Friday, December 6, 2013

Several Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Movements at Rockhampton Airport This Week

Over the course of the week, I have received numerous text messages and Facebook messages from local plane spotters and enthusiasts alike who have spotted various Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aircraft either flying into Rockhampton or performing missed approaches into Rockhampton Airport.

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On Wednesday 4 December, RAAF Lockheed C-130J transport aircraft A97-442 was spotted on approach into Rockhampton flying as "Mambo 32".  "Mambo 33" and "Mambo 34" were also heard to be making approaches into Rockhampton late on Wednesday evening.

On Thursday 5 December, a RAAF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III - possibly A41-207 flying as "Stallion 12" - was spotted conducting a missed approach onto Rockhampton's Runway 33.

Later, another RAAF C-17, as well as more RAAF C-130s were heard to be approaching Rockhampton Airport, with C-17 A41-209 "Stallion 20" and C-130 A97-442 again as "Mambo 32".

It is believed the Hercs are based in Townsville where a RAAF Exercise is currently underway.

Thanks to the Rocky spotters for all their help this week!

Photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©

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