Wednesday, June 24, 2015

RAAF IAI Heron A45-253 Launches Again While Wedgetail A30-001 Does a Missed Approach at Rockhampton Airport Wednesday

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft - A30-001 - performed a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport on Wednesday 24 June.

File photo taken by 'IAD'  ©

A30-001 flew up from the South, and after performing the missed approach, departed back to the South.  It was heard using the radio callsign on "Mitchell 40".

A little earlier in the day, local media were invited to Rockhampton Airport to catch a glimpse of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) A45-253 take to the air again on a local flight.

It is documented that when operating out of Rocky, the drone will use the radio callsign of "Unmanned Bluey 70".

Finally, Australian Army helicopters continue to operate out of Rockhampton Airport in support of Exercise Diamond Strike which is currently underway in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA).  Boeing CH-47D A15-202 was heard conducting flights early on Wednesday as "Brahman 202".

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