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Heavy/Civilian Aircraft at the 2017 Air Show [05/03/2017]

Postby Mitch » Sun Mar 05, 2017 6:54 pm

After a few weeks away jetting to different points of the country, I scored myself a ticket to the 2017 Australian International Air Show. Being a huge aviation geek, I jumped at the opportunity and spent the entire day there. Unfortunately, getting extremely sunburnt came with that. Here are some photos of the heavier military aircraft, and the civilian aircraft coming in and out of Avalon.

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Qantas' Retro Roo II VH-VXQ (Boeing 737-838) idles on the tarmac.

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Volga-Dnepr Airlines of Russia's RA-82043 (Antonov AN124-100) towers over the rest of the show.

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The first of fifteen Boeing P-8A Poseidon to be delivered to the RAAF sits in the heavy aircraft area before taking off for a military show.

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For Jetstar's VH-VGR, it's business as usual taxiing to the runway to take off on flight JQ632 to Adelaide.

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And here is the same beast as it lands at Avalon from Adelaide on flight JQ633.

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Starting out life as an Airbus A330 before being converted to a tanker in 2004, the Royal Australian Air Force's Airbus KC-30A (Airbus A330-200MRTT) being towed to a parking position before taking off to joining it's smaller Boing P8-A cousin on the military show.

As always – questions, comments and criticism is always welcome.

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Re: Heavy/Civilian Aircraft at the 2017 Air Show [05/03/2017

Postby Mitch » Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:00 pm

PART 2.

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Royal Australian Air Force's one of six Boeing E-7A Wedgetail aircraft takes off to join it's P8-A and KC-30 cousins in the military display. This aircraft was developed by Boeing for the RAAF in 2000, and is now used in Turkey and South Korea as well.

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Jetstar's VH-VGR (Airbus A320-232) before spooling up to take off for the Gold Coast.

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In what seems like a rare visit to Avalon, Alliance Airlines' VH-NKU (Fokker 70) rests after a short flight from Essendon.

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This 1955 manufactured Lockheed Super Constellation "Connie" is the one of only two operational Super Constellations left in the world. By the time production was stopped, there had been 858 produced.


As always - questions, comments and criticism is always welcome.

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Re: Heavy/Civilian Aircraft at the 2017 Air Show [05/03/2017

Postby Leyland B21 » Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:26 pm

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The angles you got the runway shots from. I'd say you were standing near me. I was in front of the middle grandstand all day with the camera and tripod on Saturday if that's the day you shot these

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Re: Heavy/Civilian Aircraft at the 2017 Air Show [05/03/2017

Postby Fleet Lists » Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:27 pm

Thanks especially for the Constellation photo.

However from its history it does not appear to be a 1943 one, not being delivered until 1955. http://www.conniesurvivors.com/VH-EAG.htm

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Re: Heavy/Civilian Aircraft at the 2017 Air Show [05/03/2017

Postby Mitch » Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:36 pm

My mistake! I've confused the year Connie was produced with the year Lockheed started producing the aircraft. :lol:

Leyland B21 wrote:The angles you got the runway shots from. I'd say you were standing near me. I was in front of the middle grandstand all day with the camera and tripod on Saturday if that's the day you shot these

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Re: Heavy/Civilian Aircraft at the 2017 Air Show [05/03/2017

Postby Nugget » Mon Mar 06, 2017 12:29 pm

Mitch wrote:After a few weeks away jetting to different points of the country, I scored myself a ticket to the 2017 Australian International Air Show. Being a huge aviation geek, I jumped at the opportunity and spent the entire day there. Unfortunately, getting extremely sunburnt came with that. Here are some photos of the heavier military aircraft, and the civilian aircraft coming in and out of Avalon.
As always – questions, comments and criticism is always welcome.

Cheers,
Mitch :)


No C-17? Did they not fly on Sunday. On Saturday they indicated that the KC-30 is the largest aircraft in the ADF inventory. Be interesting if the USAAF ever decide to bring out one of their C-5s.
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Re: Heavy/Civilian Aircraft at the 2017 Air Show [05/03/2017

Postby Mitch » Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:59 pm

The C-17 was there but I was on the other side of the airshow when the display was on and completely missed it. Which is disappointing.

By length the KC-30 would be larger but the C-17 is huge.

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Re: Heavy/Civilian Aircraft at the 2017 Air Show [05/03/2017

Postby stajourneyman » Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:41 pm

Although not pictured, I am wondering whether the Boeing 707 and 737 shared the same front end exterior, as in cockpit are of the fuselage?

If not identical, they would have to be, at least, very similar.
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Re: Heavy/Civilian Aircraft at the 2017 Air Show [05/03/2017

Postby Mitch » Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:45 am

The 707, 727 and 737 all share the same front end design.

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