RAAF Roulettes pass through Central Queensland


With many different types and models of aircraft flying to Townsville to participate in the T150 Defence Force Air Show along ‘The Strand’ this past Saturday in Townsville, a number of Central Queensland and Fraser Coast Airports were busier than normal last week.

Among the more exciting movements was an overnight stay at Maryborough, followed by a fuel stop at Gladstone by seven Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft belonging to the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) elite formation aerobatic display team – The Roulettes.

Departing RAAF Base Amberley on Wednesday, October 12, the seven RAAF Roulettes aircraft (A23-006, A23-012, A23-025, A23-051, A23-058, A23-059 and A23-067) put on an aerial display at Brisbane, Redcliffe and Sunshine Coast before continuing to Maryborough where they performed another aerial display. This was made all-that-much-better a short while later when The Roulettes held a public meet and greet at Maryborough Aero Club.

After remaining overnight at Maryborough, The Roulettes made a mid-morning departure to Gladstone on Thursday,  and performed a brief aerial display above the airport before landing in quick succession of one another.

The purpose for the stop-over at Gladstone was to take onboard fuel, and when this was complete, the team departed for a direct flight to Townsville.

Of interest, The Roulettes form part of the RAAF Central Flying School (CFS) at RAAF Base East Sale, Victoria and reportedly perform approximately 150 flying displays a year in Australia and some South-East Asian countries.

 – Capricorn Plane Spotting & Air Queensland.blogspot