Friday, June 16, 2017

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing 737-700 (BBJ) A36-002 visits Central Queensland

Presumably on a crew training sortie, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing 737-700 (BBJ) A36-002 visited a number of ports in Central Queensland this week including an overnight stay at the north Queensland city of Townsville.

Departing Canberra on Wednesday, 14 June, A36-002 visited Coffs Harbour, Bundaberg and Hamilton Island before ending the day at Townsville.

On Thursday, 15 June, the VIP configured jet departed Townsville for it's return journey to Canberra, making stops at Mackay, Gladstone and Gold Coast along the way.

While at Bundaberg, local planespotter Micah S captured the Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) landing at the rum city, and reports a missed-approach was conducted before touching-down a few minutes later.

Operated by No.34 Squadron at Canberra Airport, ACT, the Royal Australian Air Force accepted delivery of two long-term leased Boeing 737-7DT's / BBJ's (A36-001 & A36-002) as VIP aircraft in 2002.

Boeing Business Jets are primarily 737 airframes (although other Boeing models are available) encorporating modifications that include the fitment of facilities such as conference suites, tables and seats aswell as secure satellite and communication capabilities.

Additionally, other enhancements include blended winglets for improved fuel economy, self-contained stairs and additional fuel tanks to allow intercontinental range.

Photo's contributed by Micah S.