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The Royal Australian Air Force has taken part in the 2019 Sunsuper Riverfire in Brisbane, with flying displays from the F/A-18F Super Hornet and C-17A Globemaster from RAAF Base Amberley.
The RAAF has a proud history with Sunsuper Riverfire over the 21 years of its existence, which "celebrates the end of three weeks of Queensland’s largest arts and cultural event with a pyrotechnic extravaganza set to an almighty soundtrack celebrating 1989, Riverstage's birthday year".
Event organisers described the event as "one of the most electrifying fireworks displays in Australia, fired by Foti Fireworks Queensland from multiple bridges, barges and city rooftops, with aerobatics from the Australian Defence Force".
Senior ADF Officer at RAAF Base Amberley, Group Captain Robert Graham, said the ADF is proud to be supporting this year’s event with flypasts, infantry displays and entertainment that will build excitement in the lead up to the evening fireworks.
“Spectators can again expect a spectacular demonstration of our pilots’ expertise as a mighty C-17A Globemaster from Amberley’s No. 36 Squadron descends from altitude to make a low pass of Brisbane River and the CBD,” GPCAPT Graham said before the event.
“This transport fleet workhorse can carry up to five Bushmaster infantry vehicles or two semi-trailers as cargo and has conducted missions and humanitarian relief as far away as the Middle East and Antarctica.
“Crowds at South Bank Parklands will also be thrilled by a flypast from Air Force’s F/A-18F Super Hornet fastjet from No. 1 Squadron, also based at RAAF Base Amberley.
“In the lead up to the fireworks, the Navy Band Queensland will entertain audiences at Suncorp Piazza with swing and top 40 hits, while nine Royal Queensland Regiment troops and a vehicle will showcase infantry capabilities with a colourful dismounted display.”