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!