Thursday, July 20, 2017

Ex Talisman Saber 2017 - United States Air Force (USAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III 05-5147 Touches Down at Rockhampton Airport

But it wasn't only the helicopters that were the highlights during a great day of military aircraft action on Thursday 20 July as arriving into Rockhampton Airport just as the sun was setting was the welcom sight of United States Air Force (USAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III 05-5147.  The massive transport aircraft touched down from the North as "Trek 951" and soon afdter was parked on Gate 6 on the Southern end of the Rockhampton Airport parking apron wehre it was promptly unloaded.













The C-17 was closed up and shut down suggesting that it was to spend the night.


UPDATE!  After spending the night, on Friday 21 July, 05-5146 departed to Kadena Air Base in Japan.  Stay tuned for more great photos!

Meanwhile, it's worth noting that over the course of this week, a couple of other American Armed Forces aircraft have made more visits to Rockhampton Airport as joint Military Exercise Talisman Saber 2017 (TS17) continues.

United States Air Force (USAF) Dornier C-146A (Dornier 328-120) 12-3047 "Magma 01" visited Rocky on Monday 17 July and again on Tuesday 18 July.

While two of the United States Army (US Army) (US Army Reserve Command) Beech C-12V Huron (Beech B200 King Air) aircraft based at Townsville continue to make regular trips into Rockhampton Airport - and Shoalwater Bay!  The aircraft were 95-00091 "Pat 91" and 95-00092 "Pat 92" with the latter spotted departing Rockhampton Airport for Townsville late on Thursday 20 July.


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

All photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©

Ex Talisman Saber 2017 - United States Marine Corps (USMC) Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion Helicopter Pops into Rockhampton

Perhaps the other highlight during a spectacular day of military helicopter action around Rockhampton in association with joint Military Exercise Talisman Saber 2017 (TS17) on Thursday 20 July was the first (and perhaps only) visit into Rockhampton of a United States Marine Corps (USMC) Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter.


The massive helicopter was spotted departing from 'Camp Rocky' - the Australian Army Defence Support Group (DSG) camp adjacent to Rockhampton Airport.










The Super Stallion was identified as 162525 / YF-01 of the Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462 (HMH-462) "Heavy Haulers".  The squadron, is based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California and falls under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 16 (MAG-16) and the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (3rd MAW).


During its brief visit, the CH-53E Super Stallion was believed to be using the radio callsign of "Mobius 31".

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Daniel B for again being at the right place at the right time and capturing and sending through these great photos!

All photos taken by Daniel Bishop  ©

Ex Talisman Saber 2017 - United States Marine Corps (USMC) Bell Boeing MV-22B Osprey 168224 / EP-14 Pops Back into Rockhampton Twice Again!

One of highlights during a spectacular day of military helicopter action around Rockhampton in association with joint Military Exercise Talisman Saber 2017 (TS17) on Thursday 20 July was the return of the unique sight and sound of a United States Marine Corps (USMC) Bell Boeing MV-22B Osprey tilt-rotar aircraft.










After making a couple of visits to Rocky late last week and over the weekend, on Thursday, the Osprey was spotted making two visits into Rockhampton, calling in for a short time on both occasions at 'Camp Rocky' - the Australian Army Defence Support Group (DSG) camp adjacent to Rockhampton Airport.
















The Osprey was identified as 168224 / EP-14 of the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (VMM-265) "Dragons", which is part of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing.  It was heard to heard to use the radio callsign of "Puff 61" during both of its visits to Rockhampton.







As with its previous visits to 'Camp Rocky', the Osprey was on the ground for only a short time before it departed towards the North-East.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotters Kayanne H and Daniel for again being at the right place at the right time and capturing and sending through these great photos!

Photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman and Daniel Bishop  ©