RAAF Roulettes aerobatics display in skies over Alice Springs


RAAF Roulettes aerobatics display in skies over Alice Springs, by NICK KOSSATCH -
15th April 2015

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The RAAF Roulettes display over Alice Springs. Picture: Barry Skipsey

THE bright blue skies over Alice Springs were the scene of a spectacular RAAF Roulettes aerobatics display yesterday afternoon as a part of a two-week tour of South Australia, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

The formation of six Pilatus PC9/A aircraft reached speeds of 400km/h as they trekked through the Gap before heading above Anzac Hill where they climbed to 3000ft.
Flight Lieutenant Andreas Jacobs was one of the six pilots who showcased their aerial skills over Alice Springs.

“I love flying and always, since a very young age, have wanted to fly aeroplanes,” Mr Jacobs said.

“I actually did my pilot’s licence 30 years ago and I’m one of the older guys in the team.

“This was my second run through and I did a short stint about two years ago.”

He said nerves had played a part before a show because of the precise planning work that goes into it, but with experience they soon disappeared.

“To be quite honest you are too busy to be nervous.”

“It’s great fun, what can I say, it’s a huge amount of fun and really enjoyable,” Mr Jacobs said.

“They’re closely choreographed and risk managed.”

The Sale-based RAAF Roulettes team head for Western Australia today.

(NT News - Centralian Advovate)

A formation of six Pilatus PC9/A aircraft over Alice Springs. Picture: Barry Skipsey