Monday, May 21, 2018

A Few More Photos of the Weekend RAAF Aircraft Action at Rockhampton Airport

Local plane spotter 'IAD' was also on hand at Rockhampton Airport over the weekend and he captured some more great photos of a couple of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aircraft to call into Rockhampton Airport.

As we mentioned below, on Saturday 19 May, RAAF Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules transport aircraft A97-441 called into Rockhampton Airport from RAAF Base Richmond as "Trojan 55".

After a short time on the ground, A97-441 departed back to Richmond again as "Trojan 55".

We've also mentioned that there are currently three RAAF Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft based at Rockhampton Airport as a land/sea joint military exercise is currently underway in the nearby Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA).  On Sunday 20 May, A23-020 was spotted by 'IAD' as it returned to Rockhampton Airport from a sortie in and out of Shoalwater Bay as "Raven 72".

A23-020 joins A23-022 and A23-31 currently based at Rockhampton Airport.  The three PC-9s are flown by the RAAFs Number 4 Squadron (Forward Air Control) based at RAAF Base Williamtown.  Number 4 Squadron consists of three flights, with 'A Flight' comprising the aircrew responsible for operating the four Pilatus PC-9/A Forward Air Control (FAC) variant aircraft.

Sincere thanks to 'IAD' for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

All photos taken by 'IAD'  ©

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