The Australian Defence Force has showcased its most advanced military aircraft and technologies at Adelaide’s RAAF Base Edinburgh at the 2019 Edinburgh Air Show.
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Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said the Air Show, which was held over the weekend, featured a wide range of ADF fast jet, transport and rotary wing aircraft.
“The Air Show is a rare opportunity for the public to experience ADF aircraft capability first-hand and meet the people who operate them,” Minister Reynolds said.
“RAAF Base Edinburgh is vital to Australia’s military intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and electronic warfare capabilities.
“Air Force’s newest maritime patrol aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, which calls Adelaide home, was on display, alongside jets such as F-18 Hornet Fighters.
“The Liberal and National government is investing $470 million to deliver new and upgraded facilities and significant airfield works at RAAF Base Edinburgh to support the introduction of the P-8A aircraft.”
Senator for South Australia David Fawcett served as an experimental test pilot and Commanding Officer at the Aircraft Research & Development Unit located at RAAF Base Edinburgh.
“RAAF Base Edinburgh has been an integral part of the Adelaide community for more than half a century,” Senator Fawcett said.
“This year’s Air Show commemorates 100 years since South Australian brothers, Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith, made their first flight from England to Australia in a Vickers Vimy WWI Bomber aircraft in 1919.”