Sunday, February 19, 2023

Spectacular! The RoKAF Black Eagles Arrive into Rockhampton Airport for an Overnight Stay - 9 KAI T-50B Jets and C-130J Hercules

During the early evening on Sunday 19 February, The Republic of Korea (South Korea) Air Force (RoKAF) "Black Eagles" aerobatic team arrived into Rockhampton Airport for an overnight stop while enroute to Melbourne, Avalon Airport where they will participate in the upcoming Australian International Airshow.

A total of nine of the team's KAI T-50B trainers and one C-130 Hercules transport aircraft landed at Rockhampton Airport in four groups on Sunday evening.  They flew across from Darwin and Mount Isa (pictured below).

The T-50B jets travelled in three flights as "Bravo Echo 01/04/07" and possibly carry the military serial numbers of 10-0052, 10-0059, 15-0084, 10-0053, 10-0055, 10-0051, 10-0058, 10-0060, and 10-0057.

While the C-130J-30 looked to be 45-747 and flew as "Argo 101".

It appears that fellow C-130J-30 45-750 "Argo 102" was possibly planned to fly across from Darwin to Mount Isa but turned back to Darwin with an engine problem - as shown below.

The aircraft will depart Monday morning for RAAF Base Richmond in New South Wales before then continuing down to Avalon later in the week.

It is also possible that a third RoKAF C-130H-30 55-030 "Argo 103" will call into Rockhampton Airport later on Monday 20 February.

The team originally left an air base in Wonju, 130 kilometres east of Seoul, midway through last week. It is the first time they have travelled to Australia to participate in the biennial Australian International Airshow and Aerospace Defence Exposition slated to take place at Avalon Airport in Geelong from February 28 to March 5.

For the show, the Korean Air Force has mobilized some 120 personnel, including 11 pilots, as well as the nine T-50B supersonic jets and three C-130 transport aircraft.

Of interest, The Republic of Korea Air Force aerobatic team was formed on December 12, 1994, and flew six Cessna A-37B Dragonfly airplanes.  It disbanded temporarily after the 2007 Seoul Air Show and reformed upon the arrival of the new T-50 Golden Eagle aircraft, codenamed T-50B, in 2010.

Sincere thanks to the local plane spotters for providing us with such a great coverage of the arrival of these awesome visitors to the region!

Photos taken by Scott Harris, Trevor Hardsman, Johno Neilsen, Zavier Wuthrich and Jake Wallace  ©

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