Friday, September 1, 2023

FOUR MORE (!) Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing CH-47F 'Foxtrot' Chinook Helicopters Touch Down at Rockhampton Airport for Exercise Wallaby 2023 - A Record EIGHT on the Ground!!

On Friday 1 September, four more Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing CH-47F 'Foxtrot' Chinook helicopters arrived into Rockhampton Airport ahead of the Singapore Armed Forces' Exercise Wallaby 2023 (XWB23).  

They arrived as one flight of four, flying up direct from their base at Oakey.  They were identified as 88166 then 88168, 88169, 88171, and were heard to use the radio callsign of "Conorde".

This brings a total of eight RSAF Chinooks on the ground at Rockhampton Airport for this year's Exercise which is most definitely a record number!

As mentioned below, the Chinook helicopters are flown by the RSAF's 127 Helicopter Squadron which is based at the Sembawang Air Base (SBAB) in Singapore, however as mentioned, with a detachment at Oakey.

The squadron goes by the motto of "Strength, Courage, Swiftness", the motto is supported by the squadron motif, a white horse in full battle armour.

And as mentioned below, the four RSAF Boeing AH-64D Apache helicopters delivered earlier in the week on board the Antonov An-124 have had their rotor blades attached and should be heading off for test flights in the coming days.

Sincere thanks again to local plane spotter John L for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

All photos taken by John Lee  ©

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