Saturday, June 24, 2017

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-209 Pops into Rockhampton Airport

On Saturday 24 June, the preparations for joint Military Exercise Talisman Saber 2017 (TS17) continued in CQ with Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-209 touching down at Rockhampton Airport as "Stallion 32" directly from RAAF Base Amberley.

It was interesting to note that this was the third different RAAF C-17 Globemaster to touch down at Rocky in recent days using that particular flight number and callsign.

After a period of time, A41-209 was noted returning to Amberley again as "Stallion 32".

Local plane spotter Kayanne H was also on hand on Friday 23 June when fellow RAAF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-210 arrived into Rockhampton Airport, also touching down from RAAF Base Amberley as "Stallion 32".

I suspect like the other visits, on Saturday, A41-209 brought more equipment to Rocky that will be used in the forthcoming joint military Exercise Talisman Saber 2017 (TS17) which is due to get underway next week and will feature numerous scenarios in the nearby Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA).

Exercise Talisman Sabre is a major Australian and United States military training exercise focused on the planning and conduct of mid-intensity “high end” warfighting. 2017 will be the seventh time the Exercise has been conducted and will involve over 30,000 Australian and US defence personnel.

TS17 will incorporate force preparation activities, Special Forces activities, amphibious landings, parachuting, land force manoeuvre, urban operations, air operations, maritime operations and the coordinated firing of live ammunition and explosive ordnance from small arms, artillery, naval vessels and aircraft.

TS17 is scheduled to take place from late June through to late July 2017. Exercise activities in Shoalwater Bay Training Area will commence from early July.

The Rockhampton Regional Council has also announced that the Exercise Talisman Sabre 2017 Open Day will be held on Saturday 8 July at the Rockhampton Showgrounds.  See more about the Open Day here:

Stay tuned to the CQ Plane Spotting Blog for all the latest news and aircraft and helicopter movements associated with Exercise Talisman Sabre 2017 (TS17).

Sincere thanks to the local plane spotters for taking the time to capture and send through the great photos we've seen so far!

You are also invited to share with us any of your photos captured before, during and after TS17, simply by posting to our Facebook page (, or alternatively by emailing them to:

All photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©

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