Local plane spotter Phil M was also on hand to capture some more stunning images of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-209, as it conducted a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport on Wednesday 2 July.
As mentioned below, the C-17 flew to the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) before being noted conducting a missed approach at Maryborough Airport later in the day. It was heard to use the radio callsign "Stallion 23".
Also on Wednesday 2 July, Phil captured the first images I've seen of Virgin Australia Embraer E-190 VH-ZPR which now wears a red nose cone with its white livery.
VH-ZPR was operating the VOZ1245/1248 service from and back to Brisbane. Research reveals that it also called into Proserpine / Whitsunday Coast and Mackay Airports earlier in the day.
One other notable visitor to Rockhampton on Wednesday 2 July was Gladstone Helicopters / Helireef Eurocopter EC135 P2 helicopter VH-ZGZ.
Finally, late on Monday 30 June, Phil captured a couple of lovely atmospheric night photos of Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (VARA) ATR 72-500 VH-FVX as it was locked up for the night at Rockhampton Airport after arriving from Brisbane. It departed the next morning on a scheduled service back to Brisbane.
It's also worth mentioning that also on Tuesday 1 July, Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Pilatus PC-12/45 VH-FDP called into Rockhampton Airport from Emerald. It later departed back to its Charleville base.
I think you'll agree that these are some fantastic photos that Phil has so kindly shared with us! Thanks mate!
All photos taken by Phil M ©
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