Far North Queensland Skies Cairns and Townsville Airport, Australia

Far North Queensland Skies Cairns and Townsville Airport, Australia

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Tuesday 31 December 2013

FNQ Yestayear Images - December 1992

Compass decorated VH-LNK with some festive colour for the Xmas holidays.

Meantime down in TSV, Operation Toga Coare (see last month) builds up withtwo more participants arriving during December in the form of the pair of NOAA's WP-3D's modified Orions, N42RF and N43RF.  They joined up with the NCAR Electra on a mission in the Coral and Solomon Sea's mid month, where GAFLICKS was lucky to catch all three on the ground at Honiara's Henderson Field mid month.  The NOAA P-3's also carry 'Dept of Commerce' endorsement on their roof.  Note mission symbol's on N43RF's rear fuselage and also flags of nations where they have operated.

As the operation gets up to speed, further participants will be posted in January's Yestayear.

Thanks to GAFLIKS for providing this Yestayear report.
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Jetstar's 2nd 787 arrives in the North!

JST7993 VH-VKB B788 Melbourne-Cairns

VH-VKB B788 at Cairns.

Monday 30 December 2013

FlyJock LLC N734TJ Gulfstream 1159A

N734TJ GLF3 Hamilton Is.-Cairns-Sydney

N734TJ GLF3 at Cairns.

Sunday 29 December 2013

Lynden Air Cargo C-130 N403LC

LYC910 N403LC C130 Brisbane-Alice Springs-Karratha-Cairns

N403LC C130 at Cairns.

Korean Air NY Charters begin

KAL9127/3128 HL7492 B744 Narita-Cairns-Narita

HL7492 B744 at Cairns.

Saturday 28 December 2013

Marcplan Charter Hawker 800XP VH-MEP

VH-MEP H25B Cairns-Sydney-Essendon, was Essendon-Queenstown-Cairns 26/12/2013 and Cairns-Adelaide-Cairns 27/12/2013.

VH-MEP H25B at Cairns.

Monday 23 December 2013

Recent Pictures from the West!

Thanks to Dave for sharing some of these iconic pictures from Cloncurry and Mt Isa.

Cloncurry Airport, Photo by Dave.

VH-ZPG E190 at Mt Isa, Photo by Dave.

VH-QQL DH8A at Mt Isa, Photo by Dave.

Sunday 22 December 2013

Challenger CL-600 VP-CCE

TBJ12 VP-CCE CL60 Hong Kong-Cairns-Coolangatta

VP-CCE CL60 at Cairns.

VP-CCE CL60 at Cairns.

Curtain Bros Beech 1900 VH-VPZ rolls out of the paint shop

VH-VPZ Beech 1900 was noted at Cairns yesterday in a new scheme ex. the paint shop.

VH-VPZ B190 at Cairns.

Saturday 21 December 2013

Tropicair Kingair P2-JAU

P2-JAU BE20 Port Moresby-Cairns-Port Moresby

P2-JAU BE20 at Cairns.

Falcon 7X N163FJ

N163FJ FA7X Cairns-Hong Kong, was Xingcheng-Cairns 20/12/2013

Friday 20 December 2013

China United Airlines CRJ-700 B-4062

B4062 CRJ7 Essendon-Cairns-Darwin

B-4062 CRJ7 at Cairns.

Cheyenne P2-OMH

P2-OMH PAY2 Mt Hagen-Cairns-Mt Hagen

P2-OMH PAY2 at Cairns.

Wednesday 18 December 2013

Sunday 15 December 2013

Airlines PNG Dash 8 P2-MCH ferries to PNG

P2-MCH DH8A Cairns-Port Moresby-Kiunga-Daru-Port Moresby, was Port Moresby-Cairns 15/11/2013 as CG100.

File Picture - P2-MCN DH8A at Cairns.

Saturday 14 December 2013

Royal Malaysian Air Force BBJ returns

RMF420 M53-01 B737 Perth-Cairns-Brisbane

M53-01 B737 at Cairns.

M53-01 B737 at Cairns.

Hevilift Twin Otter P2-KSP

P2-KSP DHC6 Mt Hagen-Horn Is.-Cairns

P2-KSP DHC6 at Cairns.

Friday 13 December 2013

Hevilift Twin Otter P2-KSU

P2-KSU DHC6 Cairns-Horn Is.-Mt Hagen

P2-KSU is believed to be one of the ex. Airlines PNG Twin Otters either P2-MCE or P2-MCD which both ferried to Cairns in early November.

P2-KSU DHC6 at Cairns.

Thursday 12 December 2013

Mendoowoorrji comes to the North!

QFA782/649 VH-XZJ B738 Brisbane-Cairns-Brisbane, painted in the new Mendoowoorrji scheme.

VH-XZJ B738 at Cairns.

VH-XZJ B738 at Cairns.

VH-XZJ B738 at Cairns.

VH-XZJ B738 at Cairns.

Wednesday 11 December 2013

Tropicair Kingair P2-JON

P2-JON BE20 Port Moresby-Cairns-Port Moresby

P2-JON BE20 at Cairns.

Royal Malaysian Air Force BBJ

RMF420 M53-01 B737 Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah-Cairns-Perth

Tuesday 10 December 2013

Saudi Special Flight Services Gulfstream IV HZ-AFY departs!

SVA7526 HZ-AFY GLF4 Cairns-Jakarta, diverted to Darwin. Earlier today conducted a test flight Cairns-Cairns.

HZ-AFY GLF4 at Cairns.

Our Airline B737-300 VH-INU

ASY1110 VH-INU B733 Darwin-Cairns-Nauru-Cairns-Darwin-Brisbane

VH-INU B733 at Cairns.

Learjet 45 N113RX

N113RX LJ45 Cairns-Ambon-Manila, was Sydney-Cairns 9/12/2013.

Thursday 5 December 2013

Wednesday 4 December 2013

Polet Airlines Antonov 124 returns

POT4714 RA82068 A124 Rockhampton-Cairns-Paya Lebar Air Base

RA-82068 A124 at Cairns, Photo by GAFLIKS.

RA-82068 A124 at Cairns.

RA-82068 A124 at Cairns.

RA-82068 A124 at Cairns, Photo by GAFLIKS.

RA-82068 A124 at Cairns.

RA-82068 A124 at Cairns.

Donghui Group ERJ-135 B-3099

B-3099 E135 Cairns-Osborne Mine-Brisbane, was Manila-Cairns 03/12/2013.

B3099 E135 at Cairns.

Sunday 1 December 2013

Saudi Special Flight Services Gulfstream IV HZ-AFY

SVA7526 HZ-AFY GLF4 Auckland-Cairns

HZ-AFY GLF4 at Cairns

RNZAF B757 NZ7572

KIW946 NZ7572 B752 Townsville-Whenuapai, was Christchurch-Townsville 30/11/2013

NZ7572 B752 at Townsville, Photo by Leroy.

Qantas Airbus A330 drops-in!

QFA98 VH-QPD A333 Hong Kong-Cairns and continued onto Brisbane

Twin Otter P2-KSQ ferry flight

P2-KSQ DHC6 Cairns-Honiara

19/11/2013 operated Mt Hagen-Horn Is.-Cairns

P2-KSQ DHC6 at Cairns.

Saturday 30 November 2013

FNQ Yestayear Images - November 1992

At Cairns the pickings were slim again with the only item of note was the replacing of Air Vanuatu's B727-200 with a B737-400 (VH-TJI), seen here on the 11th, its first visit, operating an Australian Airlines service.

However the more interesting news was the commencement of Operation Toga Coare from RAAF Townsville which was to last from mid November to February 1993.  Toga Coare (Tropical Ocean Global Atmosphere - Coupled Atmospheric Response Experiment), is an unique experiment, internationally supported by 15 nations including the American's NCAR (National Council for Atmospheric Research), NOAA (National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration), NASA (North American Space Agency) and the UK's RAE (Royal Aircraft Establishment).  The first aircraft to arrive in November was the NCAR's much modified Lockheed 188 Electra N308D.  Note gust probe on nose shot.  Further arrivals for Operation Toga Coare will be included in Decembers and January's yestayear.

At Townsville Royal Brunei B767-200 V8-RBE operated charters for Travel Bug during the month.