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AVALON 2019

 NEWS & MEDIA

MEDIA RELEASES

5 November 2018

A HIGH FLYING LEGEND COMES TO AVALON


The most durable warplane ever built, the giant B-52 Stratofortress, will play a key role in the Australian International Airshow 2019.

Two of the classic bombers will participate in the event.

One will take part in the flying displays while the other will be on static display for those wanting to get up close and personal with this legendary aircraft.

Its massive swept back wings and long sleek fuselage make the B-52 one of the most highly recognizable aircraft of all time; it is truly an icon of aviation design.

These leviathans of the sky have an amazing history of longevity and service unrivaled in military aviation.

Design work began in 1946 and the first prototype made it maiden flight in 1952.

Between 1954 and 1963 the United States Air Force took delivery of 742 of these elegant high altitude bombers.

They were nuclear capable and built as a front line deterrent during the Cold War era.

B-52s have seen action in many wars and conflicts.

During the Vietnam War B-52s flew hundreds of missions; the aircraft also served with distinction in the Gulf War and in Afghanistan.

The US Global Strike Command currently has 58 Stratofortresses on its active list and another 18 in reserve.

It is expected B-52s will remain in service until 2045, almost a century after they first rolled off the Boeing production line.

The mighty Stratofortress rightfully carries legend status.

The B-52 will be just a part of a large and highly impressive United States contingent scheduled to appear at the Avalon-based event.

The Australian International Airshow 2019 will be open to the public Friday afternoon (from 2pm), Saturday and Sunday 1-3 March.

For more information contact Tom Bennett (03) 5282 0503 or tbennett@amda.com.au

25 October 2018

THE BEST OF THE BEST AT AIRSHOW 2019


The world’s two most potent warplanes will lead the cavalcade of military heavy metal at Airshow 2019.

Both the F-35 Strike Fighter and the F-22 Raptor will perform high energy, simulated combat manoeuvres and also be on static display.

The F-35 is the latest addition to Australia’s airborne arsenal.

It is the world’s most advanced military aircraft and is capable of supersonic flight while retaining stealth.

It has extraordinary acceleration, agility and 9G manoeuvrability.

This state-of-the-art combat aircraft is also able to employ a wide range of air to surface and air to air weapons.

The Raptor, from the United States, also boasts an impressive design profile.

In terms of speed, manoeuvrability, stealthiness and its ability to strike the enemy this $400-million jet fighter is an awesome defence asset.

The aircraft’s shape and the use of radar absorbent materials make it difficult to detect and track by radar.

It is also designed to have low radio, heat and noise emissions and is difficult to see with the naked eye.

The aircraft is powered by two massive Pratt and Whitney turbofans that generate more than 15,000 kilograms of thrust each.

Impressively the F-22 can “supercruise” at almost twice the speed of sound without engaging its after burners.

The F-22s will be just a part of a large and highly impressive United States contingent at the Avalon-based event.

The Australian International Airshow 2019 will be open to the public Friday afternoon (from 2pm), Saturday and Sunday 1-3 March.

For more information contact Tom Bennett (03) 5282 0503 or tbennett@amda.com.au