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The Roulettes were flying for the Royal Hobart Regatta again today. This plane (there are six total) went solo from the main group and did this stunt, where it flew vertically, then cut the engine and just 'fell'. It tumbled and turned for a while before firing up the engine and speeding straight down before pulling out of the turn hard.

For a moment you wonder if it's a stunt, or whether i'm photographing a horrible aerial accident. It was obviously well choreographed though as we saw this stunt a few times over the weekend.

The Roulettes flying in formation in front of Mt Wellington in Hobart, Tasmania. Part of the Royal Hobart Regatta celebrations.

The Roulettes were flying for the Royal Hobart Regatta again today. This plane (there are six total) went solo from the main group, but was followed in quick succession by the others.

This flyby went right over my house - this shot is of the plane on its approach, close enough for me to see right into the cockpit.

Visited "The Wings over Illawarra" airshow at the Illawarra Regional Airport today.


One of the main drawcards were the Royal Australian Airforce "Roulettes" acrobatic team. These guys are phenomenal at what they do and this was the first time I have seen them perform "live".


This shot was one of about 230 that I took of their acrobatic feats...and is by far my fave. It was nothing but pure luck to get these two so perfectly aligned. These planes were flying towards each other at breakneck speed and at the last possible moment they pass with literally only a few feet between them! Amazing!


See here for upcoming displays of The Roulettes...


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RAAF Roulettes

Wings Over Illawarra 2017

Australian GP 2017, Melbourne

The Pilatus PC-9/A's of the Royal Australian Air Force's formation aerobatic display team, the Roulettes, are parked at the end of the runway shortly after performing their routine at the 2017 Australian Airshow.

RAAF Roulettes aerobatic planes in six ship formation over Sydney Harbour for the IFR.


The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) celebrated its Centenary in October 2013 with events on Sydney Harbour culminating in the “International Fleet Review” (IFR) on Saturday 5th.

The Roulettes performing at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival 2015. Hobart, Tasmania.

Australian GP 2017, Melbourne

As the RAAF's elite formation aerobatic display team, the Roulettes perform breathtaking displays, using only hand-eye coordination to fly at speeds of up to 590 kilometres per hour. The six Roulettes may experience up to 4.5G (or 4.5 times the normal force of gravity) during a display in their PC-9/A aircraft. When the Roulettes are not showcasing their skills, they teach qualified RAAF pilots to become flying instructors at RAAF Base East Sale in Victoria


I'm impressed with my Lumix compact, as this picture was taken from my backyard when I heard planes flying overhead some 10km away in rehearsal for the commemoration of ANZAC or Australia Day celebration


The RAAF Roulettes gave a twelve minute airshow at Benalla today to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Benalla Gliding Club. There was a great crowd to witness the spectacular aerobatics.

RAAF Roulettes perform over the city of Melbourne, Australia

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Pilatus PC-9/A - two-seat basic trainer for the Royal Australian Air Force. Built under licence in Australia by Hawker de Havilland, the type is also used by the Roulettes aerobatic display team of the RAAF. (This example is not a Roulettes machine; those have a large stylised 'R' on the tail.)

The PC-9 is regarded as an easy aircraft to fly – it has ample power and excellent manoeuvrability – but a difficult one for precise formation flying, because it needs large trim adjustments to compensate for power and airspeed changes, and its low wing loading makes it highly responsive to turbulence. In the words of one Roulette, "it's not really a finesse machine". Despite the entry of a third training aircraft type to supplement the PAC CT/4 and the PC-9, the BAE Hawk lead-in fighter, there are no current plans to switch the Roulettes' equipment.

The afternoon sun created a nice silhoutte as R1 buzzed in on his solo display

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It was my first time visiting the Singapore air show. I was totally excited by the spectacular aerial display performance. One of the main highlight of the event is the debut of F-15SG , which was paired up with another fighter jet , F16C to put up a stunning show. The performance by Team Blair Aerosports' Rebel300 and RAAF Roulettes from Australia are equally exciting.


However, i was quite disappointed by the static display as it was swarmed by crowds and was not able to get much nice shots.And also, not forgetting that the rain pours even before i really see much of the static display.


View my shots from the air shows in the following links:

Singapore Airshow Set


Singapore Airshow



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Asia's biggest for Aviation's Finest


The Singapore Airshow, among the world's Top 3 aviation events, is the largest aerospace and defence event in Asia.


Singapore Airshow serves as a global marketplace and networking powerhouse for the world’s aviation community and has always been greeted with tremendous support from industry players, solidly maintaining its position as Asia’s largest and top three aerospace and defence events in the world.


It continues to be the only event of its kind that brings together heads of the international aviation community, including key political and military leaders. For 2010, the Airshow again closed on a high note with deals and announcements worth about US$10 billion in spite of a recovering economy.


Singapore Airshow also features a series of high-level conferences dedicated to leading players in the global aviation industry - the Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit and the Asia-Pacific Security Conference.


Sky-high Thrills For The Weekend


In its full glory, the Singapore Airshow is not all business and no play. The final weekend of the 6-day event will be open to public. Young and old, aviation enthusiasts and anyone who enjoys a day of adrenaline-pumping revelry under the sun will make it a must-watch. From masterful aerobatic flying displays to the excitement of fun fairground attractions, food, and collectables, the Singapore Airshow has the makings of a new calendar highlight that will give families and friends a weekend of fun.


Participants for Flying Display

•RSAF, Singapore, F.16C + F-15G

•RAAF, Australia, Roulettes

•Blair Aerosports, Australia, Rebel 300

•RMAF, Malaysia, Smokey Bandits


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The RAAF Roulettes flying over Hobart, Tasmania.

RAAF Elite Formation Flying Team perform for the crowd at the Australian International Airshow 2017. YMAV/AVV Avalon Vic Australia

A23-59, A23-58, A23-67, A23-37, A23-50, A23-06

The Roulettes fly Pilatus PC-9a aircraft.

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Point Cook Control Tower. It is now only used for large airshows in the area such as Avalon.

RAAF Roulettes in their Pilatus PC9!

CAC-21 Mustang undergoing an overhaul.

Pacific National's 5162s Bemax sand train has just departed Bolivar Loop on the outskirts of Adelaide, while the RAAF Roulettes are on final approach the Edinburgh Air Force base

The aerobatic display of the Royal Australian Airforce as they fly over the 2016 Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Albert Park

Units - 25 Squadron - 2 OCU - ARDU - Roulettes

Location - Unknown

Date - Late 1980's


Aircraft in formation -


A7-047 No25 Squadron (2FTS) RAAF Base Pearce, Western Australia.

A7-030 ARDU (Aircraft Research and Development Unit) RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia.

A7-060 No2 Operation Conversion Unit RAAF Base Williamtown, New South Wales, Australia.

A7-092 Roulettes Aerobatic Team (CFS) RAAF Base East Sale, Victoria, Australia.


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The RAAF aerobatic team, Roulettes

Taken at RAAF Amberley's Australian Defence Force Open Day, 4 October, 2008

Chinook helicopter under wraps until it can be displayed.

R1 diving into a cloud :)

RAAF Roulettes


Wings Over Illawarra 2010

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