Sunday, July 14, 2019

Final US Army Boeing AH-64E Apache Helicopter (17-03193) 73193 Departs Rockhampton Airport for Shoalwater Bay as "Serpent 12" - Plus More!

On Sunday 14 July, it seems that the fifth and final United States Army (US Army) Boeing AH-64E Apache helicopter with serial (17-03193) 73193 finally departed Rockhampton Airport heading to the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA).

Local plane spotter Steve V was at the right place at the right time as it departed as "Serpent 12".

Until now, the Apache has spent more than a week parked at Rockhampton Airport after it flew up from the Gladstone Port where it arrived from overseas late last month.

Also on Sunday 14 July, US Army Sikorsky UH-60M Blackhawk helicopter (**-)20401 called into 'Camp Rocky' - the Australian Army Defence Support Unit (DSU) camp adjacent to Rockhampton Airport - flying from and back to Shoalwater Bay as "Bigfoot 01".  Local plane spotter Daniel B was also on hand as it arrived.

Meanwhile, on Saturday 13 July, fellow US Army Sikorsky UH-60M Blackhawk helicopter (**-)20646 completed the same flight but as "Bigfoot 46".

While an unidentified US Army Sikorsky UH-60L Blackhawk helicopter completed what was believed to be a medical evacuation flight also into Camp Rocky from and back to Shoalwater Bay as "Dustoff 43" also on Saturday 13 July.

Finally, over the course of the weekend, all three United States Army (US Army) (US Army Reserve Command) Beech C-12V Huron (Beech B200 King Air) aircraft, made multiple visits into Rockhampton Airport completing various flights heading North and South.

The three C-12V Huron turboprops - 95-00088 as "Pat 88", 95-00094 as "Pat 94" and  94-00320 as "Pat 320" - were all noted flying between Townsville (where they are based), Rocky, Brisbane and even RAAF Base Richmond in New South Wales.

Photos taken by Steve Vit and Daniel Bishop  ©

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