Saturday, August 5, 2023

RAAF British Aerospace (BAe) Hawk 127 Jets Depart Rockhampton Airport for Longreach Airport and Further West at the end of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2023 (TS23) - Plus More!

On Saturday 5 August, the four Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) British Aerospace (BAe) Hawk 127 lead-in fighter jet aircraft that had deployed to Rockhampton Airport for joint military Exercise Talisman Sabre 2023 (TS23) made a spectacular early morning departure from Rockhampton Airport to Longreach Airport on the first leg of their journey back to Western Australia.

At Longreach Airport, flight crews were quite accommodating as curious locals turned out by the dozens for a closer look at the Hawk jets.

After taking on fuel, the four Hawks then departed Longreach Airport for Alice Springs.

As previously mentioned, the four that deployed were A27-19, A27-02, A27-20, A27-15 and are flown by the RAAF's Number 79 Squadron at RAAF Base Pearce near Perth in Western Australia.  They were heard to use the one formation callsign of "Raptor".

Meanwhile, later on Saturday 5 August, CHC Helicopters Australia / Lloyd Helicopters Agusta AW139 helicopter VH-SYV as "Choppa 42" was also spotted at Longreach Airport, soon after arriving from RAAF Base Tindal via Tennant Creek and Mount Isa, also following a deployment in support of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2023.

It is scheduled to depart Longreach Airport to Roma Airport and then RAAF Base Amberley early on Sunday 6 August.

Finally, also on Saturday 5 August, Helicorp (Toll) Leonardo S.P.A. Helicopters (Agusta) AW139 helicopter VH-XIU "Rescue 902" took to the air from Camp Growl / The Glen Airfield within the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) for Townsville, also following is deployment also in support of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2023.

UPDATE!  Across Thursday 10 August and Friday 11 August, VH-XIU "Rescue 902" flew from Townsville back to Darwin via Mount Isa and Tennant Creek, along with the deployed Australian Army Eurocopter Tiger attack helicopters, which also returned to the Army's Robertson Barracks in Darwin from Townsville.

Photos taken by Steve Vit, Dan Oakey and Allan Abbott  ©

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