Making a surprise but most welcome visit to Rockhampton Airport late on Tuesday 16 June was Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J Hercules A97-441.
The Herc was believed to have arrived from RAAF Base Amberley.
It remained on the ground for a short time before departing South to RAAF Base Richmond in New South Wales. A97-441 was noted to be using the radio callsign of "Ausy 579".
Of interest, A97-441 was recently re-painted in this new darker livery by Townsville-based paintshop "Flying Colours". A97-441 was spotted at Rockhampton Airport about this-time-last-year.
|File photo taken by Ben O'Dowd ©|
Meanwhile, as mentioned below, Rockhampton Airport now has a trio of Australian Army Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopters on the ground with A15-202 and A15-151 spotted joining A15-152 parked beside Rocky's cross Runway 04/22 late on Tuesday 16 June.
With the arrival of the two Chinooks into Rocky, this means that three of the big tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopters are parked, along with five Eurocopter (ARH) Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters and four NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters.
Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Kayanne H for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!
Photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman ©