Tuesday, October 3, 2017

RAAF Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules A97-467 Airwork at Gladstone and Mackay Airports - Plus P-8A Poseidon A47-001 Airwork at Hamilton Island Airport

In the early evening on Tuesday 3 October, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules A97-467 was spotted completing airwork around both Gladstone and Mackay Airports.

Local plane spotter Michael F was at the right place at the right time to capture a photo of the Herc as it touched down at Gladstone Airport while completing a ‘touch-and-go’.

From Gladstone, A97-467 continued North and completed more airwork at Mackay Airport before finishing the day at Townsville.

A97-467 was heard to be using the radio callsign of “Ausy 708”.

Meanwhile, it wasn’t the only RAAF aircraft to be noted completing airwork in CQ on Tuesday 3 October with RAAF Boeing P-8A Poseidon Maritime Surveillance Aircraft A47-001 noted completing a missed approach at Hamilton Island Airport. 

The RAAF's first P-8A Poseidon A47-001 at the Avalon Airshow in March  (File photo)

It looked to fly north to Hamo from its home at RAAF Base Edinburgh in South Australia via airwork at RAAF Base Amberley. A47-001 appreared to then continue North towards Cairns for more airwork off the coast before also finishing the day at Townsville.

A47-001 was heard to be using the radio callsign of “Blackcat 61”.

Finally on Monday 2 October, a pair of RAAF Beech B350 Super King Air turboprops were heard passing through CQ with one believed to have called into Bundaberg Airport for a brief period of time.  A32-675 flying as "Dingo 01" was noted arriving into Bundaberg Airport from Townsville before it later departed to RAAF Base East Sale in Victoria.  While A32-426 "Dingo 02" also flew South through CQ from Townsville and looked to land at RAAF Base Amberley.

Photos taken by Michael Fleetwood and Ash Burggraaff  ©

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