Graphic: The plane

Another aircraft arrives

Date published

16 Aug 2017

A first-of-its-kind addition to our aircraft fleet landed on Australian soil in June. It had been flown more than 14,000 kilometres, in a six-day journey around the Pacific from Des Moines, USA.

The Beechcraft B250 King Air will fly doctors, dentists, nurses, mental health team members and other RFDS health professionals into remote communities so they can run primary healthcare clinics.

"This is the first B250 to join our fleet," said Senior Pilot Brett Croker, who picked up the aircraft and helped fly it to Australia.

Brett said the aircraft is in the process of being made 'RFDS ready', including being finished with RFDS signage, as part of the process to get it ready to officially join the RFDS SE fleet.

"Our engineering, safety and aviation teams are involved in this process" he said.

Map of the plane

Flying Home

Day 1 USA

Depart Des Moines – Fuel stop at Great Falls – Arrive Bellingham

Day 2 USA

Depart Bellingham – Fuel stop at Anchorage, Alaska, Arrive Adak Island, Alaska

Day 3 USA – Russia – Japan

Depart Adak Island - Fuel Stop at Petropavlovsk, Russia – Arrive Sendai, Japan

Day 4 Japan – Northern Mariana Islands

Depart Sendai – Arrive Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands

Day 5 – Northern Mariana Islands – Australia

Depart Saipan, Fuel Stop at Biak, Indonesia, Arrive Cairns, Australia

Day 6 – Australia

Depart Cairns - Arrive Bankstown