2011 saw the first year Brisbane Festival Riverfire did not have use of the RAAF’s General Dynamics F111 Aardvarks to spice up the festivities. The Boeing F/18F Super Hornets made their first appearance, backed up by Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks. No fuel dump and burn this time round, but the afternoon aerial displays were warmly welcomed by crowds of onlookers and picnickers waiting for the evening fireworks.
While I miss the radiating heat of the F111’s dump and burn and watching the night cityscape suddenly illuminated as if by a giant standing lamp while the jets soar up into the darkness, 2011 did not disappoint. The F18 playfully and impressively used all of the sky to show off its technology while the Black Hawks effectively made it feel like it was a special day to be out.
Again on this occasion I was lucky enough to enjoy the spectacle from my favourite New Farm rooftop vantage point courtesy of good friends John and Jan Coyle (thank you!). Would have like to have had a tele longer than 200mm for the aviation pageantry, but the 5DII allowed for an enthused crop leaving enough resolution for a few nice additions to the album, and my EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS once again showed why it’s earned a permanent place in my kit.
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