As mentioned below, on Monday 16 December Australian Army Blackhawk A25-101 popped into Gladstone for a visit - at about the same time, QantasLink (Cobham Aviation) Boeing B717-200 VH-NXG was preparing for departure back to Brisbane as QJE1707.
On the other days this week, it is believed that a QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 turbo-prop aircraft may have also operated additional flights between Gladstone and Sydney.
Meanwhile, on the lighter side at Gladstone Airport, some frequent visitors to Central Queensland called in for a visit with Papam Cessna 402B VH-RLX and Shadforth's Civil Engineering Contractors Cessna 414A VH-SMX photographed on Monday 16 December and Tuesday 17 December respectively.
Also 1967-build Beech 35-C33 Debonair/Bonanza VH-DEY was spotted on Tuesday 17 December, rounding out a nice day of General Aviation (GA) types at Gladstone.
On Thursday 19 December, yet more interesting GA aircraft were spotted by Jamie and Tash with 1961-build Piper PA-24-250 VH-MCD departing for parts unknown. Interesting in that there is a sizeable metal plate on the port-side of its fuselage.
And Cessna 210 VH-ELS was captured at Gladstone visiting from its Redcliffe base.
Also on Thursday 19 December, Jamie and Tash also captured a couple of interesting helicopters with Turner Aviation (of Bowral in New South Wales) Aerospatiale AS.350BA VH-SWH of passing through.
Also Aerospatiale AS.355F1 VH-HRU of McDermott Aviation was captured arriving into Gladstone after seemingly completing an aerial spraying flight.
Thanks to Jamie and Tash for their continuing coverage of a truly great week of plane spotting action at Gladstone Airport so far this week!
At the time of writing (Friday morning) there is a lot more in store at Gladstone Airport with multiple Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) movements scheduled over the next couple of days, along with the possibility of some larger aircraft being substituted on some scheduled RPT services into the industrial city.
Stay tuned to the CQ Plane Spotting for the all latest and great photos and news from CQ!
Photos taken by Jamie C and Tash C ©
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