BILLED AS ONE of the premier aerospace spectaculars in the Southern Hemisphere, the Australian International Airshow 99 took place at Avalon Airport, Victoria, from February 16 to 21, 1999.

This was the fourth time that AirShows DownUnder, a division of the Aerospace Foundation of Australia Limited, has staged the event. And the Foundation’s chief executive Ian Honnery announced that after successful negotiations with the Victoria State Government at least three more biennial airshows would be held at Avalon, scheduled for 2001, 2003 and 2005. The event is now highly regarded as a major public entertainment spectacle and a valuable showcase

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Australian International Airs how, Avalon Airport near Melbourne

A report by Lon Nordeen

DESPITE THE HIGHEST temperatures for 100 years, strong winds which knocked over some aircraft and curtailed the flying demonstrations, plus the absence of the promised Russian fighter participation, the third annual Australian International Airshow held between February 18 and 23 was highlighted by exciting flying and a static display of more than 75 military and civil aircraft. Avalon Airport is the home of Boeing Australia (formerly the Government Aircraft Factory) which is where the Royal Australian Air Force fleet of F/A-18 Hornets was assembled in the 1980s and hundreds of other aircraft have been produced

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