Friday, June 22, 2018

Ex Hamel 2018 - Friday's Movements at Rockhampton Airport incl RAAF Alenia C-27J Spartan A34-010 "Wallaby 03" Arriving And Many Helicopters

As Exercise Hamel 2018 continues in the nearby Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA), Rockhampton Airport again saw many movements in and out again on Friday 22 June.

Early in the morning, Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-034 "Warhorse 11" popped in from Shoalwater Bay and back.  It also completed a flight in and out during the later afternoon.

A40-034  (File photo)

Fellow Army MRH-90 A40-012 "Saxon 42" arrived into Rockhampton Airport from Oakey.  After collecting passengers, it departed to Shoalwater Bay.  A40-012 later returned to Rocky and then departed back to Oakey.

And an unidentified Army MRH-90 flying as "Kraken 31" also visited Rockhampton Airport from Shoalwater Bay.  While in the evening, another unidentified Army MRH-90 flying as "Dustoff 31" came into Rockhampton Airport on a medical evacuation flight from Shoalwater Bay.

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) movements on Friday 22 June were highlighted by a pair of Boeing EA-18G Growlers as "Wolf 11" and "Wolf 12" flying overhead Rocky from and back to RAAF Base Amberley to and from the Shoalwater Bay Training Area.

RAAF Boeing P-8A Poseidon Maritime Surveillance Aircraft A47-007 was back in the skies over CQ, heard flying in and out of Shoalwater Bay from and back to Townsville (where it appears to be  based) this time flying as "Blackcat 53".  While an unidentified RAAF Lockheed AP-3C Orion flying as "Striker 64" was heard to depart Shoalwater Bay for RAAF Base Edinburgh in South Australia.

Finally, after the sun went down, RAAF Alenia C-27J Spartan transport aircraft A34-010 arrived into Rockhampton Airport from RAAF Base Amberley as "Wallaby 03".  This is the Spartan's first visit to CQ.

And the three Raytheon Australia / Air Affairs (Australia) Learjets that have been based at Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport were in the air again and completed airwork in Shoalwater Bay before returning to Hervey Bay and then eventually departing 'home' to Nowra in New South Wales.  It appears again that  Learjet 35A VH-ESM was "Shadow 11" while fellow Learjet 35A VH-SLE and Learjet 36 VH-SLJ flew into formation as "Bosun".

Photo taken by 'IAD'  ©

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