Australian Defence Force returns to the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix

The Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) is proud to again partner with the Australian Defence Force for the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2019 which will be held from 14-17 March at Melbourne’s Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit.  

The four-day international motorsport spectacle provides a wonderful opportunity for the public to experience the Australian Defence Force, both in the air and on the ground as they enjoy the year’s ultimate racing and entertainment extravaganza.

The Air Force will delight fans at the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2019 with a number of high-speed aerial displays showcasing the technical capabilities and precision flying of the F/A-18A Classic Hornet on both Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 March, while on the main race day, a C-17A Globemaster will also make its presence known with an impressive low altitude flypast. Navy will also showcase the abilities of the MH-60R helicopter, with a dynamic aerial display.

AGPC General Manager – Motorsport, Entertainment and Industry, Craig Fletcher, said: 

“AGPC is most appreciative of the support of the Defence Force and it is great to have the continuation of such a strong relationship. We look forward to delivering a thrilling show for fans.”

C-17 pilot Flight Lieutenant Caitlin Rytenskild from 36 Squadron, based at Amberley in south-east Queensland, is enthusiastic about her role.

“It’s great to participate in the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix – it is an amazing experience for the crowds and it gives us an opportunity to showcase our aircraft,” she said.

F/A-18 pilot Flight Lieutenant Michael Keightley from RAAF Base Williamtown said he was looking forward to flying on the day. 

“Our aircraft are highly capable and performing these displays demonstrates their exceptional manoeuvrability while also giving us valuable training,” he said.

The Australian Defence Force exhibit, located in the Innovation and Technology Hub,will feature a host of additional displays and experiences across the four days: 

  • Air Force Drone Racing Team – will conduct races using mini-drones
  • Army’s ‘Armygeddon’, a supercharged 7.0-litre monster
  • The Air Force Simulator Experience, allowing visitors to gain insights into what fighter pilots experience in the air.
  • The 2019 STEM experience – inspiring children to embrace momentum – and the opportunity to build their own rockets!
  • Performances by the Australian Army Band

For all aerial display times and the full Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2019 schedule, please click here.

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