Thursday, April 25, 2019

Photos of RAAF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-209 - Plus Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet A44-202 and Alenia C-27J Spartan A34-009 - Overhead Central Queensland on Anzac Day

Despite inclement weather in many parts of Central Queensland, some great photos and video are coming through of some of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aircraft that were spotted completing spectacular fly-overs during local commemorations on Tuesday 25 April - ANZAC Day.

RAAF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-209 "Stallion 54" was photographed and videoed overhead Bundaberg, Gladstone and Mount Larcom as it completed a spectacular low pass over commemorations in these towns.

A41-209 is one of eight C-17A Globemaster heavy transport aircraft that are flown by Number 36 Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley.  They provide the logistics backbone for Australian Defence Force operations both in Australian and overseas.

Meanwhile, it is believed that RAAF Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet A44-202 "Cannon 11" completed a spectacular fly-by over parts of the Fraser Coast including Fraser Island.

Of interest, A44-202 joined fellow Super Hornet (or "Rhino") A44-219 in overflying the Brisbane Anzac Day parade and commemorations, and they both featured on the state-wide television coverage.

Both Super Hornets are flown by Number 1 Squadron also based at Amberley.

Finally, for me, it was pouring rain in Clermont as RAAF Alenia C-27J Spartan A34-009 "Wallaby 65" completed a fly-over of local commemorations.  It is also believed to have departed Townsville and flew over other commemorations in North and Central Queensland including at Moranbah and Barcaldine before landing back at Amberley.

The C-27J Spartan battlefield airlifter is currently flown by Number 35 Squadron also based at Amberley.

Sincere thanks to to all the local plane spotters for capturing these stunning photos and for allowing us to share them with you all!

Photos and video taken by Dan B, John Van Den Bosch, Daniel Bishop and James Saunders  ©

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