1 April 2005

What gives

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Has any one got any idea why planes were flying in formation above the ANU at about 5:20 PM today. I assume it was the Roulettes.

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There were certainly more than two planes in the air. My eyes arent what they used to be but they aint that bad.

One of them crashed weeks ago. They do have spare aircraft and there are many formations you can fly in with an even number. Diamond, line abreast, line astern, circle, square….endless

there are normally 7 planes but there were only 2 on wednesday, this is because as Blossy said, one of them had crashed. and you can’t fly in formation with an even number of planes.

It was to celebrate the RAAF’s 84th birthday.

He was RAAF, serving with the RAF.

Can some one explain to me why our Air-force would be having a fly over for a british pilot.
Is this common????

There was something going on at the Air Force memorial on Anzac Parade about 5pm so maybe it was timed for that.

After seeing the news tonight I also thought it might have to do with the return of the airman’s body, however I dont think that there was a plane missing. I have seen the missing formation before and what zoomed overhead looked like a full five in the fly past. Also I dont think they would be grouping over Turner and the ANU when the body was returned to Fairburn??

actually my laughter was more about the not so funny fact that the RAAF recently lost one of the Roulette aircraft during a practise flight over Victoria.

to expand, a plane missing from formation flying is the fly-boys poignant way of honouring a fallen comrade.

a bit like the army’s tradition of the riderless horse with boots reversed in the stirrups.

Matt Sheppard8:07 pm 31 Mar 05

Noticed them as well. I could have sworn it was earlier than 5:20 though.

true 🙂

why shouldn’t you?


I shouldn’t laugh.

I suspect it might be related to this.

Was a plane missing from the formation?

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