Two Herons - A45-253 and A25-262 - were brought to Rockhampton Airport to participate in joint Military Exercise Talisman Sabre 2015, marking the first time ever that a drone is being operated in civilian airspace.
The Heron UAV - which is flown by qualified pilots from a ground control station - provides RAAF commanders with real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information in the field. It is operated by No. 5 Flight as a part of No. 92 Wing. The flight is responsible for operating the RAAF's small fleet of four IAI Herons out of Woomera in South Australia.
A45-253 was heard to use the radio callsign of "Unmanned Bluey 70" during its flight.
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All photos taken by Travis Whiting ©