Saturday, July 16, 2011
Military Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011 - Saturday at Rockhampton Airport - Charters Galore!
Under gloomy skies, there were a couple interesting charter arrivals at Rockhampton Airport on Saturday 16 July.
Around lunchtime, Boeing B737-3YO VH-INU, which is operated by Our Airline of Nauru (Nauru Air Corporation) arrived and departed. The B737 was on charter and operated as RON901/900, using the callsign "Air Nauru".
The aircraft features the lovely blue colour scheme of Our Airline, and also features the titles of Air Kiribati.
Information suggests this particular aircraft also visited Rockhampton earlier in the week late on Wednesday 13 July.
Meanwhile just after the sun had set, Qantas Boeing B767-338(ER) VH-OGN arrived from and later departed to the South as QFA1358/6159.
Unfortunately, due to a broken down Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100 VH-XWM (pictured below) blocking the 'usual' heavy jet Gate 6, the B767 was forced to park on Taxiway Julliete at Rockhampton due to other taxiway restrictions.
Of the military aircraft movements on Saturday 16 July, there was a spectacular departure of a flight of five Australian Army Commonwealth CA-32 (Bell 206B/OH-58A) Kiowa helicopters to Shoalwater Bay as "Redback Black". The five Kiowas are pictured below departing in front a good crowd of interested spectators along Canoona Road.
Lastly, just before dusk, two different arrivals pictured below in the form of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King Air A32-671 (38 Squadron) arriving as "Dingo 29", and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Westland Sea King Mk.50A N16-239 arriving as "Shark 21".
As the photos show, it was certainly a busy airport with these military arrivals coinciding with the usual commercial movements.