Sunday, July 18, 2021

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7DT(BBJ) A36-001 Calls into Rockhampton Airport Bringing VIPs for Shoalwater Bay Live Fire Demonstration

On Sunday 18 July, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7DT(BBJ) A36-001 was also spotted visiting Rockhampton Airport. It looked to arrive from Brisbane and Cairns as "Envoy 33".

It looked to bring Australian Federal Minister for Defence, Peter Dutton, and other dinitaries to Rocky.  They were then loaded on board a pair of Australian Army Boeing CH-47F 'Foxtrot' Chinook helicopters A15-302 and A15-307, and flown to the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) to observe a Live Fire Demonstration.

The Chinooks were supported by Australian Army Eurocopter Tiger ARH helicopter A38-010.  They were heard flying as "Chainsaw / Angry Combined".

Later, the Chinooks returned to Shoalwater Bay to collect the VIPs along with Tigers A38-004 and A38-006.

A36-001 "Envoy 33" then departed Rockhampton Airport for Brisbane and then Canberra.

Photos taken by Scott Harris and Steve Vit  ©

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