Military behemoths fly in from Alaska
By LYNDAL GAWEN
TALISMAN Sabre picked up momentum yester- day with about 800 military personnel dropping in to take part in the exercise.
People visiting Rockhampton Airport, or flying over it, yesterday would have noticed six oversized C-17 Globemasters.
The six giant transport planes flew non-stop from Alaska each carrying 101 members of the Alaska-based 1st Battalion of the 501st Parachute Regiment.
On the 20-hour flight from Alaska to Austra- lia the planes had air- to-air refuelling.
The troops parachut- ed out of the aircraft when over Shoalwater Bay.
Joining in on the parachute drop was the Royal Australian Regiment, Holsworthy- based 3rd Battalion. The parachute drop exercise began at 1am yesterday.
It was completed about seven hours later.