An (at that time) unusual dark grey C-130J-30 of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The RAAF started to repaint their twelve fleet strong C-130Js in 2007, and had finished the repainting programme by August 2017. The C-130J was first introduced into RAAF service in 1999, featuring a light grey camouflage scheme. The current two-tone dark grey scheme was introduced in 2007, reflecting the Hercules' shifting focus to tactical airlift operations. The dozen Js are flown by 37 Squadron out of RAAF Base Richmond.
A Sikorsky S-61A, once designated in Royal Canadian Air Force service as CHSS-2 pre 1970, and post 1970 as CH-124A, is seen here parked at Minhad (UAE). The Sea King belonged to HS 406 as can be seen by the large badge on the front end of the engine bay. The squadron sports a jumping Lynx in its badge and has the motto "We kill by Night". The whole mighty Sea King fleet of the RCAF were eventually phased out in December 2018. The current (2019) whereabouts of this 406 is not known.
The Transport Wing of the UAEAF is based at Abu Dhabi/ Dubai International Airport. The wing commands 4 squadron (also named the C-130 squadron) and is operating with L-100s, C-130Hs, C-130H-30, C-130Js as well as the CN235, C295 and the huge C-17A. This 1217 is former ZS-JIY and was seen at the Safair paintshop at Johannesburg when it received an UAEAF paint scheme in October 2009.