Wednesday, November 23, 2022

A Fourth Air Affairs (Australia) Learjet 35A Bizjet VH-LRX "Ajax 19" Arrives into Rockhampton Airport to Support Exercise Rogue Ambush - Plus More!

On Wednesday 23 November, a fourth Air Affairs (Australia) Learjet 35A bizjet was noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport, presumably to provide further support to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Exercise Rogue Ambush 2022.

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Learjet 35A VH-LRX arrived into Rocky as "Ajax 19" from HMAS Albatross at Nowra.

VH-LRX joined fellow Air Affairs Learjet 35A bizjet VH-SLE as "Fencer" completing a sortie during the afternoon.  Fellow Learjet 35A VH-SLE flew as "Fishbed 41".

Earlier, Learjet 35As VH-SLD and VH-LFA flew as "Fencer", while VH-SLE flew as "Fishbed 21".

Again, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) British Aerospace (BAe) Hawk 127 jet training aircraft A27-07 completed sorties as "Tiger 11" - departing Rockhampton Airport for the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) and then back to Rockhampton Airport.

While during the morning and then the afternoon, flights of two or four RAAF Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fighter aircraft as "Hunter", "Hawkeye" and "Hipshot" yet again completed sorties around the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) flying from and back to RAAF Base Amberley.

RAAF Airbus A330-200 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A39-001 as "Dragon 12" was again noted in the area providing air-to-air refuelling support to the F-35A's.

And RAAF Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft A30-002 as "Mitchel 05" was also heard in the area, presumably also participating the Exercise.  It flew up from RAAF Base Williamtown to operate East of Bundaberg before then landing at Amberley.  It later returned to the same area before then returning down to Williamtown.

Finally, the deployed Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Search and Rescue (CHC Helicopters Australia / Lloyd Helicopters) Agusta AW139 helicopter VH-SYJ "Choppa 22" continues to complete local training flights.

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