Of course with Military Exercise Talisman Saber 2013 being a joint exercise, it is to be expected that some interesting Australian military aircraft will participate, and late on Wednesday 10 July, one of the Royal Australian Air Force's big KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft called into Rockhampton Airport.
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-203 / KC-30A (MRTT) - serial A39-005 - touched down from the South as "Dragon 16".
After sitting on Taxiway Juliette at the Airport for a short while, A39-005 departed Rockhampton to the North.
Shortly before going home on Wednesday 10 July, Ben also spotted the (becoming) frequently visiting United States Navy (USN) Boeing C-40A Clipper (B737-7AFC) 165834, which arrived from the North as "Convoy 7004". Although as Ben's spectacular photos show, it certainly wasn't a smooth approach for the 'Clipper'!
Ben is a busy man, who loves his military aircraft (in particular), so I am glad that he has been able to capture some fantastic images of the action at Rockhampton Airport this week. And, I am even more glad that he continues to share his images with us at the CQ Plane Spotting Blog so that we can share them with you!
All photos taken by Ben O'Dowd ©