Monday, August 27, 2018

Five RAAF Aircraft at Longreach Airport - New Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison Pops in on way to Quilpie

It was a busy day at Longreach Airport on Monday 27 August with no less than five Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aircraft calling in.  Brand new Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison reportedly flew in before he then headed to the South-West Queensland Channel Country town of Quilpie, to view first-hand the effects of the drought which is gripping many parts of Queensland and Australia.

A trio of RAAF Beech B350 Super King Air turboprop aircraft were first to land at Longreach Airport with A32-651 "Regent 43" landing from RAAF Base Amberley before a pair of unidentified Super King Airs flying as "Consort 43" and "Consort 44" both touched down from Townsville.

Then RAAF Boeing B737-7DF(BBJ) A36-002 looked to touch down at Longreach Airport, flying in direct from Sydney as "Wisdom 41".

Finally RAAF Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-002 touched down at Longreach Airport, flying in from Canberra as "Consort 38".

While the two bizjets stayed parked at Longreach Airport for the day, the three Super King Airs then departed to Quilpie.

They returned to Longreach Airport later in the day, and as the sun was setting, A36-002 "Wisdom 41" and A37-002 "Consort 38" both departed to Canberra, while two of the Super King Airs "Consort 43" and "Consort 44" departed back to Townsville. 

It is unclear what A32-651 "Regent 43" did!

Photo taken by Greg Weir  ©

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