Australia — Air Force to mark 90th Anniversary at 2011 Avalon Air Show

The Roy­al Aus­tralian Air Force (RAAF) is plan­ning to make the 2011 Aus­tralian Inter­na­tion­al Air Show a cen­tre­piece of RAAF’s 90th anniver­sary activ­i­ties, Chief of Air Force, Air Mar­shal Mark Bin­skin announced today.

The Air Show at Aval­on next March will be one of the largest and most com­pre­hen­sive air shows ever con­duct­ed in the South­ern Hemi­sphere.

“The air show will coin­cide with RAAF’s 90th Anniver­sary. So the 90th will be a key theme for this world class event which is run by Air Shows Down Under,” Air Mar­shal Bin­skin said.

“This will be a great oppor­tu­ni­ty for the pub­lic to get a close look at Air Force’s cur­rent high-tech fight­er and strike capa­bil­i­ties, includ­ing the potent F/A-18F Super Hor­net and the Wed­getail air­borne ear­ly warn­ing and con­trol air­craft, both of which came into RAAF oper­a­tional ser­vice this year.”

“The air show will be a major oppor­tu­ni­ty to high­light RAAF’s future, in par­tic­u­lar our tran­si­tion to the cut­ting-edge Joint Strike Fight­er,” Air Mar­shal Bin­skin said.

“The Aval­on air show and asso­ci­at­ed con­fer­ences will also focus on unmanned air­craft. Air Force’s Heron is already pro­vid­ing cru­cial sup­port to oper­a­tions in Afghanistan, and remote­ly pilot­ed air­craft will be a key fea­ture of our future capa­bil­i­ty.”

“We antic­i­pate near­ly all of Air Force’s air­craft types will be rep­re­sent­ed at Aval­on next year, along with Navy and Army avi­a­tion assets. Dozens of Aus­tralian Defence Force air­craft will par­tic­i­pate. We’re also plan­ning major dis­plays of the ADF’s ground-based equip­ment and capa­bil­i­ties.”

“The Aus­tralian Inter­na­tion­al Air Show is a key oppor­tu­ni­ty for Defence to engage our indus­try part­ners. The air show and con­fer­ences will also draw senior mil­i­tary per­son­nel from the Asia Pacif­ic region and across the world. This makes it an ide­al forum to meet and exchange ideas with our inter­na­tion­al mil­i­tary coun­ter­parts,” Air Mar­shal Binksin said.

The air show will occur at Aval­on from 1 to 6 March 2011.

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Aus­tralia

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