An Antarctic arrival and not much else
It was a fairly normal week of operations at Hobart this week, the only arrival of note being an RAAF C-17 coming in to operate the first few cargo flights to Antarctica this season.
On Wednesday last week, I finally had the opportunity to photograph the last of QantasFreight’s quintet of 737SFs, this one being their only -400SF, VH-XNH. Having been stuck here since the day before with engine troubles, it also provided the rare scene of two QantasFreight 737s at Hobart, with -300SF VH-XMR parked a fair bit away.
Shortly after arriving, Jetstar Airbus A321-200 VH-VWN pushed back and departed to Sydney, the first A321 I had seen since March!
Royal Flying Doctor Service Beech B200 King Air then made a quick visit, presumably dropping off a patient, before heading off again.
The last departure I got to see that Wednesday was Sharp Airlines’ nightly cargo flight to Launceston, SH188/SH189, this time operated by Fairchld Metroliner VH-OZV.
On Sunday morning I was off to the airport again, to see the first cargo flight to antarctica of the season,operated by RAAF Boeing C-17 Globemaster III A41-206, their oldest C-17.
After thundering up the runway (and blasting sand up the dunes) A41-206 executed a right hand turn and made a pass back over the airport. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for my next trip report this Sunday, onboard a Singapore Airlines Boeing 777!