As we posted below, Winton, in the Central West of Queensland, was the place to be with the grand opening of the new Waltzing Matilda Centre on Friday 20 April which also incorporated the four-day 'Way Out West Fest' music festival.
Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 jet VH-NKQ has been busy over the last couple of days ferrying singers and entertainers in and out of the town. It initially arrived into Winton Airport from Brisbane late on Thursday 19 April on a closed charter flight as UTY582. Then early on Saturday 21 April, VH-NKQ departed Winton for Longreach Airport as UTY583. It then continued to Brisbane again as UTY583. Later in the day, VH-NKQ was then noted returning to Winton as UTY586.
Then on Sunday 22 April, VH-NKQ was then to return to Brisbane again via Longreach Airport. It is pictured arriving into Longreach Airport from Winton as UTY587.
However, it is believed that VH-NKQ suffered and engineering issue and was grounded at Longreach Airport. Consequently, Alliance Airlines positioned the larger Fokker F-100 VH-XWN from Townsville to Longreach Airport as UTY991. VH-XWN is pictured departing Longreach Airport a little later as UTY587 for Brisbane.
VH-XWN then positioned back to Townsville as UTY992.
While VH-NKQ eventually departed back to Brisbane empty as UTY993.
Finally, it's worth noting that another Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100 jet completed a charter flight into and out of Emerald Airport also over the weekend. VH-UQW was noted arriving into Emerald Airport from Cairns as UTY3381 during the middle of the day on Saturday 21 April. It later made a very late night departure back to Cairns as UTY3382. It is believed that VH-UQW brought the Cairns-based Northern Pride Rugby League team to Emerald to take on the Central Queensland (CQ) Capras in the latest round of the Queensland Rugby League (QRL) Intrust Super Cup.
Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Greg W for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!
All photos taken by Greg Weir ©