A Look back at Avalon 2011

With the 2013 show looming, I thought I’d take a look back at some of my highlights from the 2011 Airshow.

The F-22A’s which were there for static display (although we saw them fly out) were in Australia for the first time.This year I’m looking forward to seeing them fly.

A notable 2011 visitor not coming to this show is the B-1B.

2011 had a great variety of warbirds and historic aircraft and it looks like 2013 will be the same. Seeing two DC-3’s flying at the same time is a rare sight. The RAAF always put on a great display and in 2013 I’m sure they’ll do another great job. We’re also looking forward to seeing myriad GA aircraft that are always at Avalon, the pavilions and catching up with Airshow friends.

Avalon Airshow Practice at RAAF Amberley.

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An RAAF Super Hornet flying its practice display for the 2013 Australian International Airshow

An RAAF Super Hornet flying its practice display for the 2013 Australian International Airshow

It didn’t look like much practice would happen today with the rotten weather over Ipswich, however by late morning I could hear the Super Hornets (or Rhino’s) taking off. I took this to mean I should head up to one of my favourite spotting areas, the water tower. From up there you can see for miles and it’s totally safe being the local lookout.

I waited up there for a couple of hours, saw two Rhinos return and later got a surprise visit when a Beechcraft AT-6 Texan II flew over and did a few circuits. This aircraft is American registered and is in Australia for the show.

In the early afternoon the sound of a Super Hornet in afterburner tore through the air and up one came for it’s practice run. It was a good display, with plenty of tight turns and rolls, although a little short. I’m looking forward to seeing the four ship formation – and being a little closer than the water tower!