Australia’s largest aviation expo, AVALON 2019 is held traditionally every two years. The next one will be organised on 1-3rd of March 2019 at Avalon Airport, between Melbourne and Geelong in Victoria. The first air display at Avalon was in 1957 when the head of the Port Melbourne Government Aircraft Factories Geoff J. Churcher OAM decided to put on a display for the employees. As the employees at the factory only ever saw individual parts of aircraft it was decided to mount a flying display at Avalon so the employees could see the final result of their work. In terms of attendance the 2017 edition of the airshow was the largest yet, with more than 210,000 people attending.
Next year’s AVALON will also providing exciting aircrafts on the sky and on the ground. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will present second time the Lockheed Margin F-35A Lightning. RAAF have 10 F-35s delivered already under the No. 3 Squadron headquartered at RAAF Base Williamtown, near Newcastle, New South Wales.
Besides the Lightning II the Air Force will be presented by the EA-18G Growler, the F/A-18 Hornet with its A – B and F Super Hornet variants, the Hawk 127, the Roulettes with PC-9s as the aeobatic team of RAAF and many more aircraft like: C-130J, C-27 Spartan, PC-21, E-7A Wedgetail, KC-30A MRTT and helicopters like: ARH Tiger, MRH-90, CH-47 Chinook, MH-60R Seahawk sent by Royal Australian Army and Navy. The Air Force, Army and NAVY are also preparing with interesting tactical displays too.
AVALON 2019 will also present international participants, and aircraft from France, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand and the United States of America. Next year the visitors of the event will be lucky to see the F-22A Raptor Solo Display, B-52H and C-17A Globemaster III displays by the USA but they can see interesting aircrafts on the ground display like the Kawasaki C-2 mid-size, twin-turbofan engine, long range, high speed military transport aircraft developed and manufactured by Kawasaki Aerospace Company from Japan Air Self-Defense Force or a CH-47 Chinook operated by Republic of Singapore Air Force.
Of course lots of great civil aerobatics displays and warbirds will be there again on AVALON during the first weekend of March.