Local plane spotter Travis W was on hand at Rockhampton Airport on Sunday 11 September as two of the four Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing CH-47SD Chinook helicopters - serials '88193' and '88195' - underwent short test flights around the Airport. Again they have been heard using their usual radio callsign of "Cyclops".
Three of the four Chinooks are undergoing test flights following re-assembly after their delivery from Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore last week on board the Antonov Airlines (Antonov Design Bureau) AN-124-100 'Ruslan' UR-82073.
The four RSAF Chinooks will be participating - along with other choppers and F-15SG fighter jets - in the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2016.
At this stage, the four Chinooks are parked at various spots beside the cross-Runway 04/22 and on the Northern military hardstand at Rockhampton Airport. However, once Exercise Wallaby 2016 kicks off, it is expected that the Chinooks will operate from the Australian Army Defence Support Group (DSG) 'Camp Rocky', which is adjacent to Rockhampton Airport.
All photos taken by Travis Whiting ©