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PEARCE AIR SHOW
The Defence Force Air
Show fired up at RAAF
Base Pearce, thrilling
crowds on May 19-20
CPL Max Bree
FOR THE first time in seven years,
Perth shook to the roar of an air show
when the Defence Force Air Show
landed on May 19 and 20.
Hawks from 79SQN teamed up
with their Classic and Super Hornet cousins
to thrill the crowds at RAAF Base Pearce
with their slick moves and raw power.
In the lead-up to the show, Hawks flew
racetrack patterns over the Perth CBD
while Air Force photographers took photos
from the tail ramp of a C-130H.
CO 79SQN WGCDR John Young said
his pilots exhibited the best of the Hawk
"The air show was a great opportunity
to show off what the Hawk 127 Lead-in
Fighter can do," WGCDR Young said.
"The public regularly get to see us take
off and land from a distance, but this week-
end they got to see us up close and feel the
vibration through their chests."
Instructors from 79SQN put the Hawk
through its paces, with handling displays
and low-level high-speed passes over
Pearce to simulate an airfield attack.
"It's a great way to demonstrate our
skills," WGCDR Young said. "But it's also
a good chance for the guys to get out and
have a bit of fun as well."
The success of the show was due to the
hard work of personnel at all units on the
"All the guys and girls from Pearce,
together with personnel from other bases,
worked some very long hours," WGCDR
"But they were also very proud to be
able to show the Perth public what they do
every day and what goes on behind the
On the ground, Pearce units came
together under 25SQN to coordinate traffic,
talk to the public and keep things running
CO 25SQN WGCDR David Turner was
happy that Pearce's small number of per-
sonnel pulled off the event so well.
"We have 10 per cent of the military
population of Amberley," he said.
"I'm absolutely thrilled with the perfor-
mance of all involved; words can't express
how grateful I am.
"I can't wait until we have another air-
TEAM WORK: Clockwise from top left, LACW Ingrid Balic, of Air Base Protection
Flight on the flightline; SGT Mark Gill, of 79SQN, secures a pallet of bomb pods;
CPL Mark Tunley, of 79SQN, checks integrity ties on an ejection seat of a Hawk
127; and, SGT Trent Pember, SNCO Security Police, at the main gate.
Photos: AB Jayson Tufrey
Photo: LACW Kylie Gibson
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