Amberley Air Tattoo 2022: RAAF’s largest base to host air display for first time since 2008

The Royal Australian Air Force has announced that RAAF Base Amberley, near Brisbane, will open its gates to the public this October for the first time since 2008.

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The Ipswich Amberley Air Tattoo will take place on the 29th-30th October 2022, and will be run as a partnership between the base and the City of Ipswich. The main on-base show, which will be ticketed, will run alongside a number of simultanious free “community events” in North Ipswich, Springfield and Rosewood. Special flypasts should be visisble from these locations, with specially-built viewing platforms offering a good vantage point.

The RAAF has a tradition of hosting airshows every few years, with shows taking place at Amberley in 2008, Townsville in 2009, Williamstown in 2010, Pierce in 2012, Point Cook in 2014 and Townsville in 2016. The pace has slowed slightly since then, with the most recent RAAF-run airshow having taken place at Edinburgh, near Adelaide, in 2019.

These events typically feature a strong line up of in-service RAAF aircraft in the flying display, many of which do not perform at other airshows. So far, only static displays and flypasts have been promised at this year’s Air Tattoo, but local media reports suggest that the on-base element of the Air Tattoo will be a fully-fledged airshow.

The Ipswich Amberley Air Tattoo will be the first city-wide hybrid airshow the RAAF has hosted; if successful, the RAAF hope it will become a regular fixture on their calendar.

Amberley is Australia’s largest air base, home to squadrons operating the C-17A Globemaster, F/A-18F Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler, C-27J Spartan and KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport.

Further information will be made available in June.