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Held from 1 – 6 March 2011, the Australian International Airshow, or more commonly known as the Avalon Airshow, was staged at Avalon Airport in Victoria, Australia. Over the duration of the show, some 100 aircraft from a number of air forces and organisations participated in aerial and static displays.
RAAF C-130H A97-011 battles some crosswinds as she touches down on Runway 18 with VIPs onboard. Hanging from her port wing is a camouflaged wing tank taken from one of the dwindling number of C-130s sRaytheon’s T-6B Texan II demonstrator performs a touch and go as part of a demonstration flight. The T-6, along with Pilatus PC-21 are contenders to replace the RAAF’s aging PC-9 basic trainers.Not show-related traffic, but a spectacular moment captured here of a dust storm being kicked up by a Qantas Boeing 747-400 as she lifts off for a test flight. Avalon Airport is home to a major QantasA Hawk 127 Lead-in Fighter Trainer of the RAAF’s 76 Sqn backtracks Runway 18/36 following a demonstration flight.RAAF’s No.1 Sqn Super Hornet rolls onto the ramp after her aerial display. This is the type’s first participation in an Avalon Airshow since it’s introduction in March 2010.Recently purchased by airline captain and ex-RAAF Hornet pilot Gus Larard, this Hawker Fury was one of several warbirds that participated in the aerial display.Nicknamed ‘Suzy-Q’, this CAC Boomerang is owned by the Temora Aviation Museum.An Aussie variant of the F-86F Sabre, this CAC Sabre has had a rich history. First delivered to the RAAF in 1957, she was transferred to the Royal Malaysian Air Force in 1971 and was returned in 1978.Royal Australian Navy (RAN) AS350B Squirrel choppers perform the ‘Dancing Squirrels’ display, a favorite among the crowd at Australian airshows.An RSAF’s F-16C leaves a distinctive smoke trail over the skies of Avalon during its aerial performance.RSAF MAJ. Desmond Too ‘Twister’ gives a wave to the crowds as he taxis down Rwy 36 in his F-16C, having completed yet another aerial display.Kent Pietsch is either the best stunt pilot out there or the craziest! He’s seen here about to drag the wingtip of his 1942 Interstate Cadet on the runway, having already lost his starboard aileron moUsually in attendance at every major airshow Down Under, the RAAF Roulettes aerobatic team puts their PC-9s through their paces.Nicknamed ‘Dragon Star’, this modified Gulfstream III is Lockheed Martin’s demonstrator for its latest intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) offerings.Drop tanks of 3 USAF PACAF F-16Cs (3rd aircraft not pictured) from the 14th Fighter Sqn, 35th Fighter Wing, based in Misawa Air Base, Japan.RSAF’s demonstration bird, F-16C #642, takes a rest under some threatening skies. She was one of 2 Vipers from 143 Sqn deployed from Tengah Air base for the show.Making the type’s first appearance Down Under were two F-22A Raptors from the 525th Fighter Sqn, 3rd Wing. Home based at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, the squadron of 15 F-22s was detached to Kadena Air BaseThe canopies of the F-22s have been coated with a layer of iridium-tin oxide to allow better reflection of radar waves, hence, the gold tint appearance.One of 46 MRH90s that have been ordered under the troubled Project Air 9000 Phases 2, 4 and 6 that will replace the army’s Blackhawks and the navy’s Sea Kings.Serialed 61-0001, this B-52H Stratofortress is based at Minot AFB, North Dakota. Note the Litening II targeting pod between Engine Numbers 6 and 7, which allows this 50-year-old aircraft to employ pre

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