Australian Defence Force to support the 2019 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix

The Australian Defence Force is proud to again support this year’s Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix held at Albert Park, Melbourne from 14 to 17 March.

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will stage a number of high-speed aerial displays showcasing the technical capabilities and precision flying of the F/A-18A/B Hornet. A C-17A Globemaster will conduct an impressive low altitude flypast and Navy will showcase the MH-60R Seahawk "Romeo" and Bell 429 helicopters.

C-17A pilot Flight Lieutenant Caitlin Rytenskild from RAAF Base Amberley said she was excited about her role in the event.

“It’s great to participate in the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix – it is an amazing experience for the crowds and it gives us an opportunity to showcase our aircraft,” she said.

Hornet pilot Flight Lieutenant Michael Keightley from RAAF Base Williamtown said he was looking forward to flying on the day.

“Our aircraft are highly capable and performing these displays demonstrates their exceptional manoeuvrability while also giving us valuable training,” he said.

The Australian Defence Force exhibit, located in the Innovation and Technology Hub precinct will host a range of additional displays and experiences across the four days including:

  • Australian Army Rock Band performing at the Kids Corner
  • Australian Army Pep Band – Roving Performances
  • Army’s ‘Armygeddon’, a supercharged 7.0-litre monster
  • Air Force Simulator Experience, allowing visitors to gain insights into what fighter pilots experience in the air.
  • Navy helicopter MH-60R Seahawk ground display
  • Navy Team as part of the Tickford Racing Supercars Team
  • STEM Zone with virtual reality, robotics, kids trying on g suits and helmets
  • Plan Jericho – At the Edge
  • Air Force Drone Racing Team – indoor drone racing activity

Flying display details are available on our flying activity page.