Photos from Avalon 2009 - The Australian International Air Show

Last weekend Nick and I flew down to The Australian International Air Show at Avalon Airport outside of Melbourne. By Sydney standards it was a chilly day and the incessant wind and intermittent showers put a bit of a damper on the show. Although the F111c which was going to be one of the show highlights couldn't fly due to the weather, the Jetstar Airbus A320s that we used to fly in and out of Avalon operated without any problems. I have put together a photo album from the trip which has some neat shots in it (including the F/A18s in the photo at the top of this article). They had the usual "crowd pleasers" like the jet-powered truck, a guy on a jetpack, an Interstate S-1A-65F landing on a moving truck, etc. Other interesting aircraft included the still experimental Boeing 737 AEW&C (N361BJ) of which the RAAF is the launch customer; the brand new Boeing 777-300ER (VH-VOZ) of V Australia; the RNZAF Boeing 757-200 (NZ7571) which made an impressive flying display and on which I managed to sneak aboard (on the ground, of course); a stock standard Boeing 747-400 (VH-OEG) of which I made a nice shot of a cross-wind takeoff; a rare commercial example of a McDonald Douglas KC-10 Extender of Omega Air (N9754VV); the Lockheed L1049 Super Constellation (the only example still flying); a bunch of USAF planes that flew-in including a C-5B Galaxy, some B-1B Lancers and a C-17 Globemaster III that demonstrated its impressive short field performance. Overall a great day.

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