Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules Transport Aircraft A97-448 & A97-466 Complete Airwork at Longreach Airport - UPDATED!!

On Tuesday 7 September, a pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules transport aircraft were noted completing airwork at Longreach Airport.

The Hercs were identified as A97-448 as "Trojan 23" and A97-466 as "Trojan 24". Both flew up from RAAF Base Richmond to complete a missed approach each at RAAF Base Amberley then to Longreach Airport where they again each completed a missed approach.

Both Hercs continued onwards to Townsville.

UPDATE!  On Wednesday 8 September, the Hercs completed airwork in the Northern part of Queensland and were spotted above returning to Townsville.

UPDATE!  On Thursday 9 September, the Hercs returned to RAAF Base Richmond, via more airwork at Hamilton Island and the Sunshine Coast Airports, plus another brief strop at Amberley.

Hopefully they fly south again via CQ Airports later this week!

Meanwhile, also on Tuesday 7 September, RAAF Alenia C-27J Spartan transport aircraft A34-003 as "Wallaby 40" flew to Longreach Airport from the North for airwork, before it then continued down to Roma Airport for more airwork and then to Amberley.  It appears to have flown North from Amberley earlier in the day.

All photos taken by Graham Aspinall  ©️

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