Number four lands
Monday, 24th December, 2018
By Myles Burt
After 60 hours of flight, a RFDS Beechcraft Kingair has made its way from Wichita USA to Broken Hill.
The plane was the final of four Beechcraft Kingairs purchased by the RFDS this year.
The Kingair was piloted across nine countries to Australia over 10 days by RFDS Line pilot Dave Connell and Rangeflyers Ferry pilot Vincent Fuschetti.
Mr Connell said the trip was a great experience with some unique sights along the way.
“Checking out Egypt was amazing, in Luxor we got to see Tutankhamen’s tomb,” Mr Connell said.
“Even when we first started out of Wichita, the Beechcraft factory was amazing, the whole aerodrome was dedicated to Beechcrafts and it’s owned by them.
“There were brand new Kingairs everywhere, it was really cool.
“Wichita is a bit of a destination for any aviation buff, so it was cool to check that out.
“Even just flying across the Atlantic was cool.”
The new plane will soon be in the air again, travelling to Wollongong to be retrofitted with medical equipment to become a retrieval aircraft for the RFDS South East Sector.
Mr Connell said the four new planes will be of great benefit to the RFDS, allowing them to carry more medical equipment, patients and doctors, further upgrading the service across the Far West.
“The Kingair itself is an amazing aircraft and is a lot of fun to fly,” Mr Connell said.
“But in this one they’ve just polished off all those little things.
“It’s going to add to the service we provide a lot more.”