Down Under the Airshow
Highlights of The Australian International Airshow 2007. Words and pictures courtesy of Rob Foley.
Exhibitors, buyers and the general public flocked to Avalon Airport, a short drive from Geelong and Melbourne to enjoy the sights and sounds of this biennial event. Since 2001, this world-class aviation event and the trade exposition has grown to become one of the world’s six largest airshows, attracting over 200,000 people.
Under the title, Breaking the Barriers, this year’s show celebrated the 60th anniversary of breaking the sound barrier. General Charles ‘Chuck’ Yeager, the first person to break the sound barrier was a guest of honour, along with a full scale replica of the Bell X-1 he flew in October 1947.
A record turn-out of more than 600 military and civilian exhibitors showcased more than 800 aircraft over the five days. "We've just had the eighth and best ever airshow," Australian International Airshow chief Mr Ian Honnery said, with a big smile. "42 degree temperatures and extremely strong wind gusts had the potential to play havoc with flying displays and on site facilities. But a great team commitment meant we were able to put on the show under the most adverse conditions, and do it safely.''
A program of over 50 aerial displays included aerial supremacy of Boeing test pilot Ricardo Traven in a Super Hornet fighter, simulated war games by the Australian Army Iroquois, Kiowa, Blackhawk & Tiger helicopters and spectacular aerobatics...