On Friday 16 April, a pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III transport aircraft were both spotted at and around Rockhampton Airport as they completed airwork and missed approaches, as well as a landing and departure.
After flying into Townsville the previous day, A41-206 as "Stallion 37" flew down from there to complete a missed approach at Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport. It then continued down to Rockhampton Airport where it landed at parked on Taxiway Juliette while it completed a crew change.
A41-206 then taxied out and departed Rockhampton Airport but quickly returned to complete a touch-and-go approach before it then flew South to complete another touch-and-go approach at the Sunshine Coast before it continued to Amberley.
During the latter part of the morning, A41-208 as "Stallion 42" departed RAAF Base Amberley and flew out to a position South-East of Taroom where it descended to below 5000ft. It then flew low-level over Taroom, Injune and up to Duaringa before it then headed to Rockhampton Airport where it completed a missed approach. A41-208 then returned to Amberley.
A41-208 completed its missed approach at Rockhampton Airport as A41-206 was preparing to taxi out for departure - as shown above.
Sincere thanks to local plane spotters Michael M and 'IAD' for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!
Photos taken by Michael Malick and 'IAD' ©