Friday, August 03, 2018

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing 737-700 (BBJ) A36-002 - Rockhampton Airport

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing 737-700 (BBJ) A36-002 was captured resting on the apron at Rockhampton Airport on Sunday 22 July 2018. 

Operating as Wisdom 71, it appears A36-002 flew direct to Rockhampton from Wagga Wagga on Saturday 21 July, and after remaining overnight at the beef capital, made a mid-afternoon departure to Gladstone on Sunday 22 July before continuing further afield that evening. 

Operated by No.34 Squadron at Canberra Airport, the RAAF accepted delivery of Boeing 737-7DT (BBJ) A36-001 and A36-002 in 2002 on a long term lease arrangement as VIP aircraft. 

Boeing Business Jets are primarily 737 airframes (although other Boeing models are available) incorporating modifications that include the fitment of self-contained stairs, conference suites, secure satellite and communication capabilities, blended winglets for improved fuel economy and additional fuel tanks to allow intercontinental range.