Blogging The 2009 Australian International Airshow

This year I was lucky enough to work at the Australian International Airshow at Avalon, Victoria as a volunteer. I spent 4 great days in the Aircrew Reception area, delivering water to the display crews, handing out lunches to volunteers and display crews, meeting arriving planes and doing other various "hosting"-like duties (and had a ball).

Apparently the number of aircraft at the Airshow was down from the 2007 show, which meant my favourite fighter jet, the F-15 "Eagle", didn't have a flying display, but despite that and the rain the show was still very busy for all of the days I was there.

There were a couple of highlights: seeing a B-1B "Lancer" bomber both on the ground and in the air, getting to go inside the enormous C-5 "Galaxy" cargo plane, talking to local pilots who'd flown in and hearing about their machines, and of course talking with the other volunteers. Just like in 2007, the F/A-18F "Super Hornet" flying display by Boeing Chief Test Pilot Ricardo Traven was amazing to watch.

My favourite display this year was the simulated ground attack featuring a couple of small "Squirrel" helicopters followed by 3 Blackhawks that deposited ground troops, followed by a bomb run by two RAAF F/A-18 Hornets. Explosions and jets - very exciting!

On Friday Olivia and TJ came down for the night show, along with my mate Brad and TJ's friend Raymond. We all enjoyed the show immensely; TJ wrote a full page about the Airshow in his diary at school, and Raymond was overheard to say "This is the best day of my life!"



Above is a collage of my Airshow pictures on Flickr (part of the Avalon Airshow Flickr group). Other people are blogging about their experiences and from most accounts the Airshow was a success.

Once again, I really enjoyed my time as a volunteer, and am already looking forward to 2011!

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