As a fellow Aussie. I am so proud of your Olympic section on your site.
I am from Sydney myself. I got home early that night from the F-111 flight because I had to fly out overseas the next day.
When I step out of my house, I heard noise as if a jet was flying... but couldn't see where it was and it sounded very loud. I looked up and I just saw a flame light up. The afterburner, and then a small burn, and then it switched off again. I live in the Canterbury region so I am very close to the stadium.
Then I ran back into the house and checked out the ceremony on the TV. After the F-111 went over the harbour bridge, I saw it came straight towards my suburb... it was amazing! A flaming fire ball coming straight towards my direction. It wasn't like a trail because the flame was behind the jet which was flying toward me... it looked like a fireball came out of the sky!
I grabbed my camera as quickly as I could... but as soon as I went to snap a photo they switched off the burner... "Bugger!"
Hope you had a ball during the Olympics. Travelling overseas telling people about the Olympics was probably one of my proudest times during overseas in Asia and Europe.
Albert aka Recker
389th Thunderbolt VFS