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Air Force prepares for Centenary of Military Aviation Airshow

written by WOFA | February 28, 2014

A mockup of the F-35A Lightning II is unloaded from a RAAF C-17 ahead of its display at the Centenary of Military Aviation airshow.
A mockup of the F-35A Lightning II is unloaded from a RAAF C-17 ahead of its display at the Centenary of Military Aviation airshow.

The Royal Australian Air Force is preparing to celebrate the Centenary of Military Aviation in Australia with an airshow to be held at its birthplace, Point Cook near Melbourne over this coming weekend.

The airshow will mark the March 1 1914 anniversary of Central Flying School Lt Eric Harrison’s flight from Point Cook in a Bristol Boxkite, Australia’s first first military aviation flight.

“As Air Force hosts the celebration of the centenary of Australia’s first military flight, we are also focused on maintaining the traditions of service that have built the world’s second oldest air force, the Royal Australian Air Force,” Chief of Air Force AIRMSHL Geoff Brown said. “Air Force has evolved so much in 100 years, however we must continue to acknowledge the lessons of the past and remember those who came before us.”

Examples of almost every RAAF aircraft fleet type will be on display at the show, either in the air or on the ground, including classic and Super Hornets, the C-17 Globemaster, E-7 Wedgetail, AP-3C Orion and KC-30 MRTT. There will also be a range of visiting warbirds in the air and on the ground and RAAF Museum aircraft on static display.

Details of the airshow can be found here.

Come visit Australian Aviation at at the airshow – we will have a booth in exhibition marquee.




  • William


    Why have you neglected to mention Lt Harrison was in the Army? The Air Force wasn’t created until 1921.

  • random


    In some respects this is actually the centennial for Army Aviation not RAAF operations.

  • Rob B


    Note the title, guys – Centenary of MILITARY Aviation.

  • kim fawkes


    I’m looking forward to seeing the wealth of World War 1 type aircraft on display and the more modern aircraft but I’ll always have a spot for the Bristol Boxkite and SE5a. I understand some World War 1 reenactors will be there plus an Australian Flying Corps pilot in period uniform on the Sunday (maybe we can tempt him to shoot down the Red Baron), cheers Kim

  • Daniel


    I went to the show saturday and it was amazing if you get the chance to go you wont be dissapointed

  • Smarty


    For pure military types, the airshow on Sunday was equal to the best I have ever seen, including the RIAT. The Hornet flyover of Castlemaine (birthplace of Lt. Eric Harrison – pilot on 1 March 1914) was a fitting tribute. Well done RAAF.

    • australianaviation.com.au


      I agree Smarty, the air display was very smart and showed a great range of current and former ADF types.
      Similarly the static display, while not having some of then more exotic foreign machinery we see at Avalon, was well supported. Kudos to the ADF personnel on hand who were always patient and engaging.

  • Brian


    There seems to be some contention as to who the title of the world’s 2nd oldest Air Force belongs to with both the RAAF and SAAF claiming it.The SAAF (South African Air Force) was established on 1st Feb 1920 and is commemorated on this day annually . The RAAF was formed in 1921 so surely is the 3rd oldest Air Force behind the RAF.

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