Friday, October 20, 2017

Volga-Dnepr Antonov AN-124 RA-82047 Returns to Rockhampton Airport To Take Two RSAF Boeing CH-47SD Chinook Helicopters Home

Early in the morning on Thursday 19 October, Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov AN-124-100 RA-82047 returned to Rockhampton Airport, touching down from Johor Bahru Senai International Airport (Malaysia) as VDA4053.

A few local plane spotters, along with other members of the public, were on hand again as the giant Russian aircraft touched down on Rocky’s Runway 15 before it taxied onto its parking spot on Gate 6 on the Southern end of the Rockhampton Airport apron.

As we mentioned in last post about its first visit, it's interesting to note that the aircraft still wears a sticker on its port-side commemorating 25 years of the Volga Dnepr Group.

As the tech crew departed for their accommodation, the ground engineers were joined by local ground crew and the Antonov commenced loading with its front landing gear being raised and the aircraft placed into its unique 'kneeling' position to allow the loading of its cargo.

On this flight, the two Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing CH-47SD Chinook helicopters which had been deployed to Rockhampton during the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2017, along with their rotor blades and other equipment, were all loaded in preparation for their return to Singapore.

Loading was completed over the course of Thursday 19 October and as the sun set for the night, the Antonov remained parked.

Then early on Friday 20 October, RA-82047 made a spectacular departure from Rockhampton Airport flying direct to Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore as VDA4054.

That’s it!  All airborne movements in association with the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2017 are finished!

Sincere thanks to local plane spotters Kayanne H, Trevor H and 'IAD' for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos of the Antonov's final visit to Rocky for 2017!

Photos and video taken by Kayanne Hardsman, Trevor Hardsman and 'IAD'  ©

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