4 December 2006

C-17 at the airport

| johnboy
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For the plane-spotters out there…

The first of Australia’s C-17 Globermaster aircraft was due to arrive at Canberra Airport around 11.30 this morning. If anyone can snap a pic it would be much appreciated.

Broadly speaking (extremely broadly) a jet version of the Hercules, the C-17 is able to drag 72,000 kg into the sky which is handy as our new tanks weigh 70,000 kg and these things have been bought to lug the Abrams to pacific islands for the intimidation of whatever locals can be found there.

UPDATED: Thanks to Xpantz for coming through.

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The Roulette flying along side of it was to take aerial piccies.

Well the buzzing of Canberra caused a stir in our office – 3 laps of the lake/city.
Have some pics, but foolishly left the USB cable at home…
Nice touch having the Roulette fly in formation to underline the size of the mother ship.
Make that 4 laps – it just came around again.
And again – now they’re just wasting fuel.

10-11 we’ll be heading down to try and get a pic

The C17 is supposed to be doing a fly-by over the Lake this morning, just can’t find out when. Hope to snap a piccy out the office window…

The airport is visable from the road on 3 sides so hiding anything larger than a cessna in next to impossible.

I hope they have fixed the missing fence in the construction site near the old Fairbairn airforce base gates. Almost drove onto airside when the Antonov was in town as there was no bollards or fence to stop me.

ignorant of planespotters and their ways?

Say it aint so EQ? You? A fool?

equalitarian9:51 pm 04 Dec 06

Lucky you weren’t spotted taking the pics!
An intimidating interview with humourless, chunky blokes could have resulted, given the paranoid attitude of the big hardware store and it’s local bonsai deputy.

I watched it land. We had a major outage, but we all still stopped and watch.
Lots of traffic banked up along the road at the bottom of the runway. No picures, sorry.

Will not be long before we invite them to help fight fires in Australia. At least it will keep their firefighters out of the way. They are trained by Vic CFA and use ex CFA equipment.

Maybe we SHOULD be intimidating the miltary of a certain Pacific island…although the odd fotty match also seems to do a pretty good job at deferring rogue miltary actions. “Island time” they call it.

RAAF news –


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