Far North Queensland Skies Cairns and Townsville Airport, Australia

Far North Queensland Skies Cairns and Townsville Airport, Australia

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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. 

Polet Airlines Antonov 124 passes through

POT4712 RA82068 A124 Rockhampton-Cairns-Paya Lebar Air Base

See Pacific Airwaves Blog, Trip Report Japan - Naha Airport ROAH/OKA Part 3


Friday, 29 November 2013

Airwork B737-300 departs

AWK737 ZK-SLA B733 Townsville-Brisbane

Also arriving was HS-WEH GLF5 Bangkok (Don Muang)-Townsville.

File Picture - ZK-SLA B733

RNZAF B757 NZ7572

KIW946 NZ7572 B752 Townsville-Whenuapai, was Christchurch-Townsville 28/11/2013

NZ7572 B752 at Townsville, Photo by Dave.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Virgin Australia's Inaugural flight into Cloncurry

Today Virgin Australia commenced services from Brisbane to Cloncurry using a Embraer 190. Flight was operated by VH-ZPD as VA436.

Photographs below by Dave of this historic day in Cloncurry.

Northwest Star article: http://www.northweststar.com.au/story/1937351/virgins-new-service-puts-cloncurry-on-a-high/?cs=191

VH-ZPD E190 arriving at Cloncurry, Photo by Dave.

VH-ZPD E190 at Cloncurry, Photo by Dave.

VH-ZPD E190 at Cloncurry, Photo by Dave.

Niugini Aviation Pacific Aerospace 750XL P2-RNB

P2-RNB P750 Archerfield-Cairns-Port Moresby

was Kerikeri-Norfolk Is.- Lord Howe Is.-Archerfield 25/11/2013

P2-RNB P750 at Cairns.

Airwork B737-300 ZK-SLA

AWK737 ZK-SLA B733 Cairns-Townsville,  was Williamtown-Cairns 24/11/2013

ZK-SLA B733 at Cairns

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Bolkow 105 ZK-HMR

Arriving this morning from the south in Cairns was a Bolkow 105 ZK-HMR.

ZK-HMR B105 at Cairns.

Air New Zealand A320 ZK-OXC delivery

ANZ6399 ZK-OXC A320SL Singapore-Cairns-Auckland, arrived 25/11 and departed 26/11

ZK-OXC A320 at Cairns.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

RAAF C-17 departs to the Philippines

ASY702 A41-211 C17 Townsville-Mactan Cebu

A41-211 C17 at Townsville, Photo by Leroy.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Donghui Group ERJ-135 B-3099

B-3099 E135 Cairns-Brisbane, was Manila-Cairns 20/11/2013.

B-3099 E135 at Cairns.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Asia Jet Gulfstream IV N688TF

N688TF GLF4 Hong Kong-Cairns-Brisbane

N688TF GLF4 at Cairns.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Jetstar 787 starts RPT operations

Jetstar's new B787 began RPT (Regular Public Transport) operations from Cairns today.

JST944/JST947 VH-VKA B788 Melbourne-Cairns-Melbourne

VH-VKA B788 at Cairns.

USAF SOF C-32B 00-9001 departs

COMBO72 00-9001 C32B Cairns-Kwajalein

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Monday, 11 November 2013

Falcon 900EX G-SIRO departs

G-SIRO F900 Cairns-Bankstown

Coming Up soon on Pacific Airwaves Blog!


Coming up soon on Pacific Airwaves blog will be a Trip Report from Japan including Itami Airport, Kansai Airport, Naha Airport/Base and Kadena AFB.


83-0009 E-3 Sentry at Kadena AFB, Okinawa.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Qantas Link B-717 VH-NXG

VH-NXG B717 departed Townsville today as QF6200 for Brisbane after visiting the paint shop. VH-NXG arrived back on the 22/10/2013 from Perth.

VH-NXG B717 at Townsville, Photo by Leroy.

Bell 205 P2-HBY heads south

P2-HBY B205 was Cairns-Townsville today.

P2-HBY B205 at Townsville, Photo by Leroy.

RNZAF B-757 at Townsville

KIW933 NZ7571 B752 Townsville-Christchurch

NZ7571 B752 at Townsville, Photo by Leroy.

Falcon 900EX G-SIRO

G-SIRO F900 Seletar-Cairns

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Special scheme on Qantas B738 for the Cricket Ashes Tour!

VH-VXA B738 operated thru Cairns today displaying its special scheme for the upcoming Cricket Ashes Series.

VH-VXA B738 at Cairns.

VH-VXA B738 at Cairns.

Bell 205 P2-HBY

P2-HBY Bell 205 noted at Cairns.

P2-HBY B205 at Cairns.