The photo shows an unspecified portion of the New South Wales shore, the blue water that gently strokes it and the blue sky that hangs over it, but also a massive transport/tanker airplane, banking right into the scenery as if it belongs there.
The massive airplane was captured in this stance as it took part in a joint USAF-RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force) exercise, Teak Action 21. It may be the same one we’ve seen earlier in the month, putting on a show for the airmen of the two countries.
To be honest, in whatever posture or scenery the MC-130J Air Commando II is seen, it sure is an impressive sight. Derived from the C-130, this winged machine came to be in 2011 at the hands of Lockheed Martin.
It is powered by four Rolls-Royce turboprop engines that develop 4,591 shaft horsepower of thrust, and can fly for as much as 3,000 miles (4,800 km) on a single outing.
The thing was specifically designed to carry heavy loads, being officially designated as multimission combat transport/special operations tanker. With a take-off weight of 64,000 pounds (74,400 kg), the airplane can move a 42,000 pounds payload (19,000 kg) at an altitude of 28,000 feet (8.5 km).