Thursday, July 7, 2011

Military Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011 - Thursday's Highlights at Rockhampton Airport

Another spectacular day's spotting at Rockhampton Airport on Thursday 7 July.

One of the highlights was the lunchtime arrival of a World Airways (USA) McDonnell Douglas MD-11(ER) from Hawaii as WOA8511. The aircraft is registered N277WA and was operating a troop charter.

After its arrival on Rockhampton's Runway 33, it was forced to taxi to the end of the Runway and back-track to taxi to its parking position at the Southern end of the Rockhampton Airport terminal apron.

Another real beauty to call into Rockhampton Airport today was a United Stated Navy (USN) Boeing C-40A (B737-7AF) Combi aircraft. The aircraft has the serial 166694 (Tail Code 6694) of the VR-59 Unit, and arrived and departed as "Convoy 7922".

In the late evening, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130H Hercules transport aircraft, A97-009, returned to Rockhampton briefly, departing to the South as "Trojan 08".

The only other military movements noted were of a couple of Australian Army helicopters.

Sikorsky S70A-9 Blackhawk helicopter, A25-105, popped in for a visit before departing to the North (as shown).

Eurocopter (ARH) Tiger Helicopter, A38-015, flew a training sortie around Rockhampton in the evening, using the callsign "Marlin 91".

A couple of cargo movements that were caught early in the day at Rockhampton Airport on Thursday 7 July included..

Toll Aviation Fairchild Metro VH-UZA operating as TFX110 to Emerald.

General Aviation Maintenance (GAM) Aerocommander 500-S VH-YJL operating to Thangool.

Earlier in the day, Pel-Air SAAB 340A Freighter, VH-KDB, passed through Rockhampton on its cargo service on behalf of Australian Air Express from Brisbane and to Mackay.

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