Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Alenia C-27J Spartan Transport Aircraft A34-007 "Wallaby 62" Also Spotted at Rockhampton Airport

Also on Tuesday 22 March, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Alenia C-27J Spartan transport aircraft A34-007 was also spotted visiting Rockhampton Airport.

It was flying as "Wallaby 62" and looked to fly up from RAAF Base Amberley.  After some time on the ground at Rockhampton Airport, A34-007 departed and headed toward the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) before it then flew down to land at Brisbane.  It then made the short hop back to Amberley.

As mentioned previously, the Alenia C-27J Spartan is a military transport aircraft developed and manufactured by Alenia Aermacchi. The RAAF has ten C-27J Spartan battlefield airlifters with 35 Squadron based at RAAF Base Amberley after they were ordered by in May 2012 to replace the now-retired De Havilland DHC-4 Caribou fleet.

The RAAF C-27J Spartan aircraft complements the capabilities of the current C-130J Hercules and C-17A Globemaster aircraft and uses common C-130J Hercules infrastructure and aircraft systems such as engines, avionics and the cargo handling systems. They will be equipped with missile warning systems, electronic self-protection and battlefield armour allowing them to operate freely in high-threat environments.

Sincere thanks again to local plane spotter John L for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

All photos taken by John Lee  ©

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