Friday, May 25, 2018

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules A97-442 Calls into Rockhampton Airport as "Trojan 66"

Yet another Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules transport aircraft has been spotted calling into Rockhampton Airport presumably in support of a land/sea joint military exercise which is currently underway in the nearby Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA).

On Friday 25 May, C-130 Hercules A97-442 was spotted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from RAAF Base Amberley as "Trojan 66".

After looking to take on a load of personnel and equipment, A97-442 returned to Amberley.

Meanwhile, also on Friday 25 May, it appeared that one of the three visiting RAAF Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft that have been based at Rockhampton Airport for the exercise in Shoalwater Bay may have departed for good.  Using the radio callsign of "Raven 51", the PC-9 was heard to depart and by the time this is written, had not returned.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotters Kayanne H and Trevor H for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

Photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman and Trevor Hardsman  ©

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