Sunday, September 25, 2016

Exercise Wallaby 2016 - Many Photos of RSAF Helicopters and F-15s at Rockhampton Airport Over the Weekend

With sincere thanks to the many local plane spotters comes some great photos from the weekend as the various Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) helicopters and aircraft flew various sorties from Rockhampton Airport and 'Warriors Camp' to the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) as a part of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2016.







Undoubtedly, the highlight continues to be the daytime and nighttime sorties flown by the RSAF Boeing F-15SG 'Shikra' Strike Eagles using the radio callsign "Shikra", "Eagle" and "Top Gun".





















As shown, they are currently completing sorties around the middle of the day and then again just after sunset - and they are likely to continue this pattern until the middle of this week.

RSAF Aerospatiale / Eurocopter AS332M Super Puma helicopters continue to fly from Rockhampton Airport to Shoalwater Bay also during the day as singles (using the callsign "Starling") or at night in formation (using the callsign "Diamond").



While both RSAF Boeing AH-64D Apache and Boeing CH-47SD Chinook helicopters also continue to operate daytime and nighttime sorties to Shoalwater Bay from and back to the Australian Army Defence Support Group (DSG) 'Camp Rocky' which is adjacent to Rockhampton Airport.  The RSAF has re-named the DSG as 'Warriors Camp' while they utilise the facility to launch and park their helicopters.






The Apaches have been heard using the callsigns "Astro" and "Atom", while the Chinooks continue to use the callsign "Cyclops" with the occasional flight as "Celtic".

Finally, after arriving late last week, RSAF Lockheed C-130H Hercules '733' commenced flying sorties to Shoalwater Bay over the weekend marking the start of the Herc's participation in Exercise Wallaby 2016.


Sincere thanks to the Rockhampton plane spotters for allowing us to share their awesome images from over the weekend -

Jason from J.M Photography - https://www.facebook.com/photographybyjasonm/

Daniel Bishop - https://www.instagram.com/danielbishopofficial/

Russell Prothero - https://mchalesnavy.smugmug.com/

Do yourself a favour and check even more of their work by clicking onto their websites!

Thanks guys!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Exercise Wallaby 2016 - Some Excellent Weekend Action at Rockhampton Airport incl RSAF C-130H Hercules '733'

On Saturday 24 September, local plane spotters Trevor H and Kayanne H popped out to Rockhampton Airport and captured some great photos as Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Lockheed C-130H Hercules '733' commenced flying sorties to the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) in support of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2016.



The Herc is one of six that are operated by the RSAF 122 Squadron out of Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore.  '733' was noted using the radio callsign of "Rider 18" and then "Rider 28" during its two morning flights from and back to Rockhampton Airport.







The Herc joined pretty much every RSAF helicopter in completing sorties to Shoalwater Bay on Saturday 24 September, as well as late-morning and early-evening sorties by the RSAF Boeing F-15SG 'Shikra' Strike Eagles.  One of the six F-15s was captured by local plane spotter Daniel B as it departed on an evening sortie late last week.




On Saturday 24 September, it was reported that one of F-15s had landing gear issues soon after its departure and returned immediately to Rockhampton Airport.

Finally, it is expected that Sunday 25 September will see another busy day of flying for the RSAF F-15s and helicopters that are presently deployed to Rocky and flying out of Rockhampton Airport and the nearby 'Warriors Camp'.

Stay tuned to the CQ Plane Spotting Blog for all the latest updates!

Sincere thanks to the Rocky plane spotters for their continuing coverage of the action from Exercise Wallaby 2016 at Rockhampton Airport!

Photos taken by Trevor Hardsman, Kayanne Hardsman and Daniel Bishop  ©

Friday, September 23, 2016

Exercise Wallaby 2016 - RSAF C-130H Hercules '733' Arrives at Rockhampton Airport - Plus Airborne Action Resumes over the Weekend!

On Friday 23 September, Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Lockheed C-130H Hercules '733' touched down at Rockhampton Airport as "Singa 9682" from Darwin.  I believe that this Herc could be staying and operating out of Rocky in support of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2016.

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Meanwhile, local plane spotter Ben O, who absolutely loves his military aircraft spotting, has kindly allowed us to share some of his great photos and a video of the RSAF Boeing F-15SG 'Shikra' Strike Eagles and Boeing CH-47SD Chinook helicopters captured at Rockhampton Airport during the previous week.












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After what was a quiet day with little or no other flying on Friday, it is expected that the aerial action associated with Exercise Wallaby 2016 will reach a crescendo over the next five days with day and night sorties by the F-15s, along with numerous sorties by the RSAF helicopters, expected to start from Saturday 24 September.

Stay tuned to the CQ Plane Spotting Blog for all the latest information - and some of the best photos and videos that I have seen of Exercise Wallaby 2016!

Sincere thanks to Ben O for allowing us to share his great photos and video!

All photos and video taken by Ben O'Dowd  ©