Aviation delight at Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix

The Formula One Grand Prix Corporation has aligned in partnership with the Royal Australian Air Force to promote the first Grand Prix calendar race for 2018 at Melbourne’s Albert Park.

Over four days from Thursday, 22 March, Air Force will delight race goers and fans with a number of high speed aerial displays showcasing the technical capabilities and precision flying of the F/A-18A Classic Hornet and the aerobatic proficiency of the PC-9 Roulettes display team.

On the final race day, a C-17A Globemaster will also make its presence known with an impressive low altitude flypast.

If looking up isn’t enough the public can get a taste for flying in the F/A-18 Simulator Experience located in the Industry and Innovation Precinct.

This year, the Australian Defence Force will also showcase the Royal Australian Navy Bell 429 Global Ranger helicopter with an on-ground display along with an Army display consisting of an M113 armoured personnel carrier, an Australian Light Armoured Vehicle and Army’s own Prime Mover, the ‘Armygeddon’, all located within the Industry and Innovation Precinct.

The Air Force’s Roulette display team fly as low as 250 feet (80 metres) at speeds of up to 460km/hr (250 knots) with pilots flying as close as three metres apart experiencing up six times, the force of gravity (6G) during a display. The team showcases the level of visual judgement and hand-eye coordination that pilots in the Air Force are able to achieve.

The Roulettes will conduct low level aerobatics at 2.25pm on Thursday 22 March, at 11.30am on Friday 23 March, at 1.20pm on Saturday 24 March and at 2.35pm on Sunday 25 March.

A single F/A-18A Classic Hornet flying at speeds of up to 1000km/h and a height not below 200 feet from Number 2 Operational Conversion Unit at Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown will be conducting flying displays at 4.30pm on Saturday 24 March and 3.10pm on Sunday 25 March.

Air Force will conclude its flying involvement at the event with a flypast by a C-17A Globemaster at 3.58pm on Sunday 25 March.

Air Force appreciates the support it receives from the Melbourne community during this flying activity. Noise management and environmental impact are vital considerations in the planning and conduct of all military flying.

For tickets and more information on the Formula 1 2018 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, please visit: www.tickets.formula1.com