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Hornets over Melbourne

Old 26th Jan 2008, 04:13
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Hornets over Melbourne

Just got back from the city and I recon I saw one of the coolest flypasts of Hornets. I was up on the Eureka Sky Deck and 4 Hornets first come from the North down ST Kilda Rd at 500 ft agl, then out over the bay and back again. That was ok but after getting back down on ground level about 40 minutes later, while walking along the Yarra at South Bank, the 4 F-18s came back in line, F****G low, maybe 4-500 ft following the Yarra River to its every curve. The 4th one really didn`t look to miss Crown Casino tower by a long way. They were awesom. Great to see an unpredictable display. Thanks guys if you read this.
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Old 26th Jan 2008, 04:31
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yeah they came in low over Geelong around midday as well. Must've been on their way to you!
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Old 26th Jan 2008, 04:42
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They were back over Melbourne about 12.15pm. When they left Melbourne the first time they headed South along the East side of the bay low level and then may have gone coastal along towards Torquay before coming over Geelong.
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Old 26th Jan 2008, 05:00
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Well in actual fact they arrived from the North of Melbourne and proceeded to conduct fly-bys as low as 200ft AGL including south Melbourne at 11:35am for several minutes. They then departed via Brighton, Moorabbin zone then south VFR coastal at no more than 1,000ft for a clockwise orbit of the bay and over Geelong then back to Melbourne. Heard it all on Radar - callsign COBRA.
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Old 26th Jan 2008, 06:04
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Was this for the tennis, and was it a practice run for the mens final tomorrow?
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Old 26th Jan 2008, 06:11
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They were doing flypasts of Australia Day celebrations in Melbourne.

I saw the Royal Vic Formation team out this morning also, so I guess they may also have been doing flypasts too.

Does a formation of four F18's compare to a formation of Warriors?
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Old 26th Jan 2008, 07:54
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Ah yes, I forgot about public holidays

Only if the Warrior's are being flown inverted.
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Old 28th Jan 2008, 07:37
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Yeah man that Royal Vic warrior fly-by formation really goes off!! giddee up.
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Old 29th Jan 2008, 07:07
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Apologies if my earlier posting seemed a bit cynical, because I actually "dips me lid" to the RVAC formation teams.

They do it all at there own cost, practice regularly, and put on great tight displays over a range of functions.

The drone of four to six warrior engines flying over an aviator's funeral has brought a tear to many an eye. It certainly has to mine.

Keep up the good work folks.
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Old 29th Jan 2008, 08:54
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The 4 ship of Hornets was one of the many taskings for Australia Day - Melb, Syd, Adel and the central coast. The Melb flypast you mention specifically was tasked for the parade on Swanston St (1135) and the Shrine (1138). No doubt some nice work on behalf of the boys involved to have auth'ed a trip around the Bay and back up the Yarra!
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Old 30th Jan 2008, 00:17
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More info -

Cobra = 3 SQN from Williamtown

Eureka Tower = 957', Cobra = 500'AGL within 1000' of the Tower

Did anyone take note of their formation flying? Any good? Loud?
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Old 30th Jan 2008, 05:28
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Excellent formation of 4. Very load when they burned up the Yarra. Quite sure they had the burners kicked in. on that pass.
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