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Excitement Overhead For Mackay Locals

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A flying display by a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-130J Hercules transport aircraft will be one of the many attractions at Mechanos Wings and Wheels in Mackay on Saturday.

Arriving over Mackay Airport at 3.10 pm, the Hercules will come around for a full-stop landing on the runway. It will then take off and fly a series of orbits and high speed passes before the crowd line.

Please note that this flypast is subject to variables including weather and operational availability, and may be subject to cancellation at short notice.

Mechanos Wings and Wheels will be held from 9 am until 4 pm, and will include a range of ground and airborne displays including aerobatic flying, warbirds, and the RAAF’s own Hercules.

The Hercules conducting the flying display is from No. 37 Squadron at RAAF Base Richmond in Sydney’s northwest.

Each Hercules is powered by four turboprop engines and can accommodate more than 100 passengers, or up to 20 tonnes of cargo.

It can airdrop vehicles, supplies and paratroops by parachute or alternatively fly aero-medical evacuation missions or wounded or sick patients.

The RAAF has a fleet of 12 Hercules, including a detachment of two aircraft deployed in the Middle East Region, supporting Australian Defence Force throughout the theatre.

Whilst the C-130J was introduced to RAAF service in 1999, generations of Defence personnel have operated and supported different models of the Hercules since December 1958.

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