Thursday, November 8, 2018

Multiple RAAF Corporate Bizjets Call into CQ Airports as Prime Minister Scott Morrison Comes to Town This Week

This post has been written and updated over the course of this week...

This week, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison completed a highly publicised tour of several Federal Government seats in Queensland, including some in Central Queensland.  He was to complete the tour by bus - the 'Sco Mo Express'- although on Tuesday 6 November, he was noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport for an engagement on board one of the Royal Australian Air Force’s VIP aircraft!

A36-002 at Mackay Airport recently  (File photo)

RAAF Boeing B737-7DF(BBJ) A36-002 was noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from the Sunshine Coast as "Regent 66" with PM Morrison on board.  The BBJ then departed to Canberra.

Then, early on Wednesday 7 November, RAAF Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-002 was also noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport, also from Canberra.  It departed to Bendigo in Victoria a couple of hours later.  A37-002 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Regent 68".

And fellow RAAF Challenger 604 A37-001 was noted arriving into Mackay Airport from RAAF Base Amberley as "Envoy 55".  It later returned to Amberley.

Then during the afternoon on Wednesday 7 November, RAAF BBJ A36-002 returned to CQ touching down at Gladstone Airport from Canberra as "Wisdom 67".  It is believed to have picked up PM Morrison - who seemingly had bussed down from Rocky - and then departed to Townsville, again as "Wisdom 67".

Finally, on Thursday 8 November, A36-002 was noted flying into Mackay Airport from Townsville, again as "Wisdom 67".  PM Morrison was again on board.

With his engagements complete, he rejoined the BBJ and it departed Mackay Airport for Sydney.

What a week!

Photo taken by 'JM'  ©

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