Saturday, August 31, 2013

More Plane Spotting Photos from Rockhampton Airport on Saturday

Local plane spotters Don W and Travis W have sent through some more fantastic photos of the action at Rockhampton Airport over the last couple of days.

By far the most interesting movements - as we posted below - were on Saturday 31 August, when the Federal Opposition leader Tony Abbott flew into Rockhampton during the Federal election campaign on board Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7DT(BBJ) A36-001, which touched down from Townsville as "Envoy 80".

Mr Abbott's visit also brought Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 VH-JFB to Rockhampton Airport, bringing media to beef city in tow of the opposition leader.

Travis was on hand later on Saturday when VH-JFB departed to Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport as UTY632.

Meanwhile, Travis also spotted Virgin Australia's latest Boeing B737-800 to enter service in form of VH-YIU.

VH-YIU was captured by Travis departing Rockhampton for Brisbane as VOZ1246.  It was VH-YIU's first visit to Rockhampton.

Meanwhile, on the lighter side of Rockhampton Airport, Travis captured a nice photo of Australasian Jet Piper PA-31-350 Navajo VH-ZMK resting in the late afternoon sun.  VH-ZMK has been operating flight to and from Longreach over recent weeks - flying to Longreach on Mondays and returning to Rockhampton on a Friday.

Lastly, Travis captured a couple of spectacular photos of locally-based Eurocopter AS.350BA Squirrel helicopter VH-WHW as it returned from a local flight and landed on its 'pad' outside one of the hangars at Rockhampton Airport on Monday 26 August.

Some fantastic photos of a couple of nice movements into Rockhampton Airport, and we sincerely thanks Don and Travis for sending them through!

Photos taken by Don Williams and Travis Whiting  ©

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