A Navy MRH90 Taipan hovers over the runway during the spectacular showcase of military flying machines at the Australian International Air Show 2017 at Avalon in Victoria.

Program

Friday 1 March 2019 - Afternoon program and Friday night alight

Gates open to the public from 2pm. There'll be flying displays from 2pm to around 9.15pm, ground exhibits from 2pm, and a Friday Night Alight spectacular evening show. 

Saturday 2 March 2019 - Airshow

Gates open to the public from 8am to 6pm. There'll be flying displays from 10am to around 4.30pm, and ground exhibits from 8am to 6pm.

Sunday 3 March 2019 - Airshow

Gates open to the public from 8am to 6pm. There'll be flying displays from 10am to around 4.30pm, and ground exhibits from 8am to 6pm. 

All aircraft and displays are subject to operational requirements, weather, and aircraft availability. These may change at short notice.

 

Aircraft

The breadth and depth of Australian Defence Force airpower capabilities will be on display for the public to see first-hand the latest military aviation technologies. 

Royal Australian Air Force aircraft expected to participate in the airshow include:

  • the first Australian owned F-35A Joint Strike Fighters
  • F/A-18 A/B Hornet multi-role fighters
  • F/A-18F Super Hornet multi-role fighter
  • Hawk 127 lead-in fighters
  • C-17A Globemaster III heavy airlift aircraft
  • C-130J Hercules
  • C-27J Spartan
  • KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft
  • KA350 King Air multi-role light aircraft
  • EA-18G Growler
  • P-8A Poseidon
  • PC-21
  • and the Air Force’s elite Roulettes formation aerobatic team will perform their final flying display in the PC-9/As.   

The Royal Australian Navy is expected to contribute:

  • Sikorsky MHR-60R Seahawk submarine hunter and anti-surface warfare helicopter
  • MHR-60R ‘Romeo’ maritime combat helicopter
  • MRH-90 Taipan maritime utility helicopter
  • EC-135 T2+ helicopter
  • Bel 429 Global Ranger

The Australian Army is expected to provide:

  • Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters (ARH) Tigers
  • MRH-90 Multi Role Helicopters
  • CH-47F Chinook
  • M1A1 Abrams tank
  • M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier
  • M-777 Howitzer artillery piece
  • HX-77 Gun Tractor
  • PMV-D Bushmaster
  • Protected Mobility Vehicle-Light Hawkei.

The RAAF Museum will also be bringing some of their heritage aircraft down for flying and static displays, including:

  • Sopwith Pup Replica
  • RE-8
  • CT-4
  • Wingeel
  • Harvard
  • CAC Mustang.

Not all aircraft will participate in the flying displays. Some aircraft will be on static display only.

 

Ground displays

There will also be major displays of the Australian Defence Force’s ground-based equipment and capabilities. This includes:

  • the Air Force Band
  • Explosive Ordnance display
  • Deployable communications display
  • a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) precinct for young children.

The Air Force Military Working Dogs will perform a handling display. More information: Military Working Dogs display times

The Australian Defence Force drone racing team will be competing at Avalon 2019. More information: Drone Racing Program.