Sunday, October 11, 2009


The Defence Force Air Display in Townsville was the eighth in the series of annual Air Shows around Australia which took place on 26th September, 2009 in Townsville to celebrate the 10th anniversary of ‘The Strand’.

The air show event was a break from the past format.

The air show display was held on The Strand over water rather than on the Royal Australia Air Force (RAAF) Base.

The air show gave a wider frontage for spectators and it drew a large crowd that gathered from surrounding regions. The big draw card for the display was the United States Air Force demonstration Team, ‘The Thunderbirds’, in six F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft. They were accompanied by two C-17 Globe master transport aircraft and two KC-10 tanker aircraft for en-route refuelling.

Featuring the United States Air Force (USAF) Air Demonstration Squadron, the ”Thunderbirds”, the Air Display also included the popular RAAF Air Demonstration Squadron the ”Roulettes”; the C-17 Globemaster; C-130H Hercules; FA-18 Hornet; Hawk 127, Army Helicopters including the Chinook, Blackhawk and MRH 90; War Birds; skydivers and the ”Red Baron”. Thousands came along to see the air show on the Strand, and the Chinook and Black Hawk helicopters even gave a chance to get covered in sand and sea water.

The Air Display took place approximately for about three hours long.

The Australian Defence Force Air Display was one of the most colourful mounted by the Air Show team since the current series commenced in 2001.

There were different types of food and amusements rides through the afternoon and evening and following the air display there was a 90 minute concert by the Air Force Band and 1st Battalion Bands.

Ground displays included the Force Ten RAAF Band; Australian Federation Guard Precision Drill Team; Townsville Pipe and Drum Band; along with rides, exhibitions and a plethora of food and drinks.

At the end of the event there was fantabulous fireworks show which took place for 30 minutes. The fireworks display was supported by the F-111’s spectacular ‘torch’ demonstration.

Everybody had a wonderful time and I was very much excited to see all the various types of flights.

The successful day’s event concluded with the F-111 performing it’s spectacular ’dump and burn’, followed by a dazzling fire works extravaganza on the foreshore. The Air Display is said to have attracted around 70,000 spectators, equivalent to roughly 40% of the population of Townsville.

I enjoyed the Air Show very much and it was a life time experience to see this wonderful show and it will be a memorable event for me.


ஷ‌ஃபிக்ஸ்/Suffix said...

Wow..the first pic is so exciting, the flight is so close, did you take this pic from a tall tower or what? Thanks a lot for sharing, they are unique and interesting absolutely!!

creativekona said...

बहुत सुन्दर एवम रोचक पोस्ट---खूबसूरत फ़ोटोग्रैफ़ के साथ्।
हेमन्त कुमार

nituscorner said...

when i was younger i saw one such show and ever since Air Force people were always looked up with awe. and was often warned not to think of marry one less they take you to the airport and kiss you good bye. well, i think i did better. lol. an ex air force and an all security officer became my life partner 30 yrs later. this post of yours brought back fond memories. lovely.

pran said...


Nazish Rahman said...

This must have been an awesome experience m sure!! I loved the pics dear...amazing!!

chubskulit said...

Wow I've never watch a show like this, must be fun and exciting!

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BK Chowla said...

I am very scared of such Air-Shows.
How close did you go take these pictures?

Destiny's child... said...

The pics say it all. Your excitement at having seen the show is fully justified. Thanks for sharing the pics and details with us. :)
It indeed looks lovely.

डॉ. रूपचन्द्र शास्त्री मयंक said...

nice post.
यथा नाम तथा गुण।

deeps said...

wow! amazing ...
you got to have clik as well there ... great

Ria said...

tht was a lovely post and the pics were just awesome. :)

Singh Amit said...

Loved the post.. :)
Pics are really wonderful..... :)
And for me this post is more exciting as very soon I am going to work in Avionics for DRDO as a scientist.. :)

Sucharita Sarkar said...

fascinating! and very exciting.

AJEYA RAO said...

Informative post.

Jeevan said...

Well narrated the show along with flight names. I had been to Chennai Air Show in 2003 held at Marina beach and it was a wonderful show, but I couldn’t observe obviously because of crowd. I wish to see something like this clearly.

This seems like a day long fun! Wish you Happy Deepavali babli :)

Tomz said...

your posts are more like that of a travel writers..thanks for introducing me to the world of Air Display in Townsville

S B Tamare said...

An complete post about aviation and jolly enjoied it.

ஷ‌ஃபிக்ஸ்/Suffix said...

Wish you, family and friends a very happy Diwali. May God bless you all.

GMG said...

Hi Babli, here I am after another absence, much longer than I wished ;-(
You know I love airplanes; more than aircrafts... ;) Wonderful shots!!
Happy Deepavali!!

Blogtrotter is still travelling in Turkey. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Jaunty anima said...

Oooh!!Bravado..I salute them!!!and the pictures are really cool!!nice blog re!!!

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