Monday, September 25, 2023

Exercise Wallaby 2023 - Exciting Times as RSAF F-16D+ Fighting Falcon Jets Start Flying out of Rockhampton Airport - Plus More!

On Monday 25 September, the deployed Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) General Dynamics (Lockheed Martin) F-16D+ (F-16D Block 52+ Version) Fighting Falcon jets started flying out of Rockhampton Airport as the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2023 (XWB23) hit top gear.

A number of local plane spotters and other curious onlookers were on hand as only two flights went out to the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) and back to Rockhampton Airport - but via some diversion training down to RAAF Base Amberley and back.

The three F-16s that took to the air were '662' which used the radio callsign of "Hydra".

As well as '665' and '679' which used the radio callsign of "Trooper".

All three F-16s returned almost together as one flights during the very late afternoon.

It is anticipated that further flights by the F-16s will continue each day this week!

Meanwhile, other RSAF action, also on Monday 25 September, included the deployed C-130H Hercules transport aircraft '733' again completed sorties to and from the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) using the radio callsign of "Rider".

While a pair of RSAF Boeing CH-47F Chinook helicopters flew out of Rockhampton Airport and 'Warriors Camp' adjacent to Rockhampton Airport as "Celtic".

And finally, on Sunday 24 September, two pairs of RSAF Boeing AH-64D Apache helicopters flew out of Rockhampton Airport and back as "Atom" and "Avon".

As shown, they made a spectacular arrival back at Rockhampton Airport right on dusk.

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Sincere thanks to the local plane spotters for sharing with us these great photos! 

Photos taken by Daniel Bishop, John Lee and Ash Burggraaff  ©️

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