Friday, August 26, 2022

A Record Six Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing CH-47F 'Foxtrot' Chinook Helicopters Touch Down at Rockhampton Airport for Exercise Wallaby 2022

What a sight and sound!

On Friday 26 August, six Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing CH-47F 'Foxtrot' Chinook helicopters arrived into Rockhampton Airport ahead of the Singapore Armed Forces' Exercise Wallaby 2022 (XWB22).

They arrived in two flights of four and then two helicopters, flying up direct from their base at Oakey.  The two flights were heard to use the radio callsigns of "Concorde" and "Celtic".

Of interest, the Chinook helicopters are flown by the RSAF's 127 Helicopter Squadron which is based at the Sembawang Air Base (SBAB) in Singapore, however as mentioned, with a detachment at Oakey.

The squadron goes by the motto of "Strength, Courage, Swiftness", the motto is supported by the squadron motif, a white horse in full battle armour.

The still fairly new CH-47F 'Foxtrot' Chinook helicopters are making their second visit to Rocky for Exercise Wallaby and to have six on the ground is a record number compared to previous years.

At the time of writing, the six serial numbers are yet to be confirmed.

Meanwhile, it appears that the RSAF Boeing AH-64D Apache helicopters are due for delivery to Rockhampton in around a fortnight.

And finally, it seems that heavy jet passenger charter flights will start next week with a mix of Qantas Airbus A330 and Singapore Airlines Airbus A350 aircraft rumoured to be operating into Rockhampton Airport.

Sincere thanks to local pilot Nathan P for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

All photos taken by Nathan Pawley  ©

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