Roulettes

This awesome photo taken by a member of RAAF Roulettes aerobatic display team shows the Phillip Island MotoGP circuit as you’ve never seen it before

By Dario Leone
Oct 26 2016
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Royal Australian Air Force Roulettes aerobatic display team performed their display at the Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2016

Taken on Oct. 21, 2016 the unique picture in this post shows the Phillip Island MotoGP circuit as seen from inside the cockpit of Rooulette 4, one of the six Pilatus PC-9/As belonging to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aerobatic display team.

RAAF Roulettes in fact performed their display at the Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2016, which took place from Oct. 21 to Oct. 23.

Noteworthy the Roulettes carry out breathtaking displays, using only hand-eye coordination to fly at speeds of up to 590 kilometres per hour and they can pull up to 4.5G (or 4.5 times the normal force of gravity) during their flying programme.

Roulettes members are qualified instructors that when they’re not flying with the team they teach qualified RAAF pilots to become flying instructors at RAAF Base East Sale in Victoria.

The PC-9/A, which is used for pilot training, will be replaced by the PC-21, the newest of the Pilatus trainers, of which australia ordered 49 examples.

Photo credit: Royal Australian Air Force


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Dario Leone

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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