A century of military aviation on show

Published on CPL Aaron Curran (author), LSIS Helen Frank (photographer), POIS Kelvin Hockey (photographer)

Location(s): Avalon Airshow, VIC

Leading Seaman Aviation Support Matthew Dufty marshals a MRH90 Taipan helicopter onto the flight deck of NUSHIP Canberra. (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)
Leading Seaman Aviation Support Matthew Dufty marshals a MRH90 Taipan helicopter onto the flight deck of NUSHIP Canberra.

The Australian International Airshow at Avalon is back and will be bigger and better than ever with Navy having a significant footprint at the aviation showcase.

Running from 24 February to 1 March, the airshow, themed 'Heroes of the Sky' will coincide with celebrations of a century of military aviation.

Forty Navy personnel will be helping fly the martime aviation flag, along with an MRH90 helicopter, MH60R ‘Romeo’ Seahawk helicopter, three Squirrel helicopters, two of which will be conducting a flying display, and a Navy helicopter simulator.

Director of Australian International Airshow 2015 Air Commodore David Pietsch said all three services would have extensive ground and air displays.

“There will be up to 600 Australian Defence Force personnel taking part this year,” he said.

“There will be a significant difference from past International Airshows. 

“This year we have been allocated a one-hour period to hold an Australian Defence Force showcase.”

Navy’s newest maritime combat helicopter, the MH60R 'Romeo' Seahawk, on display at HMAS Albatross.

Navy’s newest maritime combat helicopter, the MH60R 'Romeo' Seahawk, on display at HMAS Albatross.

Air Commodore Pietsch said the showcase would be an attack and extraction sequence including an air-to-air combat scenario, assault scenario with Army parachutists jumping out of C-130 Hercules, a C-17 Globe Master landing with a pair of bushmasters and troops, a ground engagement, air-to-air refuelling and an AP-3C Orion sinking a mock submarine.

“An Army Tiger ARH and MRH-90 will conduct an infiltration and resupply mission,” he said.

“Air Force and Navy will also take part in individual flying displays outside of the showcase window along with F-16s from Singapore and the United States.”

Air Commodore Pietsch said a B-52 Bomber and the popular F-22 Raptor would be on display on the ground.

“There will be a WWI and WWII ground battle scenario with re-enactors and a large number of WWI aircraft to go along with the theme. 

“The warbirds will be taking to the skies much to the delight of enthusiasts.”

More information about Navy aviation assets can be found at: http://www.navy.gov.au/fleet/aircraft