Hercules flare drop over Port Phillip Bay - Cancelled
By AFHQ, 20 February 2013 13:43:15

Hercules flare drop over Port Phillip BayAn Air Force C-130J Hercules transport aircraft will make a spectacular appearance on Sunday, February 24, as it conducts a 'flaredrop' over Port Phillip Bay.

Beginning shortly after 8pm, the Hercules will fly over Port Phillip Bay towards St Kilda in a counter-clockwise direction, at an altitude of 300 metres. It will complete a 'practice pass' to ensure there are no boats or other obstructions for the flaredrop.

On its second pass, the Hercules will dispense up to 240 flares over the course of ten seconds, as the aircraft banks left towards Williamstown.

The best public vantage points will be Beaconsfield Parade and the St Kilda Foreshore. The display may also be visible from Williamstown.

The flares will safely burn out before they reach the water; however, Air Force requests the cooperation of local boat owners to remain clear of the flightpath.

The flares serve a practical application, being part of the C-130J's countermeasures against attack by infra-red guided missiles.

The C-130J will be one of the many Defence aircraft on display at the 2013 Australian International Airshow, to be held at Avalon Airport from February 26 to March 3.

The display over Port Phillip Bay will also recognise this month's 10th anniversary of continuous deployment of Australian Hercules to the Middle East Area of Operations, the longest such deployment in Air Force history.

This activity is subject to availability of the C-130J to conduct this task, and may be cancelled at short notice. Air Force will endeavour to notify the public through media and online if this display is cancelled.

Live updates for the flypast will be posted to http://www.twitter.com/airforcehq and using the hashtag #Avalon13

File photo from 2008.

Unfortunately the C130-J Hercules aircraft that was due to fly over Port Phillip Bay was cancelled due to technical concerns. There was insufficient time to organise another aircraft before nightfall. The Royal Australian Air Force extends their sincere apologies to all the many people that turned out to see the display and thanks them all for their continued support. We hope to see you at the Australian International Airshow 2013 next weekend.