Friday, November 9, 2018

Australian Army Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk Helicopter Passes Through Rockhampton Airport as "Ausy 1102"

On Friday 9 November, an unidentified Australian Army Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk helicopter was heard passing through Rockhampton Airport.  It appeared to fly in from the North - possibly from Townsville where some are currently based.

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After taking on fuel, it was heard to fly to Oakey at low level.  The Blackhawk was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Ausy1102".

Meanwhile, also on Friday 9 November, there was another visit into Rockhampton Airport by a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King Air.  It was identified as A32-372 and was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Torch 22".

It appeared to arrive into Rockhampton Airport from Cairns, via a missed approach at Mackay Airport.  After a couple of hours on the ground, A32-372 departed originally to Oakey, flying South via the Queensland coast.  When near Bundaberg, it changed to complete low-level airwork in the area before completing more airwork off Hervey Bay.  It then landed at the Sunshine Coast.

Of interest, as reported below, A32-372 had flown North to Townsville from RAAF Base East Sale via Roma Airport as "Hudson 32" on Wednesday 7 November.

Photo taken by Daniel Bishop  ©

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