On Saturday 28 November, a pair Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing P-8A Poseidon Maritime Surveillance Aircraft were noted completing low-level airwork including 'no-comm' (no radio communication) work in the region mostly off the Central Queensland coast.
Poseidon A47-011 as "Mariner 4" looked to fly up from RAAF Base Edinburgh to a position North of Rockhampton and out off the coast to operate at low level and no-comm while heading South-bound. They were later heard back on the radio climbing back up to flight levels from near Lady Elliot Island before flying all the way back to the their Edinburgh base.
While Poseidon A47-004 as "Mariner 5" flew up from Edinburgh to off the coast near Bundaberg before being heard to descend to low level and complete no-comm ops. They were noted to fly South along the Eastern side of Fraser Island and down the coast to a position off Northern New South Wales. The Poseidon was then heard back on the radio completing a missed approach at Coffs Harbour before returning to Edinburgh.
Photo taken by Tony Haynes ©