Monday, April 30, 2018

RAAF Challenger 604 Bizjet A37-002 Calls into Rockhampton Airport as "Regent 21"

On Monday 30 April, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-002 called into Rockhampton Airport.

It touched down at Rocky from RAAF Base Richmond in New South Wales.  The Challenger was noted to bring Federal Minister for Defence Marise Payne.

After some time on the ground at Rocky, A37-002 departed for Canberra.  A37-002 was noted using the radio callsign of "Regent 21".

Meanwhile, also on Monday 30 April, RAAF Airbus A330-200 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A39-002 "Dragon 34" was noted departing RAAF Base Amberley with it reportedly heading for Rockhampton to complete airwork.  Unfortunately though, A39-002 encountered a technical problem and turned back to Amberley.

Finally, after the sun had set on Monday 30 April, Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-023 "Destrier 69" was noted completing airwork around Bowen and Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airports on a flight from and back to Townsville.

Photo taken by 'IAD'  ©

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