Fans at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix (MotoGP) turned their eyes to the sky as the Roulettes performed their first full-formation display in the new PC-21 aircraft.
Lead Roulette Squadron Leader Jay Tuffley said the hard work paid off for his team, with the six-ship, 15-minute display the highlight if the pre-race entertainment.
“We’ve been working for months to produce a great show in the new aircraft. I’m proud of my team’s achievement,” Squadron Leader Tuffley said.
While the pilots worked their brilliance up in the air, Roulette Seven Flight Lieutenant Daniel Armstrong provided commentary for the crowds, as well as for international audiences online.
“I love that the Roulettes have been coming to the MotoGP for 20 years. We were so happy to be able to arrive with a new aircraft,” Flight Lieutenant Armstrong said.
“The PC-21 aircraft and its supporting training systems will modernise Air Force aviation training and strengthen Australian Defence Force pilot training capability for many years to come.”
The Roulettes converted to the PC-21 from the PC-9/A aircraft earlier this year, and have just commenced their first public flying season in the new aircraft.
The advanced turbo-prop aircraft is capable of a top speed of 680kmh, and can generate G-forces of up to 8G. Air Force has taken delivery of 49 aircraft, to be used for initial pilot training.
“The PC-21 aircraft and its supporting training systems will modernise Air Force aviation training and strengthen Australian Defence Force pilot training capability for many years to come,” Squadron Leader Tuffley said.
Army and Navy also conducted static displays at the MotoGP, reinforcing regional Victoria’s strong Australian Defence Force connection as home to the birthplace of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Navy’s largest base and significant Army bases.
Army’s contribution was the Team Army specially modified, high-performance vehicles, affectionately known as ArmyGeddon and Project Digger.
Navy’s contribution was a static display of its 7.2m rigid hull inflatable boat, which was a hit with audiences of all ages.
The Roulettes are the RAAF's aerobatic display team. See full details at: airforce.gov.au/displays/roulettes