As was widely publicised, on Saturday 15 July, four United States Air Force (USAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III transport aircraft flew in formation from RAAF Base Richmond in New South Wales into Williamson Airfield in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area, via a low-level coastal run up the Southern and Central Queensland coast.
Sadly for most keen observers, the four Globemaster were mere 'dots just above horizon' as they passed the larger coastal centres of Hervey Bay, Bundaberg and Gladstone (pictured below) at low level but at their predicted 2kms off the coast.
However in some of the smaller parts of the CQ coast at Agnes Water and Rules Beach, some spectacular videos have been shared (like the one below from Agnes Water) showing the massive C-17s passing only metres away from the coastline - what a sight and sound!
After eventually passing Gladstone, the four C-17s then entered Rockhampton airspace and were made to climb to 6000ft as they were then spotted overflying Rocky from East to West before they headed North to a position near Saint Lawrence to hold before entering Shoalwater Bay.
Later, all four USAF C-17s were then heard departing Williamson Airfield and returning to Richmond all separately.
As we reported below, the four USAF C-17s were involved with the mass parachute drop for TS17 on Thursday 13 July with more than 300 US and Canadian paratroopers parachuting into drop zone Kapyong at Williamson Airfield. They had travelled some 11,000 miles and 14 hours in the back of four USAF and one RAAF C-17A Globemaster transport aircraft.
The USAF C-17s involved with the fly-over on Saturday with the parachute drop were identified as 07-7181 "Reach 761", 10-0214 "Reach 762", 08-8197 "Reach 763" and 08-8192 "Reach 764".
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Photos and video taken by Michael Fleetwood, Cathy Thomasson, Neil Richardson and Daniel Bishop ©