Heart-stopping excitement hits new heights

Buckle up for the high-octane ride of your life! Experience the thrust and grunt of the latest military heavy metal . . . the roar of helicopters and the boom and zoom of vintage warbirds.

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Marvel as world-class barnstormers strut their aerobatic stuff. The Australian International Airshow delivers a wow factor that soars sky-high, and it’s coming to Avalon airport from February 26-March 3.

The first three and a half days of the biennial event — from Tuesday to noon on Friday — are reserved solely for the trade and visiting government and military delegations. The trade pavilions bristle with activity as products and technologies are compared and evaluated and deals are done. On the Friday afternoon, Airshow 2019 opens its doors to the public for two and a half days of high-flying excitement.

Airshow 2019 will feature an impressive array of modern military aircraft from home and abroad. Among them will be the two most modern jet fighters in the world: the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (pictured) and the F-22 Raptor. Other combat aircraft such as the F-16, the Hornet and the Super Hornet will be on display, while World War II vintage warbirds including the Spitfire, Mustang, Boomerang and Hudson Bomber will take part in a series of simulated combat manoeuvres.

Nine world-class aerobatic acts have also been engaged for the event. Among them will be freestyle aerobatic champion Jurgis Kairys, from Lithuania, who will lead his new Air Bandits precision flying team.

Drones, aviation’s fastest growing sector, will have their own dedicated precinct at Airshow 2019, while a series of spectacular battlefield re-enactments will provide a unique dimension to the show. Battle sequences will be staged on several “historic combat zones” on a large tract to the east of the main Avalon runway.

For tickets and to find out more, wing your way to airshow.com.au/airshow2019/PUBLIC/index.asp