'Unusual visitors': USAF VTOL aircraft touch down in Ipswich
THIRTY thousand defence personnel have been involved in a major military operation across Queensland during the past three weeks, as part of Exercise Talisman Sabre.
While most of the action has been up north, the entire exercise involving the US defence forces, wouldn't be possible without the support of staff and infrastructure at RAAF Base Amberley.
Anyone who keeps an eye on the sky or has an interest in the aircraft moving in and out of Amberley would have noticed some more unusual visitors.
One of those is the United State Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft.
It's like helicopter and airplane mixed together with amazing capabilities including taking off vertically and travelling much faster than a helicopter.
Did you see a white 'passenger jet' travelling over Ipswich?
It was actually a refuelling tanker.
Group Captain Glen Braz is in charge of the air assets at Amberley.
He said it is one of a few impressive visitors, as part of the biennial Talisman Sabre exercise, and that the entire exercise had showed the significance of Amberley as a base.
"RAAF Base Amberley is obviously a very capable asset and the local community should be proud to have it here," CAPT Braz said. "We have US personnel visiting here and they love it."