Syndia and I paid a visit to the Australian International Airshow
today. There were some very, very cool toys on display.

The traffic was awful - we left home just after 10am and got through the
gates at about 12:20pm - so next time we go it will be on the bike so we
can lanesplit . We met up with Roger and Dan just inside the gates and
wandered around for a minute or two looking for film for Roger.

The first real sight to greet us after we arrived was the RAAF
Roulettes. Not a bad start to the day I managed to get a few photos
and movies of their display, but I didn't get the final starburst

Static displays included a recently restored Spit, a bunch of modern
passenger craft, a host of miscellaneous choppers, corporate jets,
two-seater trainers and aerobatics toys and a whole bunch of military
craft - everything from F-15's, F-16's, F-18's, a Mig-15, a US Navy
F/A-18 Super Hornet and of course the F-111's that are still the
mainstay of our Air Force even though they're approaching 40 years old
now.

The flight displays included pretty much all of the military craft
listed above, plus a selection of aircraft from significant periods in
recent history. They had a replica of the Bleriot XI, which was the
first aircraft to cross the English Channel, a Sopwith Camel (Biggles,
anyone?), an SE5a, a collection of WW2 craft including another Spitfire,
three P-51D Mustangs and a Zero, amongst many others that I didn't
recognise or know of.

Post WW2 we got to have a look at the Hawker Hunter, a D.H. Vampire
(Australian-built), the new Eurocopter Tiger (seeing a chopper flip
upside down is eerie), the Mig-15 and a bunch of bomber craft.

Finally, the modern warbirds took to the sky - and what a sight. I have
to admit, the highlight of the show for me was watching the F-15 take
off on max afterburner, point the nose skyward while the rear wheels
were still on the tarmac and blast off into a 90 degree climb for the
best part of 10,000 feet in the time it took for my ears to stop ringing

Unfortunately, we didn't get to see the F-16s in the air - I'm told it
was pretty good to watch - as we were stuck in traffic. We did get to
see the Super Hornet being shown off though - the slow-speed fly-by at
30 degrees angle of attack was impressive, as was the full afterburner
launch out of it

Photos and movies will be up tonight or tomorrow morning.