Thursday, June 4, 2015

A Pair of RAAF Super King Air Aircraft - A32-346 & A32-348 - Pass Through Central Queensland and Spotted at Rockhampton Airport

Over the last couple of days, I've noted with interest that a pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King Air aircraft have either landed or conducted airwork at a couple of Central Queensland Airports - including Hamilton Island Airport on Monday 1 June.  Then late on Wednesday 3 June, the two Super King Airs - A32-346 and A32-348 - which are both operated by the RAAF's 32 Squadron based at East Sale in Victoria - called into Rockhampton Airport and stayed the night.

Early on Thursday 4 June, local plane spotter 'IAD' popped out of Rockhampton Airport and captured both aircraft still parked on the military aircraft parking hardstand on the Northern end of the Rocky Apron.

Both King Airs eventually departed to Amberley with A32-346 using the radio callsign of "Hudson 5" while A32-348 was heard to be using the callsign of "Hudson 36".

Meanwhile, also parked nearby and spending the night on Wednesday 3 June was Surveillance Australia / Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (Cobham Aviation) Dash-8-202 VH-ZZC.

VH-ZZC operated a sortie out of Rocky on Thursday 4 June, using its usual radio callsign of "Customs 33".

Thanks to 'IAD' for capturing what could possibly be the first visitors for the upcoming joint Australian/American military exercise Talisman Sabre 2015, which this year, will also feature personnel from New Zealand and Japan.

All photos taken by 'IAD'  ©

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