Saturday, October 23, 2021

Four Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing CH-47F 'Foxtrot' Chinook Helicopters Depart from Rockhampton Airport at the end of Exercise Wallaby 2021

On Saturday 23 October, the four Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing CH-47F 'Foxtrot' Chinook helicopters departed Rockhampton Airport for good as the Singapore Armed Forces' Exercise Wallaby 2021 (XWB21) draws to a close.

They departed as one spectacular flight of four helicopters from Rockhampton Airport back direct to their base at Oakey.

As mentioned, the Chinook helicopters are flown by the RSAF's 127 Helicopter Squadron which is based at the Sembawang Air Base (SBAB) in Singapore, however as mentioned, with a detachment at Oakey.

The squadron goes by the motto of "Strength, Courage, Swiftness", the motto is supported by the squadron motif, a white horse in full battle armour.

The recently delivered new CH-47F 'Foxtrot' Chinook helicopters made their first visit to Rocky for Exercise Wallaby and were identified wearing the serial numbers 88161, 88162, 88163 and 88165, which are four of five which were delivered to the Oakey Army Aviation Centre earlier this year.  These helicopters will progressively replace the RSAF’s older Chinooks - including CH-47D and CH-47SD models - some of which have been in operation since 1994.

The initial CH-47Fs are being deployed to the RSAF Helicopter Detachment in Oakey.  According to media reports, ten of the RSAF’s 16 new CH-47Fs will be deployed in Oakey.  It will enable the RSAF to make use of the large airspace and terrain in the region to undergo training under realistic conditions.

The CH-47F features a fully integrated, digital cockpit management system. It is also equipped with advanced capabilities that enable efficient cargo handling.

The CH-47Fs are part of a broader update to RSAF rotorcraft capabilities. In late March it took delivery of the first of Airbus Helicopters H225M to replace the AS332 Super Puma.  Both the H225M and CH-47F were ordered in 2016.

Meanwhile, as shown, over the latter part of the week, the four RSAF Boeing AH-64D Apache helicopters have had their blades and other components removed in preparation for uplift back to Singapore sometime soon on board the Antonov Airlines (Antonov Design Bureau) AN-124. 

Sincere thanks to the local plane spotters for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

Photos taken by Steve Vit, John Lee and Trevor Hardsman  ©

Friday, October 22, 2021

Three Australian Army Boeing CH-47F 'Foxtrot' Chinook Helicopters Arrive into Rockhampton Late Thursday - Complete School Visit and Trip to Bundaberg Airport on Friday

During the evening on Thursday 21 October, three Australian Army Boeing CH-47F 'Foxtrot' Chinook helicopters were spotted arriving into the Australian Army Defence Support Group (DSG) 'Camp Rocky' which is adjacent to Rockhampton Airport.  They looked to fly down from Townsville, via a fuel stop at Mackay Airport.

The three Chinooks were identified as A15-302, A15-309 and A15-310, and arrived in a pair as "Chainsaw" and a single as "Braham 351".

Then, on Friday 22 October, Chinook A15-309 as "Brahman 369" flew from the DSG to the North Rockhampton High School where it completed a community engagement activity. 

While Chinook A15-310 as "Stockman 362" departed the DSG and flew straight down to Bundaberg Airport, via some airwork along the nearby coastline.

During the middle part of the afternoon, A15-309 "Brahman 369" returned to the DSG from the School to pick up a couple of passengers before it too then departed to Bundaberg Airport, yet again as "Brahman 369".

Both Chinooks then made a spectacular late afternoon departure from Bundaberg Airport where they both returned to the DSG for the night.

The third Chinook, A15-302, wasn't noted flying on Friday.

No doubt there will be further movements over the weekend!

Sincere thanks to the local plane spotters for taking the time to capture and send through all these great photos!

Photos taken by Steve Vit, Scott Harris, Dan B and Hayden Matthew Alexander  ©