RAAF Base Edinburgh will hold its first major air show in 12 years to highlight our transformation into a fifth-generation air force.

To be held on November 9-10, the Edinburgh Air Show’s theme ‘Vimy to Fifth Generation in 100 Years’ will feature historic aircraft alongside the P-8A Poseidon and other examples of Defence’s latest technology.

Head of Air Shows, Air Commodore Christopher Sawade, said the air show would commemorate the centenary of the epic November 1919 flight of notable South Australians Sir Ross Smith and his brother, Sir Keith Smith.

The brothers flew from England to Australia in a Vickers Vimy to win the Great Air Race.

“The RAAF Museum and the Sir Ross & Sir Keith Smith Fund will showcase significant memorabilia associated with this epic flight,” Air Commodore Sawade said.

“Historic aircraft will also be involved in flying displays and static ground displays.”

“Flying displays are planned on both days and will feature fifth-generation technology."

Air Commodore Sawade said the base was excited to re-open its gates to the public for its first air show since 2007.

“This event is a great opportunity for visitors to see the P-8A Poseidon in its new Adelaide home and learn about the innovative projects coming out of the Air Warfare Centre,” he said.

Community members will also experience the latest Defence aircraft and assets firsthand.

“Flying displays are planned on both days and will feature fifth-generation technology including aircraft from Air Combat Group, Air Mobility Group and Surveillance and Response Group,” Air Commodore Sawade said.

“Other highlights of the air show will include performances by the Air Force Roulettes in their new Pilatus PC-21 aircraft.

“RAAF Base Edinburgh is the centre of the nation’s military intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and electronic warfare capabilities, and is also home to Army’s 1st Armoured Regiment and the 7th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment – so visitors can expect a wide range of interactive Defence displays.”

The air show will also feature performances from the Air Force Band, local industry displays and children’s activities.