Monday, July 13, 2015

A Few Military Movements Captured at Rockhampton Airport Monday as Exercises Hamel and Talisman Sabre Continue

Local plane spotters 'IAD' and Kayanne H ventured to Rockhampton Airport on Monday 13 July and both captured some more great photos of more of the military aircraft action as Exercise Hamel and joint Military Exercise Talisman Sabre 2015 both continue.

Early on Monday, 'IAD' captured a couple of great photos as Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) British Aerospace (BAe) Hawk 127 jet training aircraft A27-07 and A27-17 departed together as "Puma".

It's worth noting that the Hawks were seen and heard departing on at least three other sorties on Monday with one pair heard using the "Leopard" radio callsign.

Also on Monday 13 July, a threesome of RAAF Beech B350 Super King Air aircraft also called into Rockhampton Airport with A32-673 "Dingo 14" and A32-670 "Dingo 26" both calling in from Townsville.

A32-673 eventually departed to RAAF Base Amberley while A32-670 departed back to Townsville via a practice ILS approach at Gladstone Airport!  That was a surprise!

The other Super King Air to call in was A32-426, and it called in from RAAF Base Tindal, near Katherine in the Northern Territory.  It was heard to be using the unusual radio callsign of "Blackduck 7".

A32-426 later departed to Mount Isa.

RAAF Lockeed C-130J-30 Hercules transport aircraft A97-467 was again heard flying from the South into the Shoalwater Bay Training Area, although this time it was using the radio callsign of "Odyssey 40".

Another Hercules - Lockheed C-130H NZ7003 of the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) was also heard flying in Shoalwater Bay - and was even noted completing a 'touch-and-go' on Runway 32 at Mackay Airport!

Finally, three of the four Australian Army Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk helicopters based at Rockhampton Airport were noted flying back into Rocky as "Redback", while after dark, two Blackhawks were heard to be completing circuits at Rockhampton Airport as "Claymore 81" and "Claymore 82".

Sincere thanks again to 'IAD' and Kayanne for taking the time to capture and send through their awesome photos from Rockhampton Airport!

Photos taken by 'IAD' and Kayanne Hardsman  ©

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