Monday, May 30, 2016

Aussie Military Movements at Rockhampton Airport Monday - Army Kiowas Depart - RAAF Wedgetail and Globemaster Complete Missed Approaches

We reported on our Facebook page that a pair of Australian Army Commonwealth CA-32 (Bell 206B/OH-58A) Kiowa helicopters had been heard flying around Rockhampton on Sunday 29 May.

Then on Monday 30 May, both unidentified Kiowa helicopters departed the Australian Army's Defence Support Group (DSG) Camp near Rockhampton Airport destined for Bundaberg Airport.

They were heard to be flying under the callsign "Breaker" - as they did on Sunday when it appears they flew to the nearby Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA).

It is possible that they returned South due to maintenance issues with radio communications suggesting that both Kiowas GPS units had failed.

A little later on Monday 30 May, a pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) jet aircraft completed missed approaches also at Rockhampton Airport.

RAAF Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft A30-003 was spotted completing the missed approach after flying up from the South as "Wedgetail 11".

It departed South to Coffs Harbour where it was reportedly due to complete another missed approach.

Then RAAF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-210 also completed a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport after it flew North from RAAF Base Amberley as "Stallion 75".

After completing the missed approach, A41-210 returned to Amberley.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotters Kayanne H and Trevor H who sends through these photos of some great Australian military movements around Rocky on Monday!

Photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman and Trevor Hardsman  ©

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