Thursday, July 4, 2019

Many Photos as United States Air Force (USAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III Transport Aircraft 05-5147 Arrives into Rockhampton Airport as "Trek 26"

During the late afternoon on Thursday 4 July, United States Air Force (USAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III transport aircraft 05-5147 made a spectacular arrival into Rockhampton Airport as the build up to joint Military Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 (TS19) continued.

It arrived direct from Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii as "Trek 26" and was parked on the Northern Military Hardstand parking area on the Rockhampton Airport apron.

At the time of writing, it appeared that 05-5147 was being prepared for an overnight stay with a departure rumoured to be as early as Friday 5 July.

Of interest, 05-5147 is flown by the 535th Airlift Squadron which is part of the 15th Wing (15 WG) based at Joint Base Pearl Harbour-Hickam, Hawaii.  The wing reports directly to the commander, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF).  It also wears the insignia of the 154th Wing (154 WG) which is a unit of the Hawaii Air National Guard, which is also stationed at Hickam Field, Joint Base Pearl Harbour-Hickam. If activated to federal service, the Wing is gained by Pacific Air Forces.

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

Photos taken by Scott Harris, Daniel Bishop, Trevor Hardsman and Kayanne Hardsman  ©

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