There are two surefire ways to gather a crowd and get them looking at the sky: one’s an air show and the other is fireworks. Unless you’re the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), that is–they’ve combined both into one hell of a light show.
On January 26th, as the nation gathered to celebrate Australia Day, the RAAF sent a massive C-130J Super Hercules over Sydney Harbor in a flyby that expertly coordinated with the playing of “In the Hall of the Mountain King” at the Sydney Opera House. As the song reached its dramatic culmination, the C-130J punctuated its well-timed flyover by launching a massive display of flares.
Here’s the same flyover from another angle: