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A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress assigned to the 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, flies by a crowd at the 2019 Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition (AVALON 2019) in Geelong, Victoria, Australia, March 1, 2019.

A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress assigned to the 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, flies by a crowd at the 2019 Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition (AVALON 2019) in Geelong, Victoria, Australia, March 1, 2019. The B-52 is a long-range, heavy bomber that can perform a variety of missions and is capable of flying at high subsonic speeds at altitudes up to 50,000 feet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sergio A. Gamboa)

Visitors tour the inside of a C-17 Globemaster III at the 2019 Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition (AVALON 19) in Geelong, Victoria, Australia, March 1, 2019.

Visitors tour the inside of a C-17 Globemaster III at the 2019 Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition (AVALON 19) in Geelong, Victoria, Australia, March 1, 2019. AVALON 19 is the largest, most comprehensive event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, attracting aviation and aerospace professions, key defense personnel, aviation enthusiasts and the general public alike. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sergio A. Gamboa)

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor assigned to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, flies over Avalon International Airport during the 2019 Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition (AVALON 2019) at Geelong, Victoria, Australia, March 1, 2019.

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor assigned to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, flies over Avalon International Airport during the 2019 Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition (AVALON 2019) at Geelong, Victoria, Australia, March 1, 2019. The F-22 is designed to project air dominance rapidly and at great distances to defeat threats attempting to deny adversaries' access to our nation's Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sergio A. Gamboa)

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor assigned to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, taxis down the flightline during the 2019 Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition (AVALON 2019) at Geelong, Victoria, Australia, March 1, 2019.

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor assigned to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, taxis down the flightline during the 2019 Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition (AVALON 2019) at Geelong, Victoria, Australia, March 1, 2019. The F-22 is designed to project air dominance rapidly and at great distances to defeat threats attempting to deny adversaries' access to our nation's Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sergio A. Gamboa)

A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to March Air Force Base, California, is showcased as a static display for the 2019 Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition (AVALON 19) at Geelong, Victoria, Australia, Feb. 27, 2019.

A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to March Air Force Base, California, is showcased as a static display for the 2019 Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition (AVALON 19) at Geelong, Victoria, Australia, Feb. 27, 2019. The Stratotanker provides the core aerial refueling capability for the U.S. Air Force and has excelled in this role for more than 60 years. This unique asset enhances the Air Force's capability to accomplish its primary mission of global reach. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sergio A. Gamboa)

A U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper assigned to Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, is showcased as a static display for the 2019 Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition (AVALON 19) at Geelong, Victoria, Australia, Feb. 27, 2019.

A U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper assigned to Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, is showcased as a static display for the 2019 Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition (AVALON 19) at Geelong, Victoria, Australia, Feb. 27, 2019. The Reaper is an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft that is employed primarily against dynamic execution targets and secondarily as an intelligence collection asset. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sergio A. Gamboa)

The Russian Roolettes, an aerial demonstration team, flies the skies at the 2019 Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition (AVALON 19) in Geelong, Victoria, Australia, March 1, 2019.

The Russian Roolettes, an aerial demonstration team, flies the skies at the 2019 Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition (AVALON 19) in Geelong, Victoria, Australia, March 1, 2019. The Roolettes fly two aircraft, the Nanchang CJ6A and Yak 52. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sergio A. Gamboa)

GEELONG, Australia --

The Southern Hemisphere’s biggest event, the 2019 Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition (AVALON 19), concluded at Geelong, Victoria, Australia, March 3, 2019.

Approximately 130 U.S. military personnel and aircraft participated in AVALON 19 to strengthen military-to-military ties with Australian allies while enhancing relationships with partners in the Indo-Pacific region.

“Building relationships is critical, and coming to these airshows helps us form partnerships, meet counterparts, get more familiar with each other’s aircraft and increases our interoperability,” said Col. Matthew Nicholson, AVALON 19 U.S. Air Force mission commander. “The world and the Pacific are a big place. If we end up in a major crisis it’s unlikely we will be able to do it ourselves. Having an ally like Australia be a part of the coalition makes it a lot easier.”

The show featured leading companies and organizations, aerial acts and aircraft static displays from all over the world including F-22 Raptors assigned to the 3rd Wing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; a C-17 Globemaster III assigned to the 15th Wing from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; a B-52 Stratofortress and RQ-4 Global Hawk assigned to the 36th Wing from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam; an MQ-9 Reaper assigned to the 432nd Wing at Creech Air Force Base, Nev.; KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 336th Wing at March Air Reserve Base, Calif.; and the P-8A Poseidon accompanied by Sailors from Patrol Squadron 47, deployed to Okinawa, Japan.

“This has definitely been the best year of the show I've experienced so far,” said Carrie Gunn, a volunteer at Avalon 2019.

An estimated 200,000 visitors attended the week-long event and had the opportunity to watch the various acts, aircraft displays and interact with military members from around the world.

“Everything we have received from all our Airmen has been great,” said Nicholson “All the feedback I’ve gotten from visitors, foreign military members and the people running the airshow has been nothing short of awesome.

“I want to personally thank all the Airmen for working hard from gate opening to closing,” he added. “Everybody looked sharp and did an absolute great job.”

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