In preparation for Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) "Exercise Wallaby 2015", there has been some very exciting heavy metal movements at Rockhampton Airport in recent days.
Beginning the wave of chartered aircraft, Antonov Airlines (Antonov Design Bureau) AN-124-100 UR-82029 made an early morning arrival at Rockhampton Airport from Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore on Saturday, September 26.
After offloading a pair of Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing CH-47SD Chinook helicopters, the Antonov departed back to Singapore in the very early hours of Sunday, September 27.
Singapore Airlines Airbus A330-300 9V-SSH was next to follow with the twin-engined airliner operating Changi Airport, Singapore to Rockhampton and return as SIA8931 / 8932 on Sunday, September 27 and again Monday, September 28.
Adding to the excitement for planespotters and aviation enthusiasts alike, Air New Zealand Boeing 767-300ER ZK-NCI ferried from Auckland to Singapore as ANZ6001 on Tuesday, September 29, before operating a charter service to Rockhampton as ANZ1940.
On the ramp for only a relatively short time, ZK-NCI continued onwards to Auckland as ANZ6002.
Finishing the first wave of heavy metal expected to make an appearance at Rockhampton Airport in support of Exercise Wallaby 2015 over the next two months, Antonov Airlines (Antonov Design Bureau) AN-124-100 UR-82029 returned to Rockhampton from Paya Lebar Air Base on Wednesday, September 30.
Touching down during the very early hours of the day, the Antonov will offload a number of Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing AH-64D Apache helicopters before returning to Singapore.
All photo's by Phil Munsel Photography and depict Antonov Airlines AN-124-100 UR-82008 at Rockhampton Airport in October 2014.