Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Exercise Wallaby 2016 - Another Pair of RSAF Lockheed C-130H Hercules Transport Aircraft '731' & '732' Come and Go from Rockhampton Airport

As mentioned below, on Sunday 2 October, Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Lockheed C-130H Hercules '731' arrived at Rockhampton Airport as "SAF 9668" from Darwin.  It was scheduled to return to Darwin (along with the RSAF Boeing F-15SG 'Shikra' Strike Eagles) on Monday 3 October but this flight was cancelled and the Herc remained parked on the Northern end of the Rockhampton Airport parking apron - as shown below.

Then early on Tuesday 4 October, '731' eventually departed Rocky for Darwin, flying again as "SAF 9668".

Later on Tuesday 4 October, fellow RSAF Lockheed C-130H Hercules '732' also touched down at Rockhampton Airport, also from Darwin, but as "SAF 9681".  It too looks to be spending at least for the night and information would suggest that it will depart with the remaining two F-15s on Wednesday 5 October.

Finally, RSAF C-130H Hercules '733', which is currently deployed to Rocky, continues to operate local flights to and back from the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) in support of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2016.

It continues to use the "Rider" radio callsign while flying as many as three sorties each day.

All photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©

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