Making a stunning debut into Central Queensland on Monday 6 May was the recently delivered Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Dassault Falcon 7X bizjet A56-001.
It looked to touch down in the Rum City from RAAF Base Amberley, having earlier flown up from its home at RAAF Base Fairbairn in Canberra.
After a short time on the ground, A56-001 departed Bundaberg Airport and returned direct to Canberra. It was heard using the radio callsign of "Regent 43".
Of interest A56-001 is the first of three leased Dassault Falcon 7X bizjets acquired to replace the three Bombardier Challenger 604 bizjets currently operated by 34 Squadron. A56-001 arrived in Canberra from overseas in mid-April.
Meanwhile, another RAAF aircraft to (sort of) visit CQ, also on Monday 6 May, was Boeing P-8A Poseidon Maritime Surveillance Aircraft A47-002 which looked to complete airwork at Hamilton Island Airport while on flight from RAAF Base Edinburgh in south Australia to Townsville. It also looked to complete airwork at RAAF Base Amberley before heading to Hamo.
A47-002 was heard to be using the radio callsign of “Mariner 10”.
There has been a few recent 'visits' by RAAF P-8A Poseidon aircraft completing airwork at CQ Airports and it would be assumed that A47-002 will return to Edinburgh on Tuesday 7 May possibly via more.
Sincere thanks to the local plane spotters for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!
Photos taken by Isaac S ©