Thursday, November 24, 2022

Some Nice Early Morning Photos of the Visiting Air Affairs LearJet 35A Bizjets and RAAF BAe Hawk 127 A27-07 at Rockhampton Airport for Exercise Rogue Ambush 2022

Early on Thursday 24 November, local plane spotter Trevor H was out at Rockhampton Airport and captured some nice photos of the four visiting four Air Affairs (Australia) Learjet 35A bizjets that are currently deployed to Rockhampton Airport to support the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Exercise Rogue Ambush 2022.

Later, three of the four LearJets took to the air with VH-SLE and VH-LFA flying together as "Fencer" and VH-SLD flying out of and back to Rockhampton Airport as "Fishbed 41".

It seems that VH-LRX did not fly.

While RAAF British Aerospace (BAe) Hawk 127 jet training aircraft A27-07 completed another flight out of and back to Rockhampton Airport as "Tiger 11".

It appeared to head up to the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) where three flights of RAAF Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fighter aircraft as "Hunter", "Hawkeye" and "Hipshot" operated while completing sorties out of and back to RAAF Base Amberley.

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

Meanwhile, RAAF Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft A30-002 as "Outback 10" was also heard in the area, presumably also participating the Exercise.

Finally, the deployed Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Search and Rescue (CHC Helicopters Australia / Lloyd Helicopters) Agusta AW139 helicopter VH-SYJ "Choppa 22" was also photographed by Trevor awaiting its next flight.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Trevor H for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

All photos taken by Trevor Hardsman  ©

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