Monday, April 8, 2013

A Pair of Australian Army Blackhawk Helicopters and a RAAF B737 Wedgetail Drop Into Rockhampton Airport

To continue the recent military aviation action at Rockhampton Airport, a pair of Australian Army Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk Helicopters called in on Monday 8 April.  The Blackhawks - A25-219 and A25-201 - both arrived from parts unknown - and were heard to be possibly flying sorties to the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA).

Local plane spotter 'IAD' managed to catch both of the Blackhawks in the early afternoon.  He also noted that they were using unusual radio callsigns that haven't been heard previously.  A25-219 was using the callsign "Spark 219", while A25-201 - which is pictured by 'IAD' arriving into Rockhampton Airport - was using the callsign "Spud 201".

As shown below, both Blackhawks parked on the Military Hardstand at the Northern end of the Rockhampton Airport apron - in front of the visiting United States Air Force (USAF) Beech C-12J Huron (Beech 1900C-1) - serial 86-0082 - which touched down at Rockhampton Airport on Sunday 7 April.

Photo taken by Don Williams  ©

Just before he departed the Airport, 'IAD' was thrilled to also capture a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft as it overflew Rockhampton Airport, and then performed a missed approach onto Runway 15. 

As noted by 'IAD', the Wedgetail wore the serial A30-002 and was using the radio callsign "Wedgtetail 15".

Certainly some great sights at Rockhampton Airport over the last few days, and we sincerely thank the Rockhampton Plane Spotters for all their hard work and generosity in sharing their wonderful images of some wonderful aircraft!

Photos taken by 'IAD'  ©

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