2016 Canberra Airport Open Day

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In early April I went with David and Kat to the airport open day.  The trick to avoid the worst of the queues is to pick one plane that you want to see, and go see that as soon as it opens.  This year we decided on the Qantas 737 done up in retro livery.  Then we did the tarmac tour, and then just wandered around all the planes before having to race home to meet Graham and Pam who had come to stay.

I might have taken nearly eight hundred photos.  Oops.

Waiting to get into the cockpit of the 737
Waiting to get into the cockpit of the 737

737 cockpit
737 cockpit

737 cockpit
737 cockpit

737 throttle controls
737 throttle controls

Qantas 737 VH-VXQ
Qantas 737 VH-VXQ

David on the 737
David on the 737

Aircraft on the taxi way (Virgin Australia 737 VH-YIO and Qantas 737 VH-XZO)
Aircraft on the taxi way (Virgin Australia 737 VH-YIO and Qantas 737 VH-XZO)

Aircraft on the taxi way (Virgin Australia 737 VH-YIO)
Aircraft on the taxi way (Virgin Australia 737 VH-YIO)

Aircraft on the taxi way (Virgin Australia 737 VH-YIO)
Aircraft on the taxi way (Virgin Australia 737 VH-YIO)

Aircraft on the taxi way (Virgin Australia ATR-72 VH-FVP)
Aircraft on the taxi way (Virgin Australia ATR-72 VH-FVP)

Aircraft on the taxi way (Virgin Australia ATR-72 VH-FVP)
Aircraft on the taxi way (Virgin Australia ATR-72 VH-FVP)

Qantas kangaroo
Qantas kangaroo

Little blue stunt plane
Little blue stunt plane

Qantas jet in a hangar (717-2BL VH-YQW)
Qantas jet in a hangar (717-2BL VH-YQW)

Crossing runway 35
Crossing runway 35

Firestation at Fairbairn
Firestation at Fairbairn

Wind sock
Wind sock

Canberra's weather station
Canberra's weather station

RAAF rescue helicopter (VH-VAB)
RAAF rescue helicopter (VH-VAB)

Air Force 1? :)  (A36-001)
Air Force 1? :) (A36-001)

Air Force 2? :)  (A36-002)
Air Force 2? :) (A36-002)

Prime Minister's jet
Prime Minister's jet

Canberra air traffic control tower
Canberra air traffic control tower

Canberra air traffic control tower
Canberra air traffic control tower

Eurocopter EC120B VH-VCC
Eurocopter EC120B VH-VCC

Kangaroo sculptures
Kangaroo sculptures

Aérospatiale AS 350B2 VH-LVM
Aérospatiale AS 350B2 VH-LVM

Cessna 550 Citation II (VH-FYP)
Cessna 550 Citation II (VH-FYP)

Agusta A109E (VH-RUA)
Agusta A109E (VH-RUA)

The red baron?
The red baron?

Retro Roo II Qantas 737 VH-VXQ
Retro Roo II Qantas 737 VH-VXQ

Qantas 737 VH-VXQ
Qantas 737 VH-VXQ

Virgin 737 VH-VUR
Virgin 737 VH-VUR

RAAF Roulettes
RAAF Roulettes

RAAF Roulettes
RAAF Roulettes

RAAF Roulettes
RAAF Roulettes

RAAF Roulettes
RAAF Roulettes

RAAF Roulettes
RAAF Roulettes

RAAF Roulettes
RAAF Roulettes

RAAF Roulettes
RAAF Roulettes

RAAF Roulettes
RAAF Roulettes

RAAF Roulettes
RAAF Roulettes

American Chamption VH-DAY
American Chamption VH-DAY

Yak 52 (VH-YVK)
Yak 52 (VH-YVK)

1989 Nanchang CJ-6A (VH-NND)
1989 Nanchang CJ-6A (VH-NND)

1989 Nanchang CJ-6A (VH-NND)
1989 Nanchang CJ-6A (VH-NND)

Connie (VH-EAG)
Connie (VH-EAG)

Connie's engines
Connie's engines

Connie leaks a lot of oil so they catch it in drink bottles
Connie leaks a lot of oil so they catch it in drink bottles

Or it just seeps down the sides
Or it just seeps down the sides

Or they use big blue tubs to catch it all
Or they use big blue tubs to catch it all

Connie (VH-EAG)
Connie (VH-EAG)

Connie's nose gear
Connie's nose gear

I wouldn't stand there if I were you
I wouldn't stand there if I were you

Catalina (VH-PBZ)
Catalina (VH-PBZ)

Old air force C47 Dakota (VH-EAF)
Old air force C47 Dakota (VH-EAF)

Old air force Caribou engine (VH-VBA)
Old air force Caribou engine (VH-VBA)

Alenia C27J Spartan (A34-001)
Alenia C27J Spartan (A34-001)

Red baron (1979 Pitts S-2A Special VH-FFF)
Red baron (1979 Pitts S-2A Special VH-FFF)

A roulette plane (A23-012)
A roulette plane (A23-012)

Me and David next to the Catalina
Me and David next to the Catalina

Butterfly on stilts
Butterfly on stilts

David taking photos over the fence
David taking photos over the fence

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