Graphic: The plane
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.
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