Australian Defence Force support to Sunsuper Riverfire - Brisbane

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The Australian Defence Force (ADF) will again support Sunsuper Riverfire - the finale on Saturday 28 September of Queensland’s largest arts and cultural event, the Brisbane Festival - on Saturday 28 September.
Senior ADF Officer at RAAF Base Amberley, Group Captain Robert Graham, said the ADF is proud to be supporting this year’s event with flypasts, infantry displays and entertainment that will build excitement in the lead up to the evening fireworks.
“Spectators can again expect a spectacular demonstration of our pilots’ expertise as a mighty C-17A Globemaster from Amberley’s No. 36 Squadron descends from altitude to make a low pass of Brisbane River and the CBD,” Group Captain Graham said.
“This transport fleet workhorse can carry up to five Bushmaster infantry vehicles or two semi-trailers as cargo and has conducted missions and humanitarian relief as far away as the Middle East and Antarctica.
“Crowds at South Bank Parklands will also be thrilled by a flypast from Air Force’s F/A-18F Super Hornet fastjet from No. 1 Squadron, also based at RAAF Base Amberley.
“In the lead up to the fireworks, The Navy Band Queensland, will entertain audiences at Suncorp Piazza with Swing and Top 40 hits, while Nine Royal Queensland Regiment troops and a vehicle will showcase infantry capabilities with a colourful dismounted display,” Group Captain Graham said.
Timings for Air Force aircraft flypasts on Saturday, 28 September are scheduled as follows:
4.20pm         C-17A Globemaster flypast
5.30pm         F/A-18F Super Hornet flypast
7:05pm         Sunsuper Riverfire fireworks display commences
7.25pm          Sunsuper Riverfire fireworks display concludes
For safety reasons, the public is reminded that drones must not be operated over or above people or in a way that creates a hazard to another aircraft, person or property during Sunsuper Riverfire. Further information about the safe use of drones can be found on the Civil Aviation Safety Authority website or contact 131 757.
All flying is subject to change due to weather and operational requirements and the ADF appreciates the public’s continued support in South Queensland.
Find out more about the Brisbane Festival on their website.

Information on aircraft noise and current flying activities is available at, or by calling 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 362)