Two lovingly restored Royal Australian Airforce aircraft are now making their final journey to their permanent home in North Queensland.
The planes - the Mirage A-355 Fighter and Winjell Trainer 85-403 - will take a number of days to navigate through the back roads of the state after leaving at midnight last night from RAAF Amberley to arrive in Townsville on Sunday.
Warrant Officer Michael Downs from RAAF Amberley says they brought in specialised equipment to load them up without scratching the paint:
"We used some slings to put around the aircraft.
The slings are made of a very soft material and they are very gentle on the plane and the plane is quite tough anyway -- we treated it like a newborn baby".
Planned route of Mirage ‘wide load’ convoy
On Friday, 31 July the convoy will depart RAAF Base Amberley at approximately 12:15am and travel the following route: Route A2 (Warrego Highway) – Toowoomba Bypass, Dalby, Chinchilla, Miles; Route A5 (Leichhardt Highway) – Wandoan, Taroom, Theodore, Banana.
On Saturday, 1 August 2020 the convoy will depart Banana at approximately 6:00am and travel the following route: Route A5 – Dululu; Route A4 (Capricorn Highway) – Dingo; Route 67 (Fitzroy Development Road) and Route 70 (Peak Downs Road) – Moranbah.
On Sunday, 2 August 2020 the convoy will depart Moranbah at approximately 6:00am and travel the following route: Route 70/A7 (Gregory Highway) – Belyando Crossing, Charters Towers, Route A6 (Flinders Highway) – RAAF Base Townsville.
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(Photo/video: RAAF Mirage IIIO A3-55 is transported from the RAAF Base Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre to the RAAF Base Townsville. Supplied.)