RAAF Base Edinburgh Airshow

The Australian Defence Force today announced that RAAF Base Edinburgh in South Australia will host the next Defence Force Air Show on 9 and 10 November 2019.

Air Commodore Noddy Sawade, Head of Air Shows, said Defence was proud to stage the Air Show at RAAF Base Edinburgh.

“Defence has had a presence in South Australia since World War II and RAAF Base Edinburgh is a significant military base for the Australian Defence Force.

“We are looking forward to putting on an Air Show that features historic aircraft as well as demonstrating some of the latest Defence military aircraft and technology.

 “The theme of the Edinburgh Air Show is ‘Vimy to Fifth Generation in 100 Years’.

“The Air Show will commemorate the Centenary of the epic flight in November 1919 of notable South Australian Sir Ross Smith and his brother, Sir Keith Smith, who flew from England to Australia in 1919 in a Vickers Vimy to win the Great Air Race.

“The RAAF Museum and The Sir Ross Smith Foundation will have on display significant memorabilia associated with this epic flight. Historic aircraft will also be involved in flying displays and static displays on the ground,” Air Commodore Sawade said.

The Air Show will also showcase Air Force’s latest fifth generation military aircraft and technology.

“Flying displays are planned on both days and will feature fifth generation Air Force aircraft including fast jets, aircraft from the Air Mobility Fleet and the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance fleet. Air Force’s fifth generation maritime capability, the P-8 Poseidon which calls Adelaide home, will also take part in the Air Show,” Air Commodore Sawade said.

“Other highlights of the Air Show will include amazing performances by the Air Force Roulettes, the RAAF’s aerobatic team, with their new Pilatus PC-21 aircraft.

“There’ll be plenty of entertainment on the ground with performances from the Air Force band as well as extensive displays of the latest military hardware and a wide range of defence and local industry displays, and children’s activities.”

Tickets will go on sale from July this year.

The Australian Defence Force stages Air Shows approximately every two to three years at various RAAF bases across Australia. The last Defence Air Show at RAAF Edinburgh was in 2007.

RAAF Base Edinburgh is the centre of the nation’s military intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and electronic warfare capabilities. It is also home to the Australian Army’s 1st Armoured Regiment and the 7th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment.