Also on Tuesday 18 February, the Queensland Government Raytheon Hawker 850XP VH-SGY also touched down in the industrial city carrying Queensland Premier Campbell Newman.
Local media reported that the Premier was in town to join with Santos CEO David Knox, on a brief visit to nearby Curtis Island to mark the 75% completion milestone of the GLNG project.
The special visitors to Gladstone were ferried to their destination by air from Gladstone airport on board a pair of helicopters in the form of Agusta 206B VH-JZB and Eurocopter AS.355F2 VH-JZX.
Both choppers are operated by M.I. Helicopters at Roma, with VH-JZB ferrying in and later out to Roma, while VH-JZX flew in from and back to Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast. Once VH-JZB and VH-JZX returned to Gladstone, Premier Newman departed Gladstone on VH-SGY for Rockhampton.
Meanwhile VH-BMW departed back to Adelaide.
Mixed in with the special arrivals at Gladstone airport as well on Tuesday 18 February was Corporate Air / Vee H Aviation Metro 23 VH-VEK which arrived form the South early in the morning.
Sincere that to local plane spotters Jamie and Tash for sending through their excellent photos of a busy day at Gladstone!
Photos taken by Jamie and Tash ©