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Avalon Airshow 2015

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The Avalon Air Show 2015 has it all. Avalon, near Geelong, offers lots of noisy, hot engines to entertain the masses. At the Avalon Air Show you can listen to the high octane jets flying over head, and be entertained all weekend by the displays and demonstrations.

There are also other types of activities that involve hot and noisy engines, however they will be covered in other articles. There's Avalon Speedway or Avalon Raceway. There is also the Avalon Motor Sports Complex. Lots of noisy engines, heat and excitement, and it all happens around Avalon.
Plane in the air, Avalon Airshow
Plane in the air, Avalon Airshow

Back to the Avalon Air Show. This year the show will have an extra flavour, as we remember the First World War. Avalon Air Show 2015 marks the centenary of the Gallipoli Landings and a hundred years of military aviation.

The Australian International Airshow 2015 pays tribute to the "Heroes of the Sky", the Anzacs, the heroes of military aviation. The "Heroes of the Sky" is the main theme of the event, and is the first significant observance of the Gallipoli campaign centenary year.
Eyes to the sky, Avalon Airshow
Eyes to the sky, Avalon Airshow

The tribute to our brave aviators promises to be moving and emotional. A large number of historic warbirds have been sourced from here and from abroad to take part in the event.

Planes from the World War Two era, including the Spitfire, Mustang, Kittyhawk, Hudson, Boomerang and Catalina will be on display. Some of the planes from the jet age, the Meteor, Sabre and the Canberra bomber will be on show too.

You could also see supersonic combat jets, showing off their abilities. Some of the supersonic jets include the R-22 Raptor, the Super Hornet and the F-16C Viper.

Watch military vehicles on the ground and in the air, including vintage warbirds and helicopters.

The Roulettes will be wowing the audience with their gravity-defying routines. World War One fighter aircraft will stage a simulated dogfight over the skies of Avalon.

As the Avalon Airshow 2015 falls on the centenary of the First World War / Gallipoli Landing, there will be tributes to the "heroes of the sky" and also land battlefield re-enactments.

On a large tract of land to the east of the main Avalon runway, you can watch a World War One battle (re-enactment), complete with trenches, weapons, equipment and soldiers all faithfully authentic to the era. There will be a display put on by The Light Horse Museum that includes weapons, field artillery, photographs, a fully decked out hospital and other memorabilia.
A flying fighting re-enactment
A flying fighting re-enactment

Head to Avalon Airport from Friday 27th February to Sunday March 1st 2015, for the Australian International Airshow, where you can see and hear the spirit of Anzac. Friday night there is the Night Alight spectacle. Gates open at 2.00pm with flying displays that go well into the night, and there is an explosive "Wall of Fire" for Friday night's finale.
Fireworks at Avalon Airshow 2013
Fireworks at Avalon Airshow 2013

Saturday 28th February and Sunday 1st March gates open at 8.00am. Make your way to Avalon Airfield for a weekend of incredible displays at the world famous aviation event - the Avalon Airshow.

Tuesday 24th February to Thursday 26th February are Trade Days. The public event starts on Friday 27th February.

You can view the whole program here. Here is a bit of a teaser for Friday 27th February. Gates open from 2.00pm. There will be public flying displays from 2.00pm to 9.15pm, finishing with the Friday Night Alight spectacular, Wall of Fire and Fireworks. If you can make it to the Avalon Airshow, I'm sure you will enjoy the re-enactments, the flying displays, and memorabilia from different world wars.

History of the Airshow

The Australian International Airshow 2015 is the 12th event (of this nature) to be staged at Avalon. Another concurrent major international event is the Australian International Aerospace & Defence Exposition 2015, a major trade event for aviation, aerospace and defence industries.

The Avalon Airshow is the largest event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. It will bring aviation and aerospace professionals together, as well as key defence personnel, aviation enthusiasts and the general public.

The Airshow originally started as a country airshow at Schofields in outer Western Sydney in 1976. It has become a major event occurring every two years, and it's become well known on the world airshow calendar.

In 1992 the airshow came to Victoria at the invitation of Jeff Kennett. Jeff Kennett, who was the Premier at the time, was keen to establish a technology based event that would attract key industry and defence representatives and tourists.
Spectators at Avalon Airshow
Spectators at Avalon Airshow

Images sourced from the Avalon Airshow 2015 web page.
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Why? fun, flying aircraft, fireworks
When: 2.00pm Friday 27th February
Phone: 61 (0)3 5282 0500 or 03 5282 0500
Where: Building 53, Avalon Airport, Beach Road, Lara, Victoria 3212 Australia
Cost: Adults $60.00 plus $10.00 parking
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