Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Recent Rockhamton Airport Action

With thanks to information provided by my contacts whilst I was out of the country, I can report on recent movements at Rockhampton Airport in connection with the RSAF Exercise Wallaby 2010.

The first arrival for the exercise is believed to be RSAF Lockheed C-130H Hercules ‘734’. It arrived on Sunday 19 September and departed on Monday 20 September, flying as “Singa 9071”.

The RSAF AĆ©rospatiale AS332M Super Puma helicopters have arrived from Oakey and were noted parked along side Runway 22 at Rocky on Wednesday 22 September.

Volga Dnepr Antonov AN124 RA-82044 arrived at Rocky late on Saturday 25 September as “VDA1210”. After unloading its cargo of RSAF Boeing AH-64D Apache helicopters (which are now also parked alongside Runway 22), it departed Sunday 26 September to Amberley.

From Sunday 26 to Wednesday 29 September, Air New Zealand B747-419 ZK-NBU operated the first round of passenger charters from Singapore, arriving at Rocky around 8pm each night, and departing around 2 hours later back to Singapore. On the final night however, the jumbo departed empty direct back to Auckland. Ben O was at the airport on Monday 27 September and provides the photo below.

Lastly, two RSAF Boeing CH-47SD Chinook helicopters, accompanied by another Lockheed C-130H Hercules, should be arriving into Rockhampton today or tomorrow.

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