Nigel Pittaway reports from Australia’s biggest airshow where there was an impressive gathering of military aircraft and an array of other types to entertain the big crowds.

The stars of the show for many were Australia’s first two F-35A Lightning IIs (A35- 001 and A35- 002). They are based at Luke AFB in Arizona to support international F-35 training and made the Pacific crossing especially for the event. All photos Nigel Pittaway
Former RAF Harrier T.4A, XW271 is owned by VTOL Technologies at Ballarat in Victoria and arrived at Avalon on the back of a truck. It is being restored to ground-running condition.

The 14th Australian International Air Show, held at Avalon Airport south of Melbourne was the biggest yet, with record crowds and over 300 aircraft on display over the six days from February 28 to March 5.


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