Monday, September 18, 2017

United States Air Force (USAF) Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy 87-0030 Loaded with US Navy Stealth Boat and Departs Rockhampton Airport

After arriving into Rockhampton Airport the previous day, on Monday 18 September, the United States Air Force (USAF) Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy (L-500) 87-0030 was loaded with one of the two Combatant Craft Medium (CCM) Mk 1 Stealth Boats which are operated by the United States Navy SEAL's and were in Central Queensland to participate in joint Military Exercise Talisman Saber 2017 (TS17).

After the Super Galaxy had its front landing gear raised and the aircraft assumed its distinctive kneeling position in preparation for loading soon after it arrived, on Monday morning, the mighty aircraft's nose was raised and the loading ramp deployed.  Soon after, the Navy SEAL's Shadowy Multi-Mission Stealth Speedboats was loaded onto the Super Galaxy - including the truck and trailer!

Several freight pallets and containers were also loaded onto the Super Galaxy and the nose lowered in preparation for its departure.

After a short delay due to a sticky steering pin, 87-0030 was then cleared to Hickam Air Force Base (Hickam Field) in Hawaii and soon after, made a spectacular departure off Rocky's Runway 15 before setting course for the North-East.

It was again heard to be using the radio callsign of "Reach 468".

It is expected that this, or another USAF C-5 Galaxy will touch down again at Rockhampton Airport to transport the other US Navy Stealth Boat back to Hawaii.  Be sure to stay tuned to the CQ Plane Spotting Blog for all the latest news and updates via our Facebook page:

Sincere thanks to local plane spotters Kayanne H and Trevor H for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos of the Super Galaxy at Rockhampton Airport!

Photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman and Trevor Hardsman  ©

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