Dan was fortunate enough to be on hand to capture some great photos as all six of the RSAF General Dynamics (Lockheed Martin) F-16D Block 52 Version Fighting Falcon jets departed Rockhampton Airport on sorties to the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA).
It has been interesting to note that on their return to Rockhampton Airport, the RSAF F-16s have usually been noted performing initial and pitch arrivals onto Runway 15 at Rocky.
Dan returned to Rockhampton Airport a little later in the day and again captured some great photos, this time as the RSAF F-16s departed on their evening/night-time sorties also to Shoalwater Bay.
Reports suggest that good sized crowds have gathered each evening to catch a glimpse of the spectacular departures as the afterburners light up the evening and night sky.
Finally, Dan has also captured a few photos of some of the RSAF helicopter action at 'Warriors Camp' which is adjacent to Rockhampton Airport. He spotted one of the six Eurocopter / Aerospatiale AS332M Super Puma helicopters and one of the five Boeing AH-64D Apache helicopters take to the air on sorties to Shoalwater Bay.
As mentioned previously on the CQ Plane Spotting Blog, 'Warriors Camp' is the RSAF landing ground inside the Australian Army Defence Support Group (DSG) 'Camp Rocky'.
Sincere thanks to Dan for taking the time to capture and send through these fantastic photos! Thanks mate!
All photos taken by Dan ©