sign "766" was to see in the Static Display. The airborne assault demonstration was of course accompanied by the music of Richard Wagners "Ride of the Valkyries".
Bell OH-58 "Kiowa" Bell OH-58 Kiowa Helicopters were also in action during the airborne assault demonstration.

 

 

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