Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Exercise Wallaby 2019 - Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Lockheed C-130H Hercules Transport Aircraft 730 Arrives at Rockhampton Airport

On Wednesday 18 September, Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Lockheed C-130H Hercules '730' was spotted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from Darwin as 'SAF9965' / "Singa 9965".

It had arrived into Darwin the previous day from Singapore.

The Herc taxied in and parked on the Northern end of the Rockhampton Airport parking apron where it was promptly unloaded.  It appeared to be staying for at least the night.

UPDATE!  Early on Thursday 19 September, the RSAF Herc '730' was noted departing Rockhampton Airport for Darwin again as 'SAF9965' / "Singa 9965".

Reports suggest that at least one RSAF Herc will be based at Rocky during the Singapore Armed Force's forthcoming Exercise Wallaby 2019.

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday 18 September, the four Aerospatiale / Eurocopter AS332M Super Puma helicopters, which arrived into Rockhampton Airport the previous day on board the giant Volga-Dnepr Antonov AN-124-100 RA-82044, were spotted having their rotor blades fitted in preparation for test-flights which are presumed to start occurring in the coming days.

While the AN-124 is expected to returned to Rockhampton Airport early on Thursday 19 September, this time with the four RSAF Boeing AH-64D Apache helicopters on board.

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

All photos taken by 'IAD'  ©

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