Each year the streets east of Adelaide inner city which surrounding the park lands are blocked off to form a temporary street circuit for the V8 Supercars series, this event is known as the Clipsal 500. A 500km endurance event, split over two days, often forming the first race of the season. The circuit is a modified version of the Formula 1 circuit from many years ago.

The Clipsal 500 has a large assortment of on- & off-track entertainment accompanying the race, of particular interest to me are the air displays performed by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). This year ‘The Roulettes’ returned performing their aerobatical and formation flying, which I unfortunately missed, however I will catch up with them at the upcoming Internode Parafield Airshow later this month!

McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet (F/A-18B)

A McDonnell Douglas F/A-18B Hornet (B model being a two seater variant) was also performing low altitude, high-speed passes over the circuit on both race days as part of the entertainment. Flying out of RAAF Edinburgh, this year the Hornet was A21-112 from 75 Squadron, based out of RAAF Tindal in the Northern Territory.

These photographs were taken from outside RAAF Edinburgh, capturing the Hornet returning from its display over Adelaide city. Weather was better than last year, but still fairly overcast.

Using the Canon EF 400mm f5.6L lens afforded some nice close up shots, the co-pilot can be seen looking in my direction in this shot.

McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet (F/A-18B)

Although the 400mm prime is an extremely sharp, fast focusing lens, it isn’t the best choice for aviation photography due to its inflexibility. I’ll be hiring a Canon 100-400 f5.6L for the Parafield Airshow to provide better flexibility and maximise opportunities.

Touch down, taken through the fence.

McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet (F/A-18B)

I look forward to capturing the Clipsal 500, hopefully from a new vantage point in 2013.