Monday, January 30, 2023

A Double Treat of RAAF Heavy Transport Aircraft at Rockhampton Airport on Monday - C-17 Globemaster A41-209 & KC-30A MRTT A39-005

Late morning on Monday 30 January, a pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) heavy transport aircraft were photographed as they approached Rockhampton Airport, with one landing for a short while and other completing a missed approach.

First, RAAF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III transport aircraft A41-209 as "Stallion 34" arrived into Rockhampton Airport from RAAF Base Amberley via airwork at Charleville Airport.

It parked on Taxiway Juliette for a crew change before then departing to Townsville via a missed approach at Mackay Airport.

Then RAAF Airbus A330-200 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A39-005 as "Dragon 41" also flew up to Rockhampton Airport from Amberley.

It was heard to be preparing to land but with the C-17 already on the ground, the crew decided to instead complete a missed approach and continue on to the Sunshine Coast where it completed more airwork.  The KC-30A then returned to Amberley.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotters John L and Scott H for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

Photos taken by John Lee and Scott Harris  ©

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