The Show Down Under: Australian International Airshow Opens Next Week

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We won't make it, but any readers living down under may want to check out the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition, which will be held at Avalon Airport, Victoria, beginning March 20 and running through March 25, 2007. Attendance Tuesday through 2:00 p.m. Friday the 23rd is for "industry professionals" only; gates open to the public next Friday afternoon and through the weekend to the show's closing on Sunday. A mix of military, civilian and warbird aircraft will be on display and performing. Among the special events planned is commemoration of the sound barrier's breaking 60 years ago, an aviation careers expo and a nighttime air show, sponsored by Boeing.

It's nearing summer's end in Australia -- here in the U.S., our air show season is just starting -- so it's likely this event will be a "last gasp" for aviation aficionados. In 2005, the German-English Web site CheckSix.com named the event the "world’s best air show" -- we suspect they've never been to EAA AirVenture -- for the second time. The Australian International Airshow is an every-other-year event.