After delays and a departure and return, the final two of the six visiting Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing F-15SG 'Shikra' Strike Eagles of 149 Squadron out of Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore - serials 8326 and 8332 - have finally departed Rockhampton Airport for good on Thursday 6 October.
They departed to Darwin as "Singa 3609E-F" at the conclusion of their deployment to participate in the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2016.
The departure of F-15s had been delayed since Monday 3 October due to (reportedly) maintenance issues, while on Wednesday 5 October, they were forced to return to Rockhampton Airport due to air-to-air refuelling issues with the RSAF Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker.
On Thursday 6 October, RSAF KC-135R Stratotanker '750' was noted 'dragging' the F-15s up to Darwin and was heard using the radio callsign "Singa 8621".
Finally, also on Thursday 6 October, after departing and then returning to Rockhampton Airport with the F-15s, the RSAF Lockheed C-130H Hercules '732' also departed Rocky, again bound for Darwin as "SAF 9681".
It had arrived at Rocky on Tuesday 4 October and is clearly in support of the F-15s deployment to Rockhampton.
And so that is the end of the fast-jet action at Rockhampton Airport during Exercise Wallaby for another year!
Sincere thanks to local plane spotters Kayanne H and Trevor H for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!
Photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman and Trevor Hardsman ©