COMBAT Camera issue 16 – the Avalon Airshow Special Issue – April 2017 – read right here or download and save for later.
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Welcome to this special issue of COMBAT Camera magazine – dedicated to coverage of the Australian International Airshow at Avalon, Victoria.
First off, I must thank the two great photographers who volunteered to cover this event for us. Without their professionalism and obvious skills this magazine would not have been possible. So, thank you Daniel McIntosh and Bradley Richardson – great job and a pleasure having you on my team.
Thanks also to the airshow organisers for allowing my two guys to join the 365 other media representatives from 15 countries!
The Australian International Airshow at Avalon in Victoria is actually the biggest air show in the Southern Hemisphere – and this year was even bigger than ever with a record 210,664 attendees over the six days – beating the previous record set all the way back in 2001, and a pretty staggering 20% improvement on the previous show.
Organisers accredited this year’s success to great weather and the debut appearance of Australia’s own F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, which obviously features strongly in this magazine.
Another record was the number of aircraft in attendance – 634, with 328 participating either in the air on on static display.
Obviously, Avalon is not all about military aircraft – but, let’s face it, most of us want to see and hear the rip-roaring jets – the louder the better.
To that end, there were 108 military aircraft present, from eight countries – with the ADF setting a record of its own, with 61 aircraft, including the aforementioned F-35A as well as that other brand-new beast, the EA-18G Growler, plus all the usual suspects.
There was also a record 664 participating trade exhibitors this year. Sadly, CONTACT was not among them (as an exhibitor) – and we really missed it.
We look forward to meeting you there in 2019!