Friday, December 1, 2017

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) British Aerospace (BAe) Hawk 127 Jet Trainer Spotted over Hamilton Island This Week

Over the latter part of this week, a single Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) British Aerospace (BAe) Hawk 127 jet training aircraft was spotted completing airwork, including a missed approach, at Hamilton Island Airport.

RAAF Hawk A27-01 on finals at Townsville this week.

I presume that this is one of the RAAF BAe Hawk jets that have deployed to Townsville Airport to participate in the RAAF's Exercise High Sierra which is currently underway in the Tropical North.

It is believed that three Hawks at Townsville wear serial numbers A27-01, A27-02 and A27-15.  The RAAF's fleet of Hawks are flown by and also wear the tail bands of both No. 76 Squadron out of RAAF Base Williamtown in New South Wales and No. 79 Squadron which is based out of RAAF Base Pearce in West Australia.

Meanwhile, on Thursday 30 November, an unidentified  Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter was noted flying from Townsville to around the Whitsundays - possibly completing airwork at Hamilton Island and Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport as "Destrier 66".

Finally, on Friday 1 December, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7DF(BBJ) A36-002 was noted completing a missed approach at Longreach Airport after flying up from Canberra.  After completing the airwork, A36-002 flew back South to Sydney.  The BBJ was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Consort 85".

Photo taken by 'Shinpow16'  ©

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