The exodus of personnel and equipment is well underway from Rockhampton after a very successful Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011.
Qantas B767-300 VH-OGE was in twice Thursday 28/7 - it flew SYD-ROK-DRW-ROK-ADL
On Friday 29/7 Rockhampton had another Qantas charter - this time A330-300 VH-QPA flew ???-ROK-MEL. Later Air Nauru B737-300 VH-INU also popped into Rockhampton to take troops home.
A World Airways MD-11 is expected this week to take to US personnel home.
On the military side, Sea Kings N16-125 ("Shark 10") and N16-239 ("Shark 21") departed to South - and home.
There are also five Kiowas still at Rocky, and two Blackhawks.
RAAF C-17s are expected this week to transport the Eurocopter EC665 Tiger helicopters out.
Some photos from the last couple of days are on the CQ Plane Spotting Blog - http://cqplanespotting.blogspot.com/
Oh and PS - the Air Force officer who was badly injured in the portaloo explosion earlier in the week is still seriously ill in a Brisbane hospital. Investigations are continuing, but it is believed he may have been involved in a fuel spill earlier in the day, and then lit a cigarette in the portaloo. Speculation only.
Hope he make a speedy and full recovery.