RAAF Roulettes aerobatic team
At the end of October the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix was help at Phillip Island attracting an even bigger crowd than usual because Casey Stoner, Australian motorcycling legend, announced his plans to retire from MotoGP racing following this series. Casey won his sixth consecutive Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix to the delight of the fans. I didn’t get to see the race live because I was volunteering with the Rotary Club of Phillip Island and San Remo in the secure motorbike parking area, but I did enjoy the atmosphere and all the great bikers that come through our gates over the three days of racing. Some of the bikes were amazing. But for me the highlight of the weekend was the spectacular display put on by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Roulettes aerobatic team.
As the RAAF’s elite formation aerobatic display team, the Roulettes perform breathtaking displays, using only hand-eye coordination to fly at speeds of up to 590 kilometres per hour. During a display, the six Roulettes flying RC-9/A aircraft experience up to 4.5 times the normal force of gravity. When the Roulettes are not showing off their skills, they teach already qualified RAAF pilots to become flying instructors at the RAAF Base in Sale, Victoria.
The RAAF Roulettes fly above the secure motorcycle parking compound at the Australian Grand Prix, Phillip Island