Wednesday, May 25, 2016

RAAF Super King Air A32-670 "Boomer 8" - Plus a RAAF KC-30 MRTT A39-001 - At Rockhampton Airport Wednesday

A couple of nice suprise arrivals into Rockhampton Airport during Wednesday 25 May included Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King Air A32-670 which flew in from Canberra using the radio callsign of "Boomer 8".

A32-670 at Rockhampton Airport  (File photo)

We haven't heard much of this callsign which is reportedly utilised by the RAAF 38 Squadron based out of Townsville Airport.

A32-670 "Boomer 8" departed Rocky for Townsville before being later noted returning South.

Meanwhile, as the Super King Air was visiting, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-203 / KC-30A (MRTT) A39-001 performed a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport also on Wednesday 25 May.  It flew up from RAAF Base Amberley before continuing further North and completing missed approaches at Cairns and at Townsville.  It later returned to Amberley.

Aside from these two RAAF movements (and the movements later in the day - see ABOVE!!), there was also a couple of other interesting light General Aviation (GA) and a bizjet movement of note on Wednesday 25 May.

Very early in the morning, Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 bizjet N142GZ touched down from its Mackay base and later departed to Sydney.  It returned to Rocky from Sydney later in the day before returning 'home' to Mackay.

R-Mach Aviation's smart little Lancair 4 VH-XVP completed a flight to Archerfield and back while Sunshine Coast-based Bell 206 VH-ZBB helicopter called in for fuel before departing to the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour.

VH-XVP at Rockhampton Airport  (File photo)

Over the course of Wednesday 25 May and Tuesday 24 May, locally-based Peace Aviation Beech A36 Bonanza VH-MMB completed two return flights to Clermont.  I believe it transported local Federal member Michelle Landry to my home town on Tuesday and then back on Wednesday.

File photo

And finally on Wednesday 25 May, the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) Raytheon B1900D VH-PSK also called into Rockhampton Airport during a busy day of flying which also included stops at Mackay Airport (twice), as well as Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns.

Photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman and 'IAD'  ©

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