Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Also Spotted at Rockhampton Airport Over The Last Few Days

Rockhampton plane spotters have been treated to some fantastic aircraft to touch down at Rockhampton Airport over the last few days.  Two of the more 'special' arrivals no doubt have been the unique pair of United States Air Force (USAF) turbo prop aircraft that have touched from Asia.

On Sunday 7 April, USAF Beech C-12J Huron (Beech 1900C-1) - serial 86-0082 - touched down from Cairns.  Don W caught up with the Huron early on Monday 8 April.

Then on Monday 8 April, USAF Dornier C-146A (Dornier 328-120) - serial 10-3077 - touched down from Townsville.  'IAD' managed to capture the Dornier early on Tuesday 9 April.

Also arriving into Rockhampton Airport on Monday 8 April, were a pair of Australian Army Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk helicopters which 'IAD' also managed to photograph.  The Blackhawks - A25-219 and A25-201 - were heard to fly to and back from the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA).

Another Blackhawk - A25-106 - also passed through Rockhampton Airport late last week on Thursday 4 April.

Also on Monday 8 April, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft, A30-002, performed a spectacular missed approach, which 'IAD' was also lucky enough to catch.

Sister-ship A30-006 ("Wedgetail 06") performed two missed approaches at Rockhampton Airport last Wednesday 3 April.

Also on Monday 8 April, 'IAD' photographed another Beech 1900 arriving into Rockhampton - this time the familiar sight of the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) Raytheon (Beech) 1900D VH-PSK.

Also Virgin Australia Boeing B737-800 VH-YVC was photographed on Monday arriving from Brisbane as VOZ1243.

Another Virgin Australia B737-800 to be spotted at Rockhampton Airport was VH-VUK, which 'IAD' photographed arriving from Brisbane as VOZ1245 on Sunday 7 April.

On Saturday 6 April, 'IAD' captured three lovely photographs of Virgin Australia (Skywest Airlines) ATR 72-600 VH-FVR as it departed Rockhampton for Brisbane as VOZ1242.

As we reported, on Saturday 6 April Rockhampton Airport played host to RAAF Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 A37-002, which is operated by the VIP 34 Squadron in Canberra.  Rockhampton plane spotter Ben O happened to be driving past the Airport and called in for a quick photo.

While he was there, an even bigger surprise greeted him in the form of six Australian Army Commonwealth CA-32 (Bell 206B/OH-58A) Kiowa helicopters.

Lastly, on Thursday 4 April, a pair of RAAF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III transport aircraft performed missed approaches at Rockhampton Airport.  It is believed that A41-207 ("Stallion 27") and A41-208 ("Stallion 24") were the aircraft.

Photos taken by Don Williams, ‘IAD’ and Ben O’Dowd  ©

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