Tuesday, June 16, 2015

RAAF Lockheed C-130J Hercules A97-441 Pops into Rockhampton Airport Late Tuesday - In New Colours!

Making a surprise but most welcome visit to Rockhampton Airport late on Tuesday 16 June was Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J Hercules A97-441.  

The Herc was believed to have arrived from RAAF Base Amberley.

It remained on the ground for a short time before departing South to RAAF Base Richmond in New South Wales.  A97-441 was noted to be using the radio callsign of "Ausy 579".

Of interest, A97-441 was recently re-painted in this new darker livery by Townsville-based paintshop "Flying Colours".  A97-441 was spotted at Rockhampton Airport about this-time-last-year.

File photo taken by Ben O'Dowd  ©

Meanwhile, as mentioned below, Rockhampton Airport now has a trio of Australian Army Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopters on the ground with A15-202 and A15-151 spotted joining A15-152 parked beside Rocky's cross Runway 04/22 late on Tuesday 16 June.




With the arrival of the two Chinooks into Rocky, this means that three of the big tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopters are parked, along with five Eurocopter (ARH) Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters and four NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Kayanne H for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

Photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©

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