Members of the public are invited to see Air Force’s premier aerobatic team, the Roulettes, perform amazing manoeuvres over RAAF Base Point Cook as part of an interactive flying display starting from 1:00pm on February 18.
Photo ID is required to access RAAF Base Point Cook.
Visitors will be treated to a pre-flight briefing by the Roulettes who will talk about their aircraft, flying techniques and ‘life support’ equipment. The team will then take to the skies to wow the crowd with a 15-minute choreographed display, before returning for a Q&A session with the audience.
The team will showcase the high performance and manoeuvrability of the Pilatus PC-9 aircraft and demonstrate the superior level of skill achieved by Air Force pilots.
The Roulettes’ breathtaking displays see them fly within three metres of each other; reach speeds up to 550 kilometres per hour; and fly as low as 75 metres above the ground. Roulettes pilots also experience up to 6G (six times the normal force of gravity) during their displays.
When the Roulettes are not showcasing their skills, they teach other qualified military pilots to become flying instructors at Central Flying School, RAAF Base East Sale in Victoria.
The Roulettes team comprises seven members; six of whom fly the display, with Roulette Seven flying the spare aircraft, providing commentary and ground liaison. The new team for season 1, 2018 was announced on 24 January this year.
The Royal Australian Air Force is proud to support public events whenever possible.