It looked to unload some cargo loading equipment which no doubt suggests that more military transport aircraft are expected into Rockhampton Airport in the days before/after and during the upcoming Military Exercise Talisman Sabre 2017 (TS17).
After a short period of the time on the ground, A41-210 departed Rockhampton Airport and returned to Amberley.
Then, just before this post was written, later on Friday 23 June, fellow RAAF C-17A Globemaster III A41-212 touched down at Rockhampton Airport also from Amberley - interestingly it was heard to use the same radio callsign of "Stallion 32".
After unloading more equipment and other cargo, A41-212 returned to Amberley.
Stay tuned to the CQ Plane Spotting Blog for all the latest news and aircraft and helicopter movements associated with Exercise Talisman Sabre 2017 (TS17).
Exercise Talisman Sabre is a major Australian and United States military training exercise focused on the planning and conduct of mid-intensity “high end” warfighting. 2017 will be the seventh time the Exercise has been conducted and will involve over 30,000 Australian and US defence personnel.
TS17 will incorporate force preparation activities, Special Forces activities, amphibious landings, parachuting, land force manoeuvre, urban operations, air operations, maritime operations and the coordinated firing of live ammunition and explosive ordnance from small arms, artillery, naval vessels and aircraft.
TS17 is scheduled to take place from late June through to late July 2017. Exercise activities in Shoalwater Bay Training Area will commence from early July.
The Rockhampton Regional Council has also this week announced that the Exercise Talisman Sabre 2017 Open Day will be held on Saturday 8 July at the Rockhampton Showgrounds. See more about the Open Day here: https://tinyurl.com/y8xn3dhv
Sincere thanks to local plane spotters Daniel B and Scott H for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!