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Cadets seek thrills at international airshow

By Mark Beale

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 displayed 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 re-enactment 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.

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