Air Force showcased its capability and supported the regional community at the Tumut Valley Air Show on November 2.

Historical trainers such as the Chinese Nanchang and the CAC Wirraway shared the skies with Air Force’s latest platform, the C-27J Battlefield Air Lifter and the S-70 Black Hawk helicopter.

No. 2 Operational Conversion Unit’s F/A-18A/B Hornet was a star performer at the event, with Executive Officer Squadron Leader Phil Eldridge performing his final handling display with the unit, demonstrating the attributes of the remarkable aircraft.

In contrast, the Air Force Training Group balloon provided the perfect contrast with the fixed wing and rotary aircraft, illustrating the extraordinary changes that have taken place in flight over the centuries and providing a connection for visitors to Air Force personnel on the ground.

Tumut local and Air Force balloon crewman, Corporal Chris Bradley, said it was a “real privilege” to showcase the balloon at this year’s show.

“We travel Australia engaging with locals and sharing stories about Air Force and the role we play in protecting Australia,” Corporal Bradley said.

“It was tremendous to be able to support a balloon flight over Tumut on the morning of the show and to feature the balloon at this year’s Tumut Valley Air Show.”