Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Exercise Wallaby 2010 Action from Last Weekend at Rockhampton Airport

There was action aplenty at Rockhampton Airport on Friday 15 October with 4 of the planned 6 Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) General Dynamics (Lockheed Martin) F-16D-52+ Fighting Falcons arriving from Singapore and Darwin. Lockheed C-130H Hercules ‘733’ also arrived in support of the F-16s and is pictured below early the next morning parked on the Airport apron with some of the F-16s in the foreground.

Later, on Saturday 16 October, the final 2 F-16s arrived from Singapore and Darwin and were supported by Lockheed C-130H Hercules ‘731’.

The photos below show the scenes at the airport early on Sunday 17 October.

From the GA area of the airport, you can see the Aerospatiale Super Puma helicopters parked on Runway 04/22, and the F-16s and the Hercules parked on the Airport apron.

From the Eastern side of the Airport (along Canoona Road near the Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service) you can get a great view of all of the visiting helicopters – Boeing AH-64D Apaches in the foreground, and Aerospatiale AS332M Super Puma in the background – all parked along Runway 04/22.

The Apaches have seen little flight time however, after being grounded due to a mechanical failure and crash landing of one of these aircraft back in Singapore.

Some of these photos and more can also be viewed on our Flickr page HERE.

Meanwhile, Air New Zealand Boeing B747-400 ZK-NBV operated flights from and back to Singapore each night over last weekend. The jumbo was captured on video arriving at about 8pm local last Sunday.

Lastly, this is what the airport looked like with Air New Zealand parked on Gate 6, a Virgin Blue Embraer E-190 also parked at the terminal, and some of the locals who came out for a look at the jumbo.

Local spotters have been told that this area on the Southern side of the terminal will be closed off to the public soon. We at CQ Plane Spotting hope not!!

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