|VH-FDN arrives in Cairns on delivery in 2015 (File photo)|
Of interest, VH-FDN is one of three new Beech / Textron Aviation B300C Super King Air turboprops that the RFDS has acquired - along with VH-FDC and VH-FDF. VH-FDN was delivered to the RFDS Base in Cairns in March 2015 (as shown above). It appears that VH-FDN has spent considerable time operating out of Cairns and Townsville - it was on display at the RAAF T150 Defence Force Air Display and Open Day in Townsville in mid-October. It recently flew to Brisbane where it seems to be operating from.
VH-FDN is believed to have made its first visit to CQ on Tuesday 6 December calling into both Longreach and Bundaberg Airport from Brisbane. It then visited Rockhampton Airport on Thursday 8 December and returned to both Bundy and Rocky (as shown below), as well as visiting Gladstone Airport, on Friday 9 December.
Photos taken by FNQ Skies Blog and Kayanne Hardsman ©