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Four Hornets flying slow, straight, and far apart the best show the RAAF can put on?

By johnboy - 31 March 2011 27

hornet over canberra

Today marks the 90th birthday of the Royal Australian Air Force. To that end there was a ceremony at their memorial on Anzac Parade and a fly past.

Tight formation flying? Maybe a display of Hornets, Hawks, Super Hornets and Wedgetails?

Er no. Anzac Parade was the disgrace we have become familiar with in the long years of road works.

Anzac Parade

And the four old model Hornets flew slow, straight, and very, very, far apart.

More than a little underwhelming.

Happy Birthday RAAF.

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Four Hornets flying slow, straight, and far apart the best show the RAAF can put on?
creative_canberran 5:42 pm 31 Mar 11

johnboy said :

Curved intakes = old model.

The Superhornet’s EW possiblities make it far more formidable than any of the russian alternatives and F22 is not for sale.

“In assessing the Flanker against the Super Hornet it is clear from the outset that the advantage in firepower, speed, raw agility, range and manoeuvre performance goes to the Flanker. “

“In terms of supersonic speed, supersonic and subsonic acceleration and climb performance, the Super Hornet cannot compete with any Flanker variant. “

“In summary, the Flanker outperforms the Super Hornet decisively in aerodynamic performance. What advantage the Super Hornet now has in the APG-79 radar will vanish in coming years as Russian AESAs emerge. The one area in which the Flanker currently trails the Super Hornet is in radar signature (stealth) performance. The Super Hornet has inlet geometry shaping, inlet tunnel S-bends, and an AESA shroud all of which reduce its forward sector signature well below that of the Flanker.

In the short term, this is an advantage the Super Hornet retains, with the caveat that external stores put hard limits on signature improvement for the Super Hornet. However, Russian researchers have done some excellent work over the last decade in absorbent materials and laminate techniques for radar signature reduction, which offer the potential for the Flanker to achieve similar signature reduction to the F/A-18E/F. If funded, a reduced signature Flanker is feasible in the next half decade. ”
-Air Power Australia

The Flanker, or Su-27 is used by a huge number of operators including Indonesia. Even the US purchased 4!
Meanwhile the Super Hornet has not being purchased by anyone except the US and Australia, even the US Military didn’t want it. It only offers a marginally stronger radar for the moment (though with a smaller aperture than the Su and a better a frame climb ability).

johnboy 5:17 pm 31 Mar 11

Curved intakes = old model.

The Superhornet’s EW possiblities make it far more formidable than any of the russian alternatives and F22 is not for sale.

john87_no1 4:36 pm 31 Mar 11

Anyone know what Generation those are?

I wish Australia was getting the Sukhoi PAK FA or the F22 R.

MWF 4:34 pm 31 Mar 11

JessP said :

It was pretty damn impressive when they flew over my building in Woden and scared the sh*t out of me.

+1

RichardJones 4:20 pm 31 Mar 11

What a whinge.

The flypast was not an airshow, it was as a timed part of a ceremony at a war memorial. The RAAF doesn’t exist to put on displays for its own birthday with Wedgetails and Super Hornets but to train to fight and win wars.

If you looked outside, you would see that the cloud was overcast at 1000′ (as reported on the Canberra ATIS) and that aircraft arriving into Canberra had to perform instrument approaches. Listening to liveatc.net revealed that the Hornets themselves only got below the cloud by using the radio landing aids at Canberra airport. With Mt. Ainslee sitting less than 2km from the memorial, with its peak almost in cloud, maybe having four jets in a non-maneouverable tight formation moving at 1km every 4 seconds (420kts) would not have been the smartest idea in prevailing conditions.

Be thankful you got to see a jet at all.

georgesgenitals 4:07 pm 31 Mar 11

They were flying slowly to save fuel – don’t you people care about global warming?

tatef15 3:38 pm 31 Mar 11

I was more impressed when there was a hornet doing training for skyfire, that was so much more impressive than today.

Ozi 2:59 pm 31 Mar 11

Sure made a lot of noise coming over Weston Creek. Looked maybe 200 metres up, if that.

p1 1:36 pm 31 Mar 11

JessP said :

It was pretty damn impressive when they flew over my building in Woden and scared the sh*t out of me.

Didn’t exactly scare the shit out of me, but certainly made me jump a little. Looked pretty cool. Not exactly a tight formation though, as noted.

Captain RAAF 1:12 pm 31 Mar 11

meh…

DeadlySchnauzer 12:53 pm 31 Mar 11

They were very low at least. I was excited.

JessP 12:53 pm 31 Mar 11

It was pretty damn impressive when they flew over my building in Woden and scared the sh*t out of me.

creative_canberran 12:42 pm 31 Mar 11

I was about to say that perhaps these jets aren’t ideal for that fancy flying, then I remembered:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Blueangelsformationpd.jpg

Mothy 12:24 pm 31 Mar 11

That answers that then. Boo.

Chaz 12:09 pm 31 Mar 11

Any excuse for pubes to take more time off work

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