Friday, June 29, 2018

Ex Hamel 2018 - The Pack-up Starts with RAAF KC-30 MRTT A39-004 & C-130J Herc A97-467 Popping into Rockhampton Airport and Both C-27J Spartans Departing For Good

On Friday 29 June, and with the joint Military Exercise Hamel 2018 in its final days, the pack-up has commenced with Rockhampton Airport playing host to visits by Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) transport aircraft and the final departure of the pair of deployed C-27J Spartans.

During the morning, RAAF Airbus A330-203 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A39-004 arrived from RAAF Base Amberley as "Dragon 21".

It was promptly loaded with what looked to be a full flight of personnel and their bags and equipment before it then departed direct to Sydney.

Soon after the MRTT departed, RAAF Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules transport aircraft A97-467 arrived from RAAF Base Richmond as "Trojan 76".

After collecting several pieces of equipment, it departed back to Richmond.

It is believed that the Herc collected equipment in support of the visiting pair of RAAF Alenia C-27J Spartan transport aircraft which also both departed Rockhampton Airport for good on Friday 29 June.  A34-003 as "Wallaby 41" and A34-010 "Wallaby 44" were both noted departing for RAAF Base Richmond with one of the pilots noting that they were due not to return.

It's also worth noting that on a relatively quiet day of flights on Thursday 28 June, RAAF Beech B350 Super King Air A32-439 was noted making an early morning departure from Rockhampton Airport for Townsville as "Dingo 10".  It had earlier arrived into Rocky from the South.

Meanwhile, while she was at Rockhampton Airport on Friday 29 June, local plane spotter Kayanne H also managed to capture a couple of photos of Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters A40-011 "Warhorse 11" and A40-038 "Warhorse 12" which flew in from and then later departed back to the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA).

Of interest, A40-011 also completed at least one flight in and out of Rockhampton Airport also on Thursday 28 June also as "Warhorse 11".

Sincere thanks to local plane spotters Kayanne H and 'IAD' for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

Photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman and 'IAD'  ©

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