On Monday 22 July, local plane spotter Scott H was at the right place at the right time to capture some great photos as a pair of US Army Sikorsky UH-60M Blackhawk helicopters departed Rockhampton Airport.
They were identified as (**-)20646 and (13-)20592, both of the 2nd Battalion 158th Aviation Regiment 'Warhawks', and were heard to be flying as "Bigfoot 46 Flight".
It is believed that both Blackhawks completed two trips into Rockhampton Airport both times from the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA).
Meanwhile, late on Sunday 21 July, another pair of US Army Sikorsky UH-60M Blackhawk helicopters were noted visiting 'Camp Rocky' - the Australian Army Defence Support Unit (DSU) camp adjacent to Rockhampton Airport. They arrived from and later departed back to Shoalwater Bay and were heard to be using the radio callsign of "Bigfoot 92 Flight" - suggesting one of the Blackhawks could have been (13-)20592.
While also on Sunday 21 July, another US Army Sikorsky UH-60M Blackhawk helicopter believed to be (13-)20577, was noted visiting Rockhampton Airport, flying in from and back to Shoalwater Bay as "Bigfoot 77".
Finally, also on Sunday 21 July, United States Army (US Army) (US Army Reserve Command) Beech C-12V Huron (Beech B200 King Air) aircraft 94-00320 "Pat 320" was noted visiting Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport.
While over the last few days, all three of the United States Army (US Army) (US Army Reserve Command) Beech C-12V Huron (Beech B200 King Air) aircraft - 95-00088 "Pat 088", 95-00094 "Pat 094" and 94-00320 "Pat 320" - were all both noted visiting Rockhampton Airport. They looked to complete various flights between Townsville, Rocky, Brisbane and Williamson Airfield in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA).
Sincere thanks again to local plane spotter Scott H for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!
All photos taken by Scott Harris ©