During his lunch breaks and after work, local plane spotter 'IAD' always visits Rockhampton Airport, and in recent weeks, he is taking some great delight in capturing and just observing the action as the various resident Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) helicopters and C-130H Hercules transport fly sorties up to and back from the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) during the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2014.
Last Thursday 16 October, 'IAD' captured some great images as the 'resident' RSAF Lockheed C-130H Hercules '734' flew a couple of sorties up to Shoalwater Bay. In the morning, '734' was captured making a spectacular departure from Rocky using the radio callsign of "Condor 18".
Later in the day, '734' was then captured by 'IAD' making an equally spectacular arrival back into Rockhampton Airport, this time as "Condor 28".
The RSAF C-130H Hercules is generally parked on 'Gate 1' which is on the Northern end of the Rockhampton Airport apron.
Meanwhile, also last week at Rockhampton Airport, one of the two RSAF Boeing CH-47SD Chinook helicopters - '88197' - declared an emergency after taking off from Rockhampton, stating that it had engine problems. It did return to Rocky Airport safe and sound and reportedly taxied to its parking position followed by the local Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) tenders.
On Saturday 18 October, 'IAD' captured '88197' clearly undergoing attention on one of its engines while still parked at Rockhampton Airport.
Sincere thanks to 'IAD' for capturing and taking the time to send through these awesome photos!
All photos taken by 'IAD' ©