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  • Brisbane Riverfire 2017

    Sunsuper Riverfire is the closing finale for the annual Brisbane Festival. Complete with a 20 minute fireworks display along 2 stretches of the Brisbane River with fireworks shooting from barges, high-rise buildings and bridges. The event is always well supported by the Australian Defence Force and this year was no[…]

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  • Avalon International Airshow 2017

    Martin Porcelli’s view of the show. Attending Avalon 2017 was something I wasn’t quite expecting, but when the opportunity presented itself, I knew this year was going to be quite exciting. The last time I attended  Avalon Airshow was back in 2009, some 8 years ago. I attended all trade days[…]

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  • The Red Baron Flies Again.

    The quiet grass strip at Luskintyre,in the Hunter Valley near Newcastle, NSW, had an unusual, but very welcome visitor recently, in the form of Fokker DR.1 Triplane replica, VH-FXP, operated by The Australian Vintage Aviation Society (TAVAS) in Queensland. The Triplane replica had been at Luskintyre for some work at the hands[…]

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  • Royal Thai Navy Museum U-Tapao Naval Base

    The Royal Thai Navy has established an aviation museum in recent times at one of its operating bases. The base at U-Tapao is located 140Kms Southeast of Bangkok and is home to the Royal Thai Navy First Air Wing. U-Tapao is the main flying base for the Royal Thai Navy,[…]

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  • Life’s a Beech Adventure.

    The beautiful silver twin seemed to hang motionless in the air as the day’s last light danced across its graceful, classic lines. One of the newest additions (or returns?) to Australian skies is the lovely Beech 18 VH-BHS “Miss Maple” of Chris and Haley Tibbetts from Beech Adventures, based at[…]

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  • Dry Season Thunder- a week in Exercise Diamond Storm 2017

    Over the last few weeks the tempo has ramped up to the final days of Exercise Diamond Storm 2017 which has been held in the Northern Territory. During just one week ASO was able to attend photographic and video opportunities arranged by RAAF Public Affairs Office to capture various aspects[…]

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  • Dawn Strike 2017 – Hornets Return to Their Nest

    The cold morning air was torn apart as wave after wave of aircraft roared low over the airfield in full afterburner before breaking off to land in a seemingly never ending stream. After about an hour the first waves of jets started to return back to base Last Friday morning[…]

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  • Royal New Zealand Air Force 2017 Air Tattoo

    Great weather, great performers and great New Zealand hospitality…that about sums up the Royal New Zealand Air Force 2017 Air Tattoo. This awesome event, held over the weekend of the 25th & 26th of February at RNZAF Base Ohakea, was this year’s showcase for the RNZAF. Celebrating the armed forces[…]

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  • The Dark Side of Avalon.

    The focus during the daytime sessions at the Australian International Airshow was fast moving and loud. When the sun went down for the Friday night session, it was time for the ASO team to turn their cameras to a slower shutter speed and take on some low light photography. Instead of[…]

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  • TAVAS – best WW1 aircraft collection on display.

    On the 22nd and 23rd of April 2017, just before ANZAC day, one of the rare opportunities in aviation comes about. The Australian Vintage Aviation Society (TAVAS) presents the 2017 ‘Great War Flying Display’ A tribute to the knights of the skies. This is truely a unique opportunity for Australia[…]

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  • An afternoon with the Dragon Lady.

    I’m thrown back in my seat as the driver plants his foot and we accelerate away, then I’m pushed to the side as we make a hard right (still accelerating) as the speedo passes 100 miles (yes, MILES) per hour, and I’m left trying to catch my breath and attempt[…]

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  • The USAF’s 25th Fighter Squadron. PACAF’s HOGS

    A modern, high bypass turbofan makes a pretty characteristic sound, something of a whining, buzzing noise, which is common at most civilian airports around the world. But the shapes that were emerging out of the gloom towards us down the taxiway were no long-haul giant or budget airliner, rather it[…]

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  • Corsair and Mustang Air-to-Air

    On the Friday afternoon, just before the Hunter Valley Airshow at Maitland a few weeks ago, I was given the incredible opportunity to catch two of the star attractions, Graham Hosking’s amazing F4U-5N Corsair and Judy Pay’s beautiful CAC Mustang, in the air thanks to Paul Bennet Airshows. Sadly, the[…]

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  • RAAF 2OCU 75th Anniversary F/A-18A Tail Scheme.

    2017 marks the 75th anniversary for the Royal Australian Air Force’s No. 2 Operational Conversion Unit, or 2OCU . The unit formed in April 1942 at Port Pirie, SA but relocated to RAAF Mildura, Victoria the following month. The unit provided training on all forms of aircraft during World War 2 but[…]

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  • The Roulette Experience is enough to flip your world upside down.

      Everyone starts the year with a few goals and I’m no different, but 2015 was a massive year for myself covering the Australian International Air Show at Avalon, FCI Course, Exercise Talisman Sabre, Exercise Northern Shield , Exercise High Sierra and Warbirds Downunder. So for me 2016 had to be[…]

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  • Bathurst 1000 F/A-18A Hornet displays 2016.

    Australia’s biggest car race was on again. The Bathurst 1000 attracts every car nut in Australia to the ” Mountain” (mount Panorama) but for me it’s the best and shortest drive I can do to see a Hornet display. Every year since I started going, the Royal Australian Air Force has[…]

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  • Flight of the Hurricane

    Mark Jessop Who says you can’t have a mini Air Show in 5 weeks time ? Well this is how the whole “Flight of the Hurricane” public flying day came about. Once the 1st 2 flights had been made the team at Vintage Fighter Restorations and owner John Brooks really[…]

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  • F/A-18A Hornet Onboard Video V8 Supercars Clipsal 500.

    With all of South Australia having no power due to the biggest storm in maybe 100 years there could be no better time on “Throw Back Thursday” to release some awesome video footage from the 2016 V8 Supercars Clipsal 500. The pilot is from SA and he sure does do[…]

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  • Current list of Future Air Shows and Events

    Last Updated 31/03/2017 April 2017 14 – 16 APR – Omaka Classic Fighters Airshow 2017 – Omaka Aerodrome, Blenheim (NZ) – Event Website 22- 23 APR – TAVAS Great War Flying Display – Caboolture Airport. (QLD) – event page 23 APR – Kyneton Air Show – Kyneton Airfield, (VIC)  Web Page  May[…]

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