I mentioned the fireworks in Sydney at the beginning of October, and that there were other events at the same time. Those included the International Fleet Review Air Display that saw various aircraft from Australia and other countries flying over Sydney in general, and the harbour in particular.
There had been a series of naval helicopters flying over the city during the few days coming up to the Fleet Review, partly to advertise it, and no doubt, for some more practice in flying around the city. I was on the ferry from Neutral Bay to Circular Quay a few days before, and saw what appeared to be a trial run, which was very impressive given that it was a normal working day and unannounced.
There were, of course, plenty of news helicopters also flying around.
After a gun salute, the sound of aircraft could be heard, and soon, there were a series of aircraft passing overhead.
As we watched Prince Harry take the salute from the various ships sailing by, the air display continued.
The Australian aircraft were soon joined by various aircraft from other countries of the world.
A series of helicopters then took to the air and made a procession across the sky.
The display continued through the day. It was quite incredible to see the constant review of aircraft all through the Saturday afternoon, with the helicopters making way for historic aircraft, fast jets, and all sorts of other aircraft.
It was odd to see the air display not just over the city itself, but over the many beaches that are in the Sydney area.
It was a quite incredible show throughout the day. I suspect that it may well be the longest air show that I’ve seen.