Defence Airpower to be Displayed at Avalon

RAAF F-111

March 6, 2009, A wide spectrum of the Australian Defence Force’s air power will be on display during the Australian International Air Show 2009 at Avalon Victoria, Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Mark Binskin announced today.

The biennial event is Australia’s largest and most comprehensive air show and aerospace exhibition. Around 50 ADF aircraft will be on display, including nearly all types of aircraft flown by the Royal Australian Air Force. Royal Australian Navy and Australian Army helicopters will be on show.

“The ADF’s flying and ground displays at Avalon will aim to inspire the next generation of air crew and ground support teams. Defence Force Recruiting will have a significant presence,” Air Marshal Binskin said.

“In addition to displaying the ADF’s cutting edge aviation capabilities, the air show and aerospace exhibition is an important chance for Defence to emphasise its close working relationship with industry, in particular the contractors and commercial partners in project delivery.

“The Australian International Air Show is also a significant international engagement opportunity. A number of foreign Defence Forces are sending senior representatives and high tech assets to Avalon,” Air Marshal Binskin said.

Air show visitors will see the next-generation RAAF fighter, the formidable F/A-18F Super Hornet, which will come into RAAF service next year.

This will be the last time RAAF F-111s and Caribous will appear at the Australian International Air Show, before they are retired from operational service.

Approximately 650 ADF personnel will deploy to Avalon Airfield and Defence bases throughout Victoria in support of the air show.

The air show at Avalon Airport runs from 10 to 15 March, with public access from 13 to 15 March.(mediacentre)

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