Pacific Airshow Gold Coast set to soar

RAAF F16 performs at Pacific Airshow Gold Coast.
Photo Credit: Pacific Airshow Gold Coast

The excitement is building as the inaugural Pacific Airshow Gold Coast gears up to captivate audiences from August 18th to 20th, 2023.

Set against the picturesque backdrop of Surfers Paradise beach, this aviation extravaganza is poised to showcase a breathtaking display of high-performance machines and awe-inspiring aerobatics displays.

The mastermind behind this new event, Kevin Elliott, the founder of Pacific Airshow Gold Coast, is thrilled to announce an extraordinary lineup of aircraft that will grace the skies.

Hailing from various corners of the world, these flying marvels will not only demonstrate cutting-edge capabilities but also underscore the camaraderie between the Australian Defence Force and the United States military.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have the support of the Australian Defence Force, showcasing key assets from their arsenal at our event.”

“The Royal Australian Air Force’s commitment and participation are of particular significance given Pacific Airshow is the new kid on the block.”

“Their presence will elevate the excitement felt on the Gold Coast and further reinforce our message of mateship between Australia and the United States,” said Elliott.


Australian Defence Force Highlights

RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornet: These Top Gun twin-seat fighters are not just sleek and powerful but also versatile, capable of air interception, air combat, close air support of ground troops, and intercepting enemy supply lines, including shipping.

Brace yourself for an exhilarating display of power and precision as they grace the skies.

RAAF C-17A Globemaster III: Serving as a logistics backbone for ADF operations, this impressive aircraft facilitates the rapid deployment of troops, supplies, combat vehicles, heavy equipment, and helicopters anywhere across the globe.

Watch in awe as this enormous aircraft showcases its versatility and strength during the airshow.

Air Force Roulettes: Prepare to be dazzled by the highly skilled Air Force Roulettes aerobatic team. Their thrilling formations and precision flying will leave the crowd spellbound, showcasing the pinnacle of skill and teamwork.

RAAF C130J Hercules: The mighty C130J Hercules will make its presence known with a thrilling flypast, demonstrating its remarkable capabilities as a versatile military transport aircraft.

Virtual Flight Experience and Career Opportunities: Pacific Airshow attendees will have a unique chance to virtually experience high-tech aircraft through the Royal Australian Air Force Flight Simulator.

Additionally, they can explore the future of aviation with the Australian Air Force Cadets and discover exciting career paths and opportunities within the Australian Defence Force.

United States Defense Highlights

US Air Force PACAF F-16 Demo Team: The Pacific Air Force’s F-16 Demonstration Team embodies the caliber of Airmen and combat airpower provided by the US Air Force in the Indo-Pacific region.

Through captivating displays, they showcase the capabilities of the F-16 Fighting Falcon to aviation enthusiasts worldwide.

US Air Force KC-135R Stratotanker Demo Team: Making their debut in Australia, the KC-135 Stratotanker provides core aerial refueling capabilities for the United States Air Force, excelling in this role for over six decades. T

his versatile asset enhances global reach and supports various aircraft from Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and allied nations, even serving as an aeromedical evacuation platform.

US Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey Demo: The MV-22B Osprey, a multi-engine tilt-rotor aircraft, is designed for diverse combat, support, and Special Operations missions worldwide. Its unique vertical takeoff and landing capability adds an extra layer of intrigue to its demonstrations.

US Air Force C-17A Globemaster III: Known as the most flexible cargo aircraft in the Air Force inventory, the C-17 Globemaster III excels in rapid strategic troop and cargo delivery. Its ability to perform tactical airlift, airdrop missions, and aeromedical evacuations showcases its indispensable role.

US Air Force C-5M Super Galaxy: The strategic transport capabilities of the C-5M Super Galaxy, the largest aircraft in the Air Force inventory, are truly remarkable. With its capacity for oversized cargo and its versatile landing options, it’s a true asset in global mobility.

US Navy Leap Frogs Parachute Demonstration Team: The Leap Frogs are the official parachute demonstration team of the United States Navy, composed of active-duty Navy SEALs, Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen, and support personnel. Their breathtaking displays showcase the precision and skill of the Navy’s elite.

What Sets Pacific Airshow Apart

What distinguishes Pacific Airshow Gold Coast from traditional airshows is its unique setting, high tempo, and diverse hospitality offerings. The event provides a wide range of attractions for everyone, including those who have never considered attending an airshow before.

Held over water instead of an airport, the remote nature of Pacific Airshow Gold Coast allows attendees to enjoy the action from the comfort of the beach.

Accompanied by great music and commentary, guests can soak in the experience while surrounded by loved ones in a stunning hospitality venue.

The show’s cadence, where one aviator seamlessly transitions into another, transforms the airshow experience. With performers taking the stage in rapid succession, there’s always something new and exciting to witness, making it an experience that truly needs to be felt to be understood.

Strength and Partnership

The recent release of Australia’s Defence Strategic Review has aligned perfectly with Pacific Airshow’s vision.

It provides a remarkable opportunity to showcase the Australian Defence Force’s contemporary and historical capabilities to a diverse audience while inspiring the next generation of aviators.

Elliott emphasized, “We are bringing this event to Australia at the ideal time to support the ADF’s current recruiting efforts. Furthermore, a successful inaugural Pacific Airshow will only strengthen the attraction to like-minded partner forces from the region and around the world.”

“Our team has committed to making Pacific Airshow the largest annual event on the Gold Coast, providing a highly visible platform for demonstrating the strength of alliances, partnerships, and hosting foreign dignitaries.”

A Must-Witness Event

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate couldn’t be more excited about Pacific Airshow Gold Coast. Drawing inspiration from the movie “Top Gun,” he declared, “I feel the need, the need for speed!”

This upcoming spectacle promises not just speed, but stunning aerobatics, formation flying, and a display of incredible skill and precision that visitors and locals alike won’t want to miss.

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