The RAAF - 100 year Anniversary Airshow or

How far will you go to see an air show?

By:- Stephen Portelli

Well it depends! Having travelled from Australia to the UK in 2013 to see the RNAS Yeovilton Air Day based on the promise of the Vulcan & Fairey Swordfish flying, driving for eight (8) or so hours each way to an air show isn't that daunting!

Saturday 1st March 2014, marked the 100th Anniversary of the first military flight by Lt Eric Harrison in a Bristol Boxkite from Point Cook aerodrome. This flight was re-enacted down to the minute, 100 years later with an accurate Boxkite replica taking to the air. The weather on the Saturday while overcast was calm enough to allow this amazing creation of wood, wire and linen to recreate history. RAAF Point Cook is recognised as the world's oldest continually operating military airfield, with its building & hangars recognised by the National Trust as being representative of WWI, pre-WWII and post war 1950 architecture. Point Cook is also the site of the RAAF Museum.

The drive was well and truly worth it! The RAAF organised a very credible display of a wide variety of aircraft some being truly unique examples of their type (CAC Wirraway, CAC Boomerang, Lockheed Hudson and broadly representative of the craft flown over the century) It was the best use of tax payer dollars that I have enjoyed in a very long time! The flying took place close enough so that you could actually see and properly enjoy the display.

Highlights for me were seeing the world's only flying Hudson bomber in flight, (flown with some vigour I thought), and a Sabre and Meteor flying for the first time. The F/A-18 Legacy Hornet display was excellent, but the F/A-18F Super Hornet was in another league the sheer power and noise of the thing was terrific.

The RAAF display team The Roulettes put on their usual fine performance in the PC-9/A (this will sound disloyal but after seeing the Red Arrows, the Roulettes display just lacks the wow factor of a jet display).

The RAAF website has some excellent images and great video clips and it can be viewed at;

RAAF Website

I hope you enjoy the photos, which turned out OK considering my lack of skill, equipment and overcast conditions.

List of Aircraft:

RAAF aircraft

C-17A Globemaster
C-130 Hercules
F/A-18F Super Hornet
BAE Hawk 127
Boeing 737 Wedgetail AEW&C
AP-3C Orion
KC-30A MRTT
KA350 King Air
PC-9/A The Roulettes
F/A-18 Hornet

Royal Australian Navy & Australian Army

Bell UH-1B Tiger - Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter
MRH-90
BELL 429
Squirrel

Historical & other aircraft

CAC 27 Sabre
Bristol Boxkite
Cessna 180
Sopwith Pup
Beechcraft Staggerwing
Hunting Percival Provost
Avro 643 Cadet
Auster
Stinson Reliant
De Havilland DHC4 Caribou
Lockhead Hudson
CAC Wirraway
P40 Kittyhawk
CAC Boomerang
Supermarine Spitfire
Mustang
Meteor
Vampire
Cessna 0-1 Bird Dog
Consolidated PBY Catalina
Bell UH-1 Iroquois
C47
CAC 25 Winjeel
CT4 Airtrainer
Harvard RAF B.E.2a
Deperdussin
Avro 504K
RAF S.E. 5a
Maurice Farman MF.11 Shorthorn
Hawker Demon
Supermarine Walrus
Douglas A-20C Boston
De Havilland DH84 Dragon
De Havilland D.H.89 Mosquito
Sikorski S-51
Bristol Freighter
GAF Canberra
GAF Jindivik
GAF Pika
GAF Mirage 111
MB-326H Macchi
GD F111C
De Havilland D.H.82 Tiger Moth
De Havilland D.H.94 Moth Minor

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