The Asia-Pacific region is showcasing its growing sophistication in technology, equipment, systems and operational methods in the AVALON 2015, The Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defense Exposition. The most potent stealth fighters such as the F-22 Raptor of the United States and the Super Hornets of Australia are on static display. The show also features classic war planes that championed the Korean War, Vietnam War, Cold War and World War II.
Gloster Meteor F.8
Gloster Meteor F.8 is the last of her kind, with her first ever deployment happening during the Korean War. She was developed during World War II and had first serviced the Britain’s Royal Air Force in 1944.
She is highly effective when it comes to infantry support and ground attack. Its first combat success was in 1944 against V-1 Flying Bombs. These jet fighters were powered by two Rolls Royce Derwent 8 turbojets and capable of flying for more than 900 kilometers an hour.
Now retired from the military after being acquired by a private collector, she was bought later in 2001 by the Temora Aviation Museum.
B-52 Stratofortress are classic bombers. On Feb 27, she will fly directly from its base to the Australian Air Show, perform an act in the sky without landing and return to its base thereafter.
These warplanes, designed with a recognizable long sleek fuselage in 1946, were nuclear-capable and built as front line deterrent during the Cold War. She had also flown on a number of missions during the Vietnam War, Gulf War and in Afghanistan.
The US Global Strike Command still has 58 of the B-52 Stratofortress on the active list and another 18 in reserve. These warplanes are expected to remain in service until 2045.
Black Catalina Flying Boats
The Catalina flying boats are more popularly known as the Black Cats because they were flown for night missions right behind the enemy lines. They were used by the Royal Australian Air Force for a number of important missions. They carry 2 x 50 caliber machine guns in blisters ports and starboard and 303 machine guns. Using its wings, the Black Cats can also carry 1,800 kilograms of mines and bombs.
NZ WWI Warbird Collections Replica
The New Zealand warbird collection features replicas of five German planes and five fighters and bombers, including four British aircraft, a SE5a, a Sopwith Camel, a a Bristol F2, and an RE8 Bomber, all of which were flown by Australian Flying Corps or AFC.
WWI fighters from The Australian Vintage Aviation Society collection, including a trio of Fokkers, a DRI triplane, an E-III Eindekker and D-8 flying razor, will join NZ’s warbird collections in an air performance.
A Hudson Bomber will be showcased in the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defense Exposition. It is also the last of her kind. She began service in 1941 searching for Japanese submarines off the coast of Western Australia.
She became the first British aircraft to shoot down a German plane during WWI on Oct 8 1939. She had also become the first allied aircraft to attack and sink a Japanese warship on Dec 7 1941 and the first allied aircraft to sink a German submarine on March 1 1942.
Her appearance at the show will her first after 73 years of retirement from the military.
F-22 Raptor, dubbed as U.S.A.’s most potent stealth jet fighter, will also grace the Australian International Airshow 2015.
The most advanced warplane ever built can carry missiles, high powered cannon fire, and guided bombs. Her radar absorbent body make her undetectable and untraceable by enemy radar. Her low radio, heat and low noise emissions made her almost invisible to the naked eye. She can “supercruise” at almost twice the speed of sound.
She has a price tag of about $400 million per unit, making her the most expensive warplane ever built.
F/A-18F Super Hornet
F/A-18F Super Hornets, developed by Boeing, flies at 2,000 kilometers per hour and carries guided missiles and bombs, including air-to-air missiles, air-to-ground missiles and Harpoon anti-ship missiles.
She is fitted with a 20 mm cannon and is capable of launching laser guided bombs. She is very much capable of ground strike operations, air-to-air warfare, marine strike, close air support and reconnaissance.
The AVALON 2015, The Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defense Exposition will be open to the general public at Australia’s Avalon Airport in Geelong, Victoria from Feb 27 until March 1.