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!