Thursday, July 27, 2017

Ex Talisman Saber 2017 - USAF C-17A Globemaster III 00-0185 Finally Departs Rockhampton Airport - Still With US Navy Seahawks On Board!

During the middle part of the day on Thursday 27 July, United States Air Force (USAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III 00-0185 finally departed Rockhampton Airport for Guam again as "Trek 51".

The Globemaster had arrived into Rocky on Tuesday 25 July (as shown above) and was loaded with the two United States Navy (US Navy) Sikorsky HH-60H Seahawks that had been deployed to Rockhampton during joint Military Exercise Talisman Saber 2017 (TS17).

However its original attempt to depart to Guam on Tuesday was cut short as 00-0185 returned to Rockhampton Airport around an hour after departing, declaring an emergency with "fumes in the cabin".  It made a safe landing and returned to its original parking position on the Northern Military Hardstand.

As shown above, the Globemaster spent all of Wednesday 26 July parked.

As mentioned before, 00-0185 is flown by The 517th Airlift Squadron (517 AS) which is part of the 3rd Wing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska.

Photos taken by 'IAD' and Daniel Bishop  ©

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