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.



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