Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) B737 Wedgetail and Airbus KC-30A MRTT at Rockhampton Airport Tuesday

It was turning out to be a quiet day at Rockhampton Airport on Tuesday 29 May, with not many interesting aircraft visiting, and the usual scheduled regular passenger transport (RPT) services operating. But that changed when a lovely pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aircraft popped into the Airport.

Firstly, Boeing 737-7ES Wedgetail A30-001 conducted a missed approach at Rochampton Airport's Runway 15.  Ben O managed to catch the Wedgetail as it climbed out of the Airport as "Wedgetail 04".

A little later, Airbus A330-203 / KC-30A (MRTT) A39-004 also conducted a misssed approach on Runway 15.

It then returned to Rockhampton Airport and made a spectacular landing in front of some very lucky Rockhampton spotters.

After a quick turnaround on the ground at the Airport, the MRTT departed off Runway 15 to the South as "Dragon 11".

The action at Rockhampton Airport is expected to ramp up a little in the coming weeks as three Australian Defence Force (ADF) exercises are due to take place in the nearby Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA). Documents suggest that there may be frequent visits to Rockhampton Airport from RAAF fast jets, as well as support from RAAF transport aircraft. Australian Army helicopter operations are expected to be carried out from Rockhampton Airport as well.

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