On Friday 20 January, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-200 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A39-002 was spotted completing a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport as "Dragon 12".
Local plane spotter Kayanne H was at the right place at the right time (her backyard) as the KC-30A approached Rocky from the North before completing the overshoot and pulling up out of the approach right over the top of her place!
Following the missed approach, A39-002 continued South to RAAF Base Amberley.
It has been interesting to note that most examples of RAAF aircraft have taken to the air again this week following the Christmas / New Year period stand-down.
Late on Thursday 19 January, RAAF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-212 was heard using the radio callsign "Stallion 20" completing low-level operations between Emerald and Clermont before continuing to Mackay. It seems to have flown up from Amberley.
RAAF Boeing B737-7DT( BBJ) A36-001 was noted completing airwork at CQ Airports twice this week. On Wednesday 18 January, it was noted flying up from Canberra and completing a missed approach at Longreach Airport. It then continued onward to Mt Isa for more airwork before returning South to Canberra. A36-001 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Envoy 23".
While on Monday 16 January, A36-001 was noted flying up from Canberra and completing a missed approach at Hamilton Island Airport. It looked to return to the nation's capital and was noted using the radio callsign of "Envoy 12".
Finally, on Tuesday 17 January, RAAF Beech B350 Super King Air A32-426 was noted completing airwork around Hamilton Island and the Whitsundays as "Dingo 3" while on a flight from and back to its Townsville base.
Sincere thanks to Kayanne H for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!
All photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman ©