Friday, February 8, 2019

Corporate Air / Vee H Aviation Metro 23 VH-VEU Pops into Longreach Airport - Plus More!

On Friday 8 February, Corporate Air / Vee H Aviation Metro 23 VH-VEU was noted visiting Longreach Airport.  It looked to be operating a closed charter flight and arrived from Brisbane via Winton.

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After taking on fuel, VH-VEU returned to Brisbane.

Also noted visiting Longreach Airport, also on Friday 8 February, was Nautilus Aviation Bell Helicopter Textron Canada 412EP helicopter VH-ZVP which arrived from Townsville as "Helitack 421".

It is unclear if it departed, however it would seem that both aircraft mentioned here, visited in support of the major flooding now affecting North-West parts of the State.

Meanwhile, noted visiting Mackay Airport, also early on Friday 8 February, was the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) (State of Queensland) Textron Aviation (Cessna) 208B Caravan VH-PQX.  It arrived from and later departed back to Townsville.  I presume it transported additional police personnel to the flood affected region.

Finally, further in response to the growing flood crisis, Australian Defence Force (ADF) helicopters have been noted providing air-drops of fuel and other resources with an Australian Army Boeing CH-47F 'Foxtrot' Chinook helicopter noted at Cloncurry Airport.  While a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III transport aircraft is expected to arrive into Mount Isa Airport as early as tonight from RAAF Base Amberley to provide a 'hay-drop' to affected farms.

Photo taken by Col B  ©

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