F-35 & F-22 to star at Australian International Airshow

MELBOURNE | Aircraft including the F-35A Lightning and F-22A Raptor will be strutting their stuff at the Australian International Airshow in Avalon next year.

The initial performer lineup sees an incredible mix of aircraft from the Australian Defence Forces and other air arms. Among the highlights will be the airshow debut of a Royal Australian Air Force F-35A in the flying display and a demonstration by a USAF F-22A Raptor.

Also starring at the show from the Australian Defence Forces are the Roulettes, performing with the Pilatus PC-9 for the final time, and displays from the EA-18G Growler, F/A-18A/B Hornet, F/A-18F Super Hornet, C-130J Hercules, C-17A Globemaster, C-27J Spartan, KC-30A MRTT, E-7A Wedgetail, P-8A Poseidon, Hawk 127, MRH-90 Taipan, CH-47 Chinook and ARH Tiger.

Two foreign air arms are currently slated to contribute to the show: the Republic of Singapore Air Force will send a CH-47 Chinook and PC-21 for the static display, while the United States Air Force will perform aerial demonstrations with the F-22A Raptor and C-17A Globemaster. They will also contribute a B-52H Stratofortress and KC-135 Stratotanker to the static lineup.

Three of Australia’s civilian formation teams will also participate, including the Sky Aces, lead by aerobatic ace Paul Bennet, and the Russian Roolettes. The third team will be the Jetworks Display Team, flying a pair of S.211 jet trainers in the colours of the Republic of Singapore Air Force.

Joining the lineup for the first time will be the Sky Bandits, a trio of display pilots from Lithuania and Romania lead by Australian International Airshow regular Jurgis Kayris. Other European acts at the show will include champion glider pilot Johan Gustafsson and Jacob Hollander flying Scandanavian Airshow’s Grumman Ag Cat. The Ag Cat will be performing both its LEDs, Laser and Pyrotechnics show at night and its Catwalk wingwalking routine during the day.

Photo: William Reid

The Temora Aviation Museum, always strong contributors to the show, will be sending an A-37B Dragonfly, Spitfire Mk.XVI, Lockheed Hudson and CA-13 Boomerang.

The Australian International Airshow will open to the public on the 1st-3rd March at Avalon Airport near Melbourne, Victoria.