The Royal Australian Air Force has treated the people of Adelaide to a unique preview of the upcoming Edinburgh Air Show, with a formation of RAAF aircraft flying over the city.
Flown at a height of 1,000 metres over the city, the activity was conducted to allowed local media to get a first-hand look at the Air Show, which will be held at RAAF Base Edinburgh from 9-10 November.
Air Commodore Christopher Sawade, the Head of Air Shows, said the flight gave a taste of what will be on display at next month’s show.
“We got to see one of the oldest aircraft in the RAAF fleet, the PC-9, which are being retired after over 30 years’ service later this year, flying alongside one of the newest aircraft in the fleet, the P-8 Poseidon,” AIRCDRE Sawade said.
Flight Lieutenant Adam Francki, a South Australian local from the Aircraft Research and Development Unit based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, piloted one of the PC-9s during the formation.
“Having two PC-9s off the wings of a P-8 is something the public doesn’t get to see very often, so that is pretty special,” FLTLT Francki said.
Flight Lieutenant John Ayers, the captain of the C-130J, said it was an amazing experience.
“I am certainly proud to have flown and led the formation around Adelaide,” he said.
“Flying alongside this amazing P-8 Poseidon and the PC-9s, which is a training workhorse, has been an absolute pleasure.”
Headlining the jam-packed line-up will be the F-35A Lightning II, and it will be the first time the fifth-generation aircraft will be on display to the public in Adelaide.