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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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Zoomy, bangy Australia Day stuff
bigfeet 8:15 pm 26 Jan 09

imarty said :

Yeah deye but I still don’t get it, probably my lack of understanding, but why bother with about 5 seconds of jets flying past. What was the significance?
The ones last night were good as they flew straight over our house just as I was taking the bins out and then back again. Freaked the young fella out a bit and took a bit of work to get him to sleep.

Well if the GG was late, everything else was late. So if they were expected to fly over at an exact time, or point in the programme, they have to be in the air ready to go. So if everything else is late, they need to just circle around somewhere, waiting for their cue.

And apparantly that circle point is your house….bad luck mate!

imarty 8:06 pm 26 Jan 09

Yeah deye but I still don’t get it, probably my lack of understanding, but why bother with about 5 seconds of jets flying past. What was the significance?
The ones last night were good as they flew straight over our house just as I was taking the bins out and then back again. Freaked the young fella out a bit and took a bit of work to get him to sleep.

Pandy 8:03 pm 26 Jan 09

Yes GG was late. We were all told to stand for her arrival. After 2 minutes the annoucer said “Thanks for the dress rehersal”. Then a smart wag said: “She’s putting on her lippy”.

Anyone notice the the Australian Equivalent of the Secret Service? Men speaking into their hands. There was also this very doable SS chick with her long hair hiding her ear piece no doubt. How did I know she is SS? How many chicks wear baggy pin strip suits, no doubt to hide her gun.

bigfeet 7:55 pm 26 Jan 09

The intricacies of having an aircraft flying at that sort of speed arriving on target at a precise time is totally beyond me. But I am very glad to know that our defence force are able to deliver a mission with such intricate timing.

It says a lot for their training and profesionalism.

BerraBoy68 7:36 pm 26 Jan 09

bigfeet said :

ant said :

So that’s what those things were. I think they spent more time over here than over Canberra, they were circling us. Making a racket.

Apparantly the Governor General was about 6-8 minutes late in arriving.
So I guess the jets were put in some sort of holding pattern…and I guess that was over your house!!!

It’s an intricate ‘dance’ of sorts, bigfeet. Radio communication between pilot and a person at the ‘target’ area on the ground is constant to ensure the aircraft arrive right on time. Problems can and do occur though. Best one I’ve seen for timing was the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide. An F-111 screamed down teh start line right on cue with the end of the National Anthem. “Advaaance Austraaalia Faair (Cue whoosh of overhead pig on full afterburner). Amazing stuff.

bigfeet 7:13 pm 26 Jan 09

ant said :

So that’s what those things were. I think they spent more time over here than over Canberra, they were circling us. Making a racket.

Apparantly the Governor General was about 6-8 minutes late in arriving.
So I guess the jets were put in some sort of holding pattern…and I guess that was over your house!!!

deye 6:51 pm 26 Jan 09

imarty, it’s a flypast, not a display. The one at Australia Day Live was meant to be a display by the Roulettes, but for some reason ended up being the same as todays with 4 F/A-18’s – except they blew past twice.

imarty 5:55 pm 26 Jan 09

We went up to Red Hill to watch the jets, along with about another 50 odd people.
What a waste of time. They came in from the east, split up and were gone.
Anyone shed any light on why they even bothered?
The most exciting thing was the young blokes draped in their flags who locked their keys in their car and decided the best course of action was to smash their window!

ant 5:30 pm 26 Jan 09

So that’s what those things were. I think they spent more time over here than over Canberra, they were circling us. Making a racket.

sepi 3:59 pm 26 Jan 09

In our house fireworks are called Noisy Stars.

Pandy 2:59 pm 26 Jan 09

I was right under it when they did the split over flagpole. Great stuff.

Gerry-Built 1:56 pm 26 Jan 09

If you are going to the fireworks tonight, try this out if you have a DSLR…

Whatsup 1:45 pm 26 Jan 09

zoomy bangy stuff

Johnboy you are a fine wordsmith.

I’ll be watching the brmmmy, zoomy, lighty, fizz, pop and bang stuff this fine evening. Might even take some pics if I remember.

Gerry-Built 1:41 pm 26 Jan 09

The shot of the Hornets is great! Well captured johnboy!

MrPC 1:19 pm 26 Jan 09

The very same General Electric that uses predatory lending to destroy the finances of ordniary Australians. How patriotic.

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