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    MoveLater2 Airshow 2019 - Avalon

    So, itís back on again! Whoís going? Iíll be there from early to late every day so if anyone wants to say hi, let me know. 👍

    The ADF have a large contingent there this year as a trial for the 2021 show which will be huge for the Centenary of the RAAF. Theyíve got a lot more than usual going in, so should be good. 👍

    Will post pics as they come - nothing there yet but the hourly Jetstar flights. 😁

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    Iíve got to get to this show one day.

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    Put 2021 in your calendar - it will probably be the biggest ever and will have a huge contingent from the USA turn up in support too. The US usually bring half a dozen planes in but on a special theyíll bring dozens like they did a few years back. Havenít heard what they are bringing this year but last time they bought over 2 x F22ís, a B52 a C17 and a couple of B1ís - which pretty much is the loudest thing Iíve ever witnessed when it took off after the show - Fingers in my ears and it still hurt. I was less than 100 meters from the runway when it throttled up though. 👍😁

    Just do it. 👍

    Iíll post as many pics as I can, I do get plenty of time to wander. The Trade days are the best before the huge crowds come in on the public days. Expecting 100,000 a day for the 3 public days which is on par with last time.

    The B52 is a strange beast, and leaks more oil than every Land Rover I own put together. They had several large trays of kitty litter under various locations to stop it running all over the apron. 😁


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    First pic today - the Media Preview was on earlier, but missed most of that. The Roulettes, C-17 and a couple of fighters (didn't see which ones, was inside) did some stuff.

    This arvo, the B-52 came in. Saw it touch down but wasn't quick enough to snap that. Did get a pic of it taxing up to the keyhole to be put on display though.

    B-52 - 2019 Melbourne Aishow by Gavin Gregory, on Flickr


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    thanks Gav, excellent and interesting photo - they sure look menacing.
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    They sure do. Was only 100m from it - amazing old bird. Airshow 2019 - Avalon

    Plenty more to come - I'm sure they'll be a lot more on Monday when I'm back.


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    So pretty much everything is on the ground as far as the static displays goes, and there is a LOT to look at. The ADF have gone to town this show and have a huge presence - both RAAF, Army and Navy. Got a bit of a look today before being rudely interrupted and having to go and do some work...

    So here's a few pics.

    Chinooks everywhere - there's at least 5 of them here - 2 from the Singapore Air Force and 3 Australian Army units from what I could see. 2 of them are tucked up the end of the runway so hard to make out but one was flying around at one point too. The 2 Singapore units are static as is one of the Australian Army units.
    IMG_0158 by Gavin Gregory, on Flickr
    IMG_0156 by Gavin Gregory, on Flickr
    IMG_0180 by Gavin Gregory, on Flickr

    Then onto the C-27J Spartan - the replacement for the Caribou.

    IMG_0159 by Gavin Gregory, on Flickr
    IMG_0162 by Gavin Gregory, on Flickr

    Onto the C-130 Hercules

    IMG_0164 by Gavin Gregory, on Flickr

    Pilots and Load Master were all very accommodating today as they are all set up ready to go and not many people to talk to, so got a full guided tour by the whole crew, and a quick lesson on it's key features - that's me in up front next to the pilot - photo taken by the Load Master.

    IMG_0172 by Gavin Gregory, on Flickr

    The Cockpits are off limits during the public days so always happy to get in early and get a good look.

    Getting bigger as we go - onto the biggest - the C-17. Still blows me away how big this puppy is.

    IMG_0182 by Gavin Gregory, on Flickr
    IMG_0184 by Gavin Gregory, on Flickr

    And that's when my phone rang and I had to do something a little less interesting....

    Will be back at the C-17 in the morning for a tour before it gets busy and hopefully a cockpit tour as well - I did manage to get around 1/2 hour chatting to the Pilot of the US C-17 up in the cockpit at the last Airshow, but wasn't allowed to take pics at the time.

    More to come as I have time.


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    Working a fire down near French Island a few weeks ago and flew into Avalon for the first time for a load of Mud, place was deserted, never been there before and wondered what all the gazebo's were doen stretched out for miles, thought must be a bloody big wedding
    Took me a few days to work out they were getting ready for the airshow

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    Went a few years back and loved it. Won't be going this year but will try to get there for the next one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Homestar View Post
    So pretty much everything is on the ground as far as the static displays goes, and there is a LOT to look at. The ADF have gone to town this show and have a huge presence - both RAAF, Army and Navy. Got a bit of a look today before being rudely interrupted and having to go and do some work...

    So here's a few pics.

    Chinooks everywhere - there's at least 5 of them here - 2 from the Singapore Air Force and 3 Australian Army units from what I could see. 2 of them are tucked up the end of the runway so hard to make out but one was flying around at one point too. The 2 Singapore units are static as is one of the Australian Army units.
    IMG_0158 by Gavin Gregory, on Flickr
    IMG_0156 by Gavin Gregory, on Flickr
    IMG_0180 by Gavin Gregory, on Flickr

    Then onto the C-27J Spartan - the replacement for the Caribou.

    IMG_0159 by Gavin Gregory, on Flickr
    IMG_0162 by Gavin Gregory, on Flickr

    Onto the C-130 Hercules

    IMG_0164 by Gavin Gregory, on Flickr

    Pilots and Load Master were all very accommodating today as they are all set up ready to go and not many people to talk to, so got a full guided tour by the whole crew, and a quick lesson on it's key features - that's me in up front next to the pilot - photo taken by the Load Master.

    IMG_0172 by Gavin Gregory, on Flickr

    The Cockpits are off limits during the public days so always happy to get in early and get a good look.

    Getting bigger as we go - onto the biggest - the C-17. Still blows me away how big this puppy is.

    IMG_0182 by Gavin Gregory, on Flickr
    IMG_0184 by Gavin Gregory, on Flickr

    And that's when my phone rang and I had to do something a little less interesting....

    Will be back at the C-17 in the morning for a tour before it gets busy and hopefully a cockpit tour as well - I did manage to get around 1/2 hour chatting to the Pilot of the US C-17 up in the cockpit at the last Airshow, but wasn't allowed to take pics at the time.

    More to come as I have time.
    Pretty cool photos. Some of those Spartans are based just down the road from us at RAAF Richmond. Pretty sure they have the same engine prop configuration as the C-130 's as they sound very similar.
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