Cadets seek thrills at in­ter­na­tional air­show

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

EIGH­TEEN mem­bers from the 110 Squadron Whit­sun­days Aus­tralian Air Force Cadets at­tended the Avalon In­ter­na­tional Air­show in Vic­to­ria over the week­end.

The cadets and staff spent Satur­day at the air­show vis­it­ing the hun­dreds of ex­hibits and dis­plays as well as watch­ing the air dis­plays vary­ing from vin­tage tri­planes and bi­planes to the mod­ern F/A-18 Su­per Hor­nets cur­rently used in the Aus­tralian De­fence Force.

They were among thou­sands of vis­i­tors who were lining up to see the ex­hibits in­clud­ing a walk through many of the air­craft cur­rently used by the Aus­tralian De­fence Force.

This in­cluded the C-17 Globe­mas­ter, Black­hawk he­li­copter and the re­cently re­tired Cari­bou trans­port air­craft. The Aus­tralian De­fence Force (ADF) con­ducted an hour long dis­play to demon­strate the power of the Aus­tralian De­fence Force.

The cadets also watched a per­for­mance from the Mil­i­tary Work­ing Dogs who dis- played their ground de­fence du­ties which in­cluded train­ing at­tacks from the RAAF Se­cu­rity Force Work­ing Dogs in their role of se­cu­rity.

As a trib­ute to the 100 Years of AN­ZAC Cen­te­nary, there was also a World War I reen­act­ment at the back of the air­field and a dis­play of vin­tage Mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles, uni­forms and equip­ment which in­trigued cadets and staff.

Af­ter their visit to the Avalon In­ter­na­tional Air­show, the cadets vis­ited the Point Cook Mil­i­tary Mu­seum where they dis­cov­ered some of the his­tory of Avi­a­tion and the Aus­tralian De­fence Force over the past. Af­ter a week­end full of ex­cite­ment, the cadets re­turned home on Mon­day with an ex­pe­ri­ence that’ll last a life­time.

“This trip has been a great and rare ex­pe­ri­ence for our lo­cal cadets, it is an ac­tiv­ity they won’t soon for­get,” com­mand­ing of­fi­cer, fly­ing of­fi­cer (AAFC) Adam Bradley said.

110 Squadron Whit­sun­days is still open for re­cruit­ing un­til the end of March. For more in­for­ma­tion call 4786 1426.

MEM­O­RABLE: The PBY Catalina night bomber and re­con­nais­sance air­craft which was based in Bowen dur­ing World War II pre­par­ing to taxi on to the run­way.

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