Thursday, July 3, 2014

A Few More Plane Spotting Photos from Rockhampton Airport on Wednesday - RAAF C-17 A41-209 & Virgin E-190 VH-ZPR With a Red Nose!

Local plane spotter Phil M was also on hand to capture some more stunning images of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-209, as it conducted a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport on Wednesday 2 July.

As mentioned below, the C-17 flew to the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) before being noted conducting a missed approach at Maryborough Airport later in the day.  It was heard to use the radio callsign "Stallion 23".

Also on Wednesday 2 July, Phil captured the first images I've seen of Virgin Australia Embraer E-190 VH-ZPR which now wears a red nose cone with its white livery.

VH-ZPR was operating the VOZ1245/1248 service from and back to Brisbane.  Research reveals that it also called into Proserpine / Whitsunday Coast and Mackay Airports earlier in the day.

One other notable visitor to Rockhampton on Wednesday 2 July was Gladstone Helicopters / Helireef Eurocopter EC135 P2 helicopter VH-ZGZ.

Finally, late on Monday 30 June, Phil captured a couple of lovely atmospheric night photos of Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (VARA) ATR 72-500 VH-FVX as it was locked up for the night at Rockhampton Airport after arriving from Brisbane.  It departed the next morning on a scheduled service back to Brisbane.

It's also worth mentioning that also on Tuesday 1 July, Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Pilatus PC-12/45 VH-FDP called into Rockhampton Airport from Emerald.  It later departed back to its Charleville base.

I think you'll agree that these are some fantastic photos that Phil has so kindly shared with us!  Thanks mate!

All photos taken by Phil M  ©

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