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February 14, 2013
CPL Nick Wiseman
AIR Force will strut its stuff in front
of an expected 150,000 visitors dur-
ing the 2013 Australian International
Airshow and Aerospace and Defence
Exposition at Victoria's Avalon Airport
from February 26.
The biennial exposition and air-
show will run for six days and feature
some of Air Force's latest aircraft,
including the F/A-18F Super Hornet,
C-17A Globemaster and the KC-30A
Multi-Role Tanker Transport. Other
RAAF aircraft set to line up include
the F/A-18 Hornet, C-130J Hercules,
E-7A Wedgetail and AP-3C Orion,
along with a long list of aircraft from
international visitors, including the US
Air Force, Japan Self-Defense Force,
Republic of Singapore Air Force,
French Air Force and Royal New
Zealand Air Force.
Warbirds and general aviation and
sports aircraft will also go on display,
along with Navy helicopters.
The head of ADF planning for the
airshow, AIRCDRE David Pietsch,
said it would provide the chance to see
a range of Defence capabilities.
"The airshow provides us the
opportunity to showcase our Air Force
capability to Australia and the rest of
the world," he said.
"It will enable the ADF to highlight
its close working relationship with the
He said the airshow was an excel-
lent exercise for Air Force to test
expeditionary capabilities in Australia,
including airfield engineering, secu-
rity, logistics and air traffic control.
The Roulettes, Air Force Band and
military working dogs will also be
The theme of this year's airshow,
which is run by Air Shows Down
Under, is 'The Power of Flight'.
The exposition will run from
February 26 to March 1 and the public
airshow will open at 2pm on March 1
until March 3.
To purchase tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.
com.au/airshow2013 or for more informa-
tion on the airshow, visit www.airshow.
Show of power is coming
In a rare sight at RAAF Base Amberley on February 4, all six of 36SQN's C-17As were together on the flightline at the same time. The squadron's busy workload and commitments
at home and abroad had prevented the whole fleet from appearing together on base before. Capturing all six aircraft at once was also a big task for the photographer, CPL Glen
McCarthy, who had to take a series of frames and then merge them together to make this panoramic image.
A rare gathering
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