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Zoomy, bangy Australia Day stuff

By johnboy 26 January 2009 25

The Australia Day citizenship ceremony went to plan, but I was on Kings Avenue Bridge to try and get a picture of the fly-past of four F/A-18 Hornets.

In retrospect I should have shot video because the sound of 8 General Electric turbofans throwing out 11,000 pounds of thrust each was the most remarkable part of a short, sharp display over the lake.

It was followed by a 21 gun salute which blew occasional smoke rings and that was it for the zoomy bangy stuff until tonight’s fireworks.


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ant 11:56 pm 26 Jan 09

The governor General being late thing would explain what they were up to. They were doing Ellipses, so they came and went, and kept doing it for quite some time. Killing time until she arrived, I guess.

imarty 9:44 pm 26 Jan 09

bigfeet, fair enough, I suppose I placed too much ‘significance’ on the flypast and was expecting more.
After the display last year by a jet at the airport I guess my expectations were raised a tad high.

With regard the your above comment, it was amusing to see my young fella trying to look at the jets that he could see and the sound that was obviously a fair way behind and trying to work it out (he’s 2 1/2).

Die Lefty Scum 9:44 pm 26 Jan 09

BTW I don’t mean that in a mocking way at all. It just reminded me of the song.

Die Lefty Scum 9:44 pm 26 Jan 09

Elton John – “Daniel”

bigfeet 9:32 pm 26 Jan 09

Die Lefty Scum said :

I’m blind.

Well, my cousin is blind (since birth) and we went to the RAAF airshow at Amberley, outside of Brisbane in the mid 80’s. The way he described how he experienced the F1-11 and Mirage flypasts was much more intense than the way I saw it.

It really gave me a totally different insight into how the blind “see” the world.

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