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Is the RAAF full of big girls’ blouses nowadays?

By troll-sniffer - 27 January 2012 24

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Strolling up Mt Ainslie this morning I was excited to see three FA/18 Hornets approaching from the south.  They made quite a sight as they turned away to the north west and with my 20/20 vision I was just able to track them as they made a long orbit way to the south before a single pass east to west along the lake and then…  bye!  

I guess the boffins are only able to authorise such a timid display of airliner-style flying in case Mr and Mrs Citizen down at the lake claim that their progeny are traumatised by the sight and sounds of military hardware.

If that’s the best they can do better they stay home and work out ways to keep the cotton wool wrapped around the noisy minority.

[Photo by Devil_n_Disquiz]

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Is the RAAF full of big girls’ blouses nowadays?
harvyk1 4:07 pm 27 Jan 12

futto said :

I too was very disappointed. The media release said they were going to do a 700kmph approach and I’m sure it was half that speed. I still loved it though, but I want more!

Can I ask what sort of measuring equipment you used to determine a max speed of only 350 km/h?
Eyeballs do not count…

Jethro 3:47 pm 27 Jan 12

The RAAF started going downhill the day Captain RAAF began writing stern letters.

deye 3:42 pm 27 Jan 12

Thoroughly Smashed said :

If you were after an airshow, the middle of a city is exactly the place you won’t find one.

Victory In The Pacific day airshow 2005 http://www.flickr.com/photos/d-eye/sets/1364038/ over the central basin. Was a great day, would love it if they did a similar show again.

Stevian 2:38 pm 27 Jan 12

futto said :

. I really want them to churn up the water on the lake, the way the US Navy does in San Fransisco Bay.

If you want to see that then go to San Francisco.

Thoroughly Smashed 2:08 pm 27 Jan 12

If you were after an airshow, the middle of a city is exactly the place you won’t find one.

deye 12:51 pm 27 Jan 12

futto said :

I really want them to churn up the water on the lake, the way the US Navy does in San Fransisco Bay.

The infamous sneak pass 😀 would love to see that, I suspect though that the bridges across the lake would rule it out for here.

deye 12:50 pm 27 Jan 12

We were lucky to get two passes this year. Normally for the flag raising and gun salute it’s a single east to west pass down the lake, though usually a little lower than it was this year.

Australia celebrates live and skyfire events are a display, not a flypast hence the hanging around for longer and doing interesting things.

harvyk1 12:33 pm 27 Jan 12

futto said :

The F/A 18 display on the day before Skyfire (the practice run) last year was the best I have seen outside of a proper airshow. Low and fast. I really want them to churn up the water on the lake, the way the US Navy does in San Fransisco Bay.

A bay which is many times bigger than out own LBG, with much more space between obstacles such as bridges.

I for one enjoyed seen the F/A 18’s flying overhead, and given they where going too fast overhead it meant I could actually see them rather than a blur between the trees…

qbngeek 12:06 pm 27 Jan 12

futto said :

Low and fast. I really want them to churn up the water on the lake, the way the US Navy does in San Fransisco Bay.

I am pretty sure San Francisco bay is a bit bigger than our piddly little lake. They would go from one end to the other in about 5 seconds. The fact there are two relatively low bridges over it would make it a bit interesting as well.

bikhet 11:56 am 27 Jan 12

You want acrobatics get The Roulettes. These guys are more suited to dumping ordnance on Parliament House.

futto 11:27 am 27 Jan 12

I too was very disappointed. The media release said they were going to do a 700kmph approach and I’m sure it was half that speed. I still loved it though, but I want more!

The F/A 18 display on the day before Skyfire (the practice run) last year was the best I have seen outside of a proper airshow. Low and fast. I really want them to churn up the water on the lake, the way the US Navy does in San Fransisco Bay.

poetix 9:36 am 27 Jan 12

Great headline. Conjures up images of big girls’ blouses floating down like flowery parachutes. Did for me anyway.

I love the flyovers! Nice to see where all that money goes.

peterh 9:20 am 27 Jan 12

the roulettes were far better the day before – they went in really low a couple of times. got some good photos of them. The F/A-18s were not as exciting, but there were a couple of opportunities to get closeups, especially as they roared over mount Ainslie before one run down the lake.

johnboy 9:12 am 27 Jan 12

dump and burn was an f111 speciality

Postalgeek 9:11 am 27 Jan 12

True. This town needs more cow bell. Afterburners at least.

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