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Aerial Thunder Downunder
Nothing gets the adrenalin going like the raw power of a full-on military air show and that's exactly what visitors to the Australian International Airshow 2019 can expect.
The sky over Avalon will be filled with aircraft over the weekend of Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd of March. Photo: Copyright Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
This very loud, crowd-thrilling show returns to Avalon Aerodrome from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd March showcasing military heavy-metal, present generation airliners, general aviation aircraft and classic old aeroplanes of years past.
Once again organisers will bring together an array of historic war-birds and replicas to take part in demonstrations of aviation tactics through the years, displays by Australia's present-day, multi-million dollar assets like the KC-30A Multi-role tanker, the E7A WEDGETAIL Airborne Early Warning & Control aircraft, the heavy-lift C17 GLOBEMASTER and the FA18F SUPER HORNET.
Displays will include everything from the RAAF's heavylift C17 GLOBEMASTER ....
.... to incredibly agile aerobatic types like the PITTS SPECIAL. Photos: Copyright Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
As well as the three Australian services being heavily represented visitors can expect to see military muscle from around the world demonstrating agility and firepower almost beyond belief.
A highlight of any Aussie airshow is the pristine collection of past warbirds displayed by the Temora Aviation Museum team.
The museum's collection, only some of which will display at Avalon 2019, includes priceless restorations such as the CA-16 WIRRAWAY, CA-13 BOOMERANG, the GLOSTER F8 METEOR, that perennial crowd-pleaser the CA-27 SABRE and Australia's only flying example of the ENGLISH-ELECTRIC CANBERRA bomber.
The CURTIS P40 KITTYHAWK is just one of many aircraft lovingly restored and flown by the team at Temora Aviation Museum. Photo: Copyright Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
On show since 1992, The Australian International Airshow is one of the best in the world and continues to draw participants and large crowds of aviation enthusiasts to Avalon every 2 years.
General Admission tickets cost Adults (15 years and older) $68, Children (5 to 14 years) $32, Children Under 5 FREE, Concession $55 and a Family (2A 4C) $140.
Group Concessions cost Adults $61.20 per adult for groups of 10 or more. Children $28.80 per child for groups of 10 or more and Concession Card holders $49.50 per person for groups of 10 or more.
GOLD PASS entry is available in single or multi-day packages providing entry and grandstand seating. Cost is $200.
A CLUB AEROSPACE package costs $567 and entitles the ticket holder to:
Seating in a spacious and air-conditioned chalet overlooking the flightline, a fenced courtyard with uninterrupted views of the flying displays, gourmet menu complete with a range of beverages, centrally positioned private facilities, complimentary car parking and a complimentary souvenir program.
A handling fee of $4.95 per transaction applies to online ticket purchases and a delivery fee may apply depending on the mode of delivery selected.
The RAAF's FA18F SUPER HORNET will no doubt be a show-stopper at Avalon 2019. Photo: Copyright Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
Getting There .....
Avalon is located on the Princes Freeway between Melbourne and Geelong, 55 kilometres south of the Westgate Bridge and 18 kilometres north of Geelong.
VLine trains will operate regular services from Melbourne (Southern Cross) and Geelong to Lara.
A VLine Airshow Express Ticket includes return rail travel to Lara and shuttle bus services from Lara to Avalon and return.
For more information visit www.ptv.vic.gov.au
The Australian International Airshow will showcase past and present front line aircraft of the Royal Australian Air Force. Photo: Copyright Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
A daylight operations only airstrip designated 'AVALON EAST' will be established adjacent to the main aerodrome for those wishing to fly into the show. Operations to 'AVALON EAST' will be controlled by Airservices Australia with briefing documentation available at www.airservicesaustralia.com.au
A free shuttle bus will run from 'AVALON EAST' to the Airshow entrance.
Get on down to Avalon on the weekend of Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd March to see the sting in the tail of the Australian military's aviation assets. Photo: Copyright Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
Cost:General admission tickets cost Adults (15 years & over) $68, Children 5 to 14 years $32, Under 5 years FREE, Concession $55 and a Family (2A 4C) $149. See the website for Gold Pass and Club Aerospace packages and group concessions.