Friday, February 15, 2019

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Alenia C-27J Spartan Transport Aircraft A34-006 "Wallaby 17" Pops into Longreach Airport

On Friday 15 February, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Alenia C-27J Spartan transport aircraft A34-006 was noted visiting Longreach Airport.

A34-006 at Mount Isa Airport last week  (Defence Image)

It was one of two RAAF Spartans that were noted in the air over North Queensland and could possibly have been in the air providing aerial support to local flood ravaged farms and communities.

A34-006 as "Wallaby 17" was heard to initially depart RAAF Base Amberley and completed airwork in the Julia Creek area before landing at Longreach Airport for fuel.  It then departed back to Amberley.

Meanwhile, fellow RAAF Spartan A34-009 as "Wallaby 16" was also in the air on Friday 15 February, initially departing Amberley before also heading to North Queensland and completing airwork around Normanton.  It then landed at Townsville.

The RAAF's 35 Squadron C-27J Spartan battlefield airlifter aircraft have been supporting the flood relief efforts in North Queensland in recent days flying Drum Fabric Collapsible bladders containing fuel that will enable local civil helicopters to drop fodder and hay to farmers and livestock devastated by the extreme weather conditions.

RAAF C-27J Spartan transport aircraft being loaded at Amberley  (Defence Image)

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