Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Ex Talisman Saber 2017 - RAAF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-209 Pops into Rockhampton Airport - Plus Yet More RAAF and Other Lockheed C-130 Hercs Come and Go

On Wednesday 19 July, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-209 popped into Rockhampton Airport from RAAF Base Amberley as "Stallion 89".

After looking to offload some equipment, it departed Rocky for RAAF Base Richmond.

Meanwhile, yet again, over the last few days, various Lockheed C-130 Hercules transport aircraft continue to come and go at Rockhampton Airport carrying various loads of personnel and equipment.

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Herc A97-441 has been noted completing various flights between Rockhampton and RAAF Base Richmond as "Trojan 06".  Fellow RAAF Herc A97-465 continues to fly around Rocky and the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) as "Mambo 20".

Of interest, A97-465 has also been noted flying in formation with one of the two United States Air Force (USAF) Special Operations Squadron Lockheed MC-130J Hercules aircraft which remain based at Rockhampton Airport.

On Wednesday 19 July, A97-465 was joined by 13-5775 and flew together putting on a spectacular show as they completed an 'initial and pitch' when arriving back into Rockhampton Airport.

Finally, the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Lockheed C-130H Hercules NZ7005 continues to complete various flights in and out of Shoalwater Bay from both Richmond and Amberley. It has again been heard to be using the radio callsign of "Kiwi 10".

Photos and video taken by 'IAD' and Nicole Ramsay  ©

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