Far North Queensland Skies Cairns and Townsville Airport, Australia

Far North Queensland Skies Cairns and Townsville Airport, Australia

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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

China Southern Inaugural Service from Guangzhou

China Southern Airlines commenced year round services from Guangzhou to Cairns today operated by an Airbus A330-300.

CSN333/334 B8358 A333 CAN-CNS-CAN

B8358 A333 at Cairns.

B8358 A333 at Cairns.

B8358 A333 at Cairns.



Thursday, 30 November 2017

FNQ Yestayear Images - November 1996

Yesteryear Nov 1996

 POTUS visit




The major activity for November was the U.S Presidential visit to Port Douglas. With the stopover of President Clinton on the 22nd following his visit to Canberra, the Presidential circus arrived in FNQ. Earlier in the week prior there was numerous flights into Cairns of C-141 Starlifters and C-5 Galaxy’s of AMC plus a Special Air Mission (SAM) VC-137 (27000) bringing in secret service equipment, secure mobile communication suites, vehicles and a Presidential VH-60N chopper.


Both VC-25’s of SAM were in use (29000 as AF1) and 28000. SAM Gulfstream C-20B (60403) acted as the ‘hot ship’ used by the Secret Service, plus as an emergency ‘egress’ aircraft for POTUS, it parks remote and remains fully fuelled with APU running alternating with ground power.


As is usual a team of Special Operations personnel are in attendance and  utilise the CH-53D Stallion helicopter, four of which were deployed  from Hawaii, 157133/02 of HMH-362, 157741/07 (YH) 157742/09 (YH) both of HMH-463 plus 157135/04 (unknown unit).  Interestingly, the VH-60N 163261 ‘Whitehawk’ was re-assembled in the former Ansett hangar at GA where the image was taken, it is operated by HMX-1 and uses c/s Marine 1 when POTUS is on board.


Special Air Mission (SAM) VC-137 (27000)


The White House press corps travelled on AF1 while media not sponsored for travel on the former used a Northwest DC-10-30 (N228NW) for its transport.




A memorable week at the Cairns Airport.


CH-53D Stallion helicopter's

VH-60N 163261 ‘Whitehawk’




Thanks to the late GAFLIKS for providing this Yestayear report.

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Air North Embraer EMB-120 Brasília VH-ANN

Noted operating into Cairns today was VH-ANN Embraer EMB-120.
Service operated was Darwin-Groote Is.-Cairns return as ANO952/953.

VH-ANN E120 at Cairns.

Vistajet Global Express 9H-VJL arrives

VJT840 9H-VJL GLEX Hong Kong-Cairns

9H-VJL GLEX at Cairns.

Qantas "Fitzy & Wippa Take You to Movie World" decals on VH-XZP

Noted at Cairns yesterday was Qantas Boeing 737-800 VH-XZP wearing decals "Fitzy & Wippa Take You to Movie World".

VH-XZP B738 at Cairns.



Sunday, 26 November 2017

TVPX Aircraft Solutions Inc. Trustee Gulfstream 650 G650ER N559FF

N559FF GLF6 Cairns-Sydney, was Nanjing-Cairns 25/11/2017

N559FF GLF6 at Cairns.

Global Express N416BD departs

N416BD GLEX Cairns-Papeete, was Sydney-Cairns 25/11/2017

N416BD GLEX at Cairns.

N416BD GLEX at Cairns.

Friday, 24 November 2017

Sino Jet Boeing 737-700 P4-SJM

P4-SJM B737 Cairns-Beijing, was Melbourne-Cairns 23/11/2017

P4-SJM B737 at Cairns.

P4-SJM B737 at Cairns.

P4-SJM B737 at Cairns.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

German Air Force Airbus A310-304 10+23 returns

GAF384 10+23 A310 Noumea-Cairns-Singapore

10+23 A310 at Cairns Airport.

10+23 A310 at Cairns Airport.

10+23 A310 at Cairns Airport.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

New Tropic Air Twin Otter P2-TBM

Noted at Cairns 19/11/2017 new Tropic Air Twin Otter P2-TBM. Believed to be ex. P2-SWE South West Air.

P2-TBM DHC6 at Cairns.

Monday, 20 November 2017

German Air Force Airbus A310-304 10+23

GAF384 10+23 A310 Singapore-Cairns-Noumea

10+23 A310 at Cairns Airport.

10+23 A310 at Cairns Airport.
10+23 A310 at Cairns Airport.

Socata TBM-930 SP-TBM

SP-TBM TBM9 Cairns-Sydney-Christchurch, was Jabiru-Cairns 17/11/2017

SP-TBM TBM9 at Cairns.