After making a surprise but most welcome arrival the previous day, on Thursday 27 June, the visiting pair of United States Marine Corps (USMC) Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters were noted departing Rockhampton Airport bound for their 'ship', the USS Wasp (LHD-1).
As mentioned below, the Super Stallions were identified as 161532 / Code 24 and 161262 / YJ-02. The only visible squadron markings were 'HMH-USA' - part of one of the Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadrons.
It is believed they used the radio callsign of "Bigshow 24" when they departed Rockhampton Airport.
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Sincere thanks to local plane spotters 'IAD' and Daniel B for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos of a couple of great visitors to Rockhampton Airport!
Photos taken by 'IAD' and Daniel Bishop ©