Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Dassault Falcon 7X Bizjet A56-001 "Envoy 57" Calls into CQ Airports - Spotted at Hamilton Island Airport

On Wednesday 18 January, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Dassault Falcon 7X bizjet A56-001 was noted visiting a couple of Central Queensland Airports on what appeared to be a crew familiarisation / training flight.

The Falcon 7X bizjet, which is flown by the RAAF's VIP 34 Squadron, was flying as "Envoy 57", flew up from Canberra to Bundaberg Airport via a landing at Coffs Harbour.  After departing Bundy, A56-001 "Envoy 57" continued up to Hamilton Island Airport where it was photographed above landing for a short time on the ground.

It then departed up to Cairns where it completed more airwork before returning South and landing at Townsville where it appears to be staying for the night.

UPDATE!  On Thursday 19 January, A56-001 "Envoy 57" was back in CQ, flying down from Townsville to land at Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport.  It then continued further South and landed at Gladstone Airport.  From Gladstone Airport, A56-001 then departed to the Gold Coast and then back to Canberra.

As shown, A56-001 still wears additional decals to commemorate the RAAF's 100th anniversary.

Photo taken by Nick Sainsbury  ©️

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