Monday, June 25, 2018

Ex Hamel 2018 - Another Busy Day with Multiple ADF Helicopters and Aircraft Coming and Going at Rockhampton Airport

As the joint Military Exercise Hamel 2018 appears to have reached a climax over the weekend in the nearby Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA), on Monday 25 June, there was yet again a nice selection of Australian Defence Force (ADF) aircraft and helicopters popping into - and above - Rockhampton Airport.

Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-030 as "Warhorse 11" was quite busy calling into Rocky on at least three occasions.  While during the latter part of the afternoon, a pair of Army MRH-90s - one identified as A40-038 - called into Rockhampton Airport together on a medical evacuation flight from Shoalwater Bay as "Hustler 11".

The newly 'resident' Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Alenia C-27J Spartan transport aircraft were noted completing sorties out of and back to Rockhampton Airport.  A34-003 and A34-010 were initially noted flying as "Wallaby 03" and "Wallaby 10" respectively before later being noted using the opposite radio callsigns - very confusing!!

Both Spartans at Rockhampton Airport on Sunday  (File photo)

One final RAAF visitor to Rockhampton Airport on Monday 25 June was Beech B350 Super King Air A32-426 which arrived from Sydney and later departed to Townsville as "Regent 65".

UPDATE!  On a relatively quiet Tuesday 26 June, A32-426 returned to Rockhampton Airport from Townsville as "Dingo 07" before it then departed to Sydney as "Regent 66".

Finally, in the skies over Rockhampton and in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area also on Monday 25 June, RAAF Boeing P-8A Poseidon Maritime Surveillance Aircraft A47-007 was heard flying in the area as "Blackcat 50".

And RAAF Airbus A330-203 / KC-30A (MRTT) A39-002 "Dragon 31" was noted flying down overhead Rocky before entering the Shoalwater Bay Training Area.  It was heard to be flying with RAAF Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornets ("Colt 51" and "Colt 52") which also came up from Amberley.

Photo taken by Russell Prothero  ©

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