Saturday, July 22, 2017

Ex Talisman Saber 2017 – Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) NH90 Helicopter NZ3306 Spotted at Rockhampton Airport – Plus More Chopper Action from the Last Couple of Days!

Late on Friday 21 July, Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) NH Industries NH90 helicopter NZ3306 was spotted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWTBA).  It was heard to be using the radio callsign of “Warrior 06”.  NZ3306 departed a little later to Williamson Airfield in Shoalwater Bay.

NZ3306 was then spotted returning to Rockhampton Airport on Saturday 22 July but using the different callsign of “Patu 06”.

It looked to complete return flights in and out of Rockhampton Airport presumably from and back to Shoalwater Bay.

Meanwhile, other helicopter action around Rockhampton on Friday 21 July included the return of United States Army (US Army) Sikorsky UH-60M Blackhawk helicopter 12-20435 from Shoalwater Bay to Camp Rocky as “Wolfpack 11”.

It looked to return to the Bay and then return to Rocky and head back to the Bay a further two times.

Also on Friday 21 July, Australian Army Boeing CH-47F ‘Foxtrot’ Chinook helicopter A15-303 popped into Rockhampton Airport from Shoalwater Bay.  It departed to Mackay Airport and then Townsville.  It was heard using the radio callsign of “Brahman 303”.

While also calling into 'Camp Rocky' - the Australian Army Defence Support Group (DSG) camp adjacent to Rockhampton Airport - was Australian Army MRH-90 as “Destrier 11”.

Then on Saturday 22 July, A40-013 and A40-014 were heard to arrive at Rockhampton Airport from Shoalwater Bay as “Broadsword 11” and “Broadsword 12” respectively.

Both MRH-90s looked to complete several circuits around Rockhampton city with several passengers on board each flight.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotters Kayanne H, Daniel B and 'IAD' for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

Photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman, Daniel Bishop and 'IAD'  ©

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