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' ©