Avalon 2013

56 photos from The 2013 Australian International Air Show

Aircraft at the Avalon 2013 Air Show in order of appearance. Apologies for the frozen propellers, I use a fast shutter speed to obtain crisp images of moving aircraft.

De Havilland Drover

A 1951 De Havilland Australia Drover from the Dove and Devon stable.
Powered by three upside-down De Havilland Gypsy Major engines.

DC-3 Dakota

A 1942 Douglas DC-3 Dakota, VH-AES. The post WWII workhorse of the skies.


Skip Stewart flying his Pitts in a low level knife-edge pass.

Consolidated Catalina

The Historical Aircraft Restoration Society's 1945 Consolidated PBY-6A Catalina amphibious flying boat.


Lockheed AP-3C Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft.

Orion with Propeller Feathered

The Orion approaching in long endurance mode with its starboard outboard engine shut down.

Schweizer 300 Helicopter

The Hughes 300 became the Schweizer 300 and is now the Sikosky 300. Here it is flying backwards.

Helicopter playing yo-yo

The chopper pilot tried to demonstrate a yo-yo but, as often happens, it didn't work.

USAF Globemaster

This U.S.A.F. McDonnell Douglas C-17 Globemaster III developed a fault and just taxied down the runway ...

Globemaster Returns

... and back. Export models for Britain, Australia and Canada are being manufactured by Boeing.

A Smoke Heart

A heart drawn in the sky by a stunt pilot. Two of the Roulettes did the same later.

Hornet condensation

An FA-18 Hornet in a steep pull-up streaming condensation either side of its cockpit.

Taxiing Hornet

The crew of the Hornet waves to the crowd after landing.

Edge 540

The Zivco Edge 540 is possibly the best aerobatic plane in the world.
Its fuselage is designed to take over 15 G's of sustained loading.

Pitts and Edge


Edge flying through explosion

Utterly mad!


The boys across the runway must have got bored.

Pitts and Black Smoke

The black smoke from this big bang dwarfs the Pitts. Am I allowed to say 'dwarfs'?


CAC Boomerang was the first aircraft to be designed and built in Australia. Design began on 21st December 1941.
16 weeks and 4 days later the prototype flew - a record. It shows what can be achieved when the pressure's on!

Gloster Meteor

The first Allied jet fighter of WWII, the Gloster Meteor, made its maiden flight in 1943.
This F8 version is from Temora's Aircraft Museum.


A North American F-86 Sabre converted by the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation to accept a more powerful Rolls
Royce Avon engine. Though owned by the R.A.A.F., this aircraft is maintained and operated by the Temora Museum.

Salto Jet Glider

The Super Salto Jet Glider powered by a PBS TJ-100 jet engine developing 225 lbs thrust looks like a lot of fun.
I wonder what the noise level is like in the cockpit. The pilot's head is only inches from the engine.

Salto with Smoke

The canisters attached to the wing tips in the picture above generate white smoke for display purposes.

The Temora Trio

A trio from Temora. The little CAC Boomerang leads the Gloster Meteor F8 and the swept wing CA-27 Sabre.

The Temora Trio

Another view of the Boomerang, Meteor and Sabre.

Meteor and Sabre

Perhaps they got fed up waiting for the Boomerang; the Meteor and Sabre.

Meteor in Flight

The Meteor again, this time alone.

Solo Sabre

And the Sabre, flown by Squadron Leader Paul 'Simmo' Simmons. Simmo spends half his time teaching young RAAF pilots to fly the FA-18 Hornet front line fighter and the remainder helping troubled kids. He's one of the best!

Sabre landing

When Simmo lands the Sabre he holds the nose high to wash off the speed. The reason: It reduces wear on the
old aircraft's brakes. The engineers who maintain the Sabre really appreciate this; parts are hard to come by.

Raptor Take-off

Ladies and Gentlemen, the F-22A Raptor, the greatest combat aircraft of all time.
The Yanks say so. Incessantly. Ugly bitch, isn't it? Look at all that heat behind it.

The Raptor

Left: The Raptor going uphill - fast. Eat your heart out Jack and Jill
Right: Weapons bay doors open - where all the noisy stuff is stored.

Taxiing Raptor

And the F-22A safely back on the ground. Now, if they can just cure the software problems, modify it so it can fly near lightning, not suffocate the pilot and and bring the price down to reality, maybe it'll be a worthwhile aircraft.


A de Havilland Canada STOL Caribou, purchased by the RAAF in 1965, saw service in Vietnam and was retired in 2009. The Historical Aircraft Restoration Society purchased it and a second Caribou in 2011 with the intention of flying them for another 20 years as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Flight. That might be why HARS also bought six semi-trailer loads of spare parts. Written in gold on the nose, 45 Years of Operations

RAAF Globemaster

The USAF couldn't get their Globmaster off the ground but the RAAF had no such problem. Look at its shadow!

Globemaster Top View

An RAAF Globemaster made by Boeing, in a right bank over the crowd to display its top view.
The control surfaces show the pilot killing lift on the port wing to level out.

Globemaster Landing

C-17A landing in a stiff cross wind. Full flaps, leading edge slats deployed, slight into-wind bank
and some rudder to counter weather-cocking. Gee, what a loss I am to aviation.

Reverse Thrust

The Globemaster captain demonstrated the reverse thrust capability of his engines by reversing down the runway.


Back to WWII. This 1943 Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk is probably in better condition than the day it first flew.


The first General Dynamics (now Lockheed Martin) F-16 Fighting Falcon flew in 1973. Though no longer being bought by the USAF, it remains in production for export.


The first flight of the F-16 was only intended as a fast taxi test. The aircraft became unstable, rocking severely and veering off the runway. The test pilot decided to take off to avoid destroying the aircraft. He landed safely and the jet made its official maiden flight a few days later.

Wing Walker on Boeing Stearman

The Breitling Team has six wing walkers, all 'stunners'. The biplane is a Boeing Stearman Model 75 built in 1942.
The Breitling Team is British. They normally fly two Stearmans in formation, a wingwalker on each but they had a problem.

Stearman inverted

The wing walker, hanging below the inverted aircraft, was peddling her legs as if walking.

Lockheed Hudson

The only remaining Lockheed Hudson in flying condition in the world. Another of Temora's treasures.

Constellation Taking Off

Manufactured in 1955, Connie brings back happy memories of a time when airliners had personality.
This Lockheed Super Constellation belongs to H.A.R.S.

Constellation in Flight

Connie in flight, sleek and graceful.

Roulettes Arrival

As the Constellation lands, the R.A.A.F. Roulettes arrive.

Two Roulettes

This picture would look as good upside down.

Roulettes Heart

Now that's a better heart. Two PC-9s of the Roulettes.

Six Roulettes

Excuse me Leader, tell me again, where am I supposed to be?

Super Hornet Taking Off

An F/A-18F Super Hornet disturbing the peace. And how! One of a flight of four taking off.

Formation of Super Hornets

Four R.A.A.F. Super Hornets flew a very tight formation. They were extremely good.

Approaching Hornets

These guys are good!


A BAe Hawk 127 on take-off. Unfortunately by the time the Hawk flew the sun was behind it.

Hawk Landing

And landing.

C-130J Hercules

A C-130J Hercules on final approach. Freezing the props shows the curved shape of the blades - six per propeller.

The End