Royal Australian Air Force VIP aircraft

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A RAAF Boeing Business Jet at an airshow in 2006
A RAAF Boeing 707 at Heathrow Airport, 1979.

The Royal Australian Air Force has operated a number of specialised aircraft to transport members of the Royal Family, the Governor General of Australia, senior members of the Australian government, and other dignitaries.

The RAAF's current VIP aircraft are two leased Boeing Business Jets and three Bombardier Challengers which are operated by No. 34 Squadron RAAF and are based at Canberra International Airport. The Boeing Business Jets are custom configured Boeing 737-700s fitted with facilities such as conference tables, offices suites, secure satellite and communication capabilities. The two planes have a longer range than is standard for Boeing Business Jets. The Prime Minister regularly makes use of the aircraft for domestic and international travel.

Prior to the acquisition of the 737s, passenger-configured RAAF Boeing 707s tanker-transports were used. These aircraft were larger than the 737s currently in use.

List of RAAF VIP transport aircraft[edit]

A RAAF Challenger 604 in 2004

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References[edit]

  1. ^ RAAF Museum A65 Douglas Dakota
  2. ^ RAAF Museum A72 B-24 Liberator
  3. ^ RAAF Museum A74 Avro York
  4. ^ RAAF Museum A96 Convair 440 Metropolitan
  5. ^ RAAF Museum A6 Vickers Viscount
  6. ^ RAAF Museum A11 Dassault Mystere (Falcon 20)
  7. ^ RAAF Museum A10 Hawker Siddeley HS748
  8. ^ RAAF Museum A12 B111
  9. ^ RAAF Museum A20 Boeing 707
  10. ^ RAAF Museum A26 Dassault Falcon 900
  11. ^ RAAF Museum A36 BBJ
  12. ^ RAAF Museum A37 Challenger CL 604

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