The origins of the Queensland Government Air Wing data back to November 1971, when the Queensland Government bought a single-engine aircraft for the use of the then Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen. Bjelke-Petersen, was a licensed pilot, who used it to visit remote parts of the state to campaign and boost his public profile. The Government then upgraded it to a twin-engine aircraft in 1973 and an even bigger Piper PA-31 Navajo in 1975.
In 1980 a turbo-prop Beech Super King Air 200 was obtained, and in late 1984 this was supplemented by a BAe 125-800B business jet. Both of these aircraft were later replaced by more modern versions.
In 2012 a review of the use of Queensland Government aviation assets was initiated. On 1 November 2013, the Emergency Management Queensland Helicopter Rescue (EMQHR), Police Air Wing and Government Air Wing were merged into a new Queensland Government air service, called QG Air.
|November 1971||Queensland Government purchases an aircraft for use by the Premier.|
|1973||First aircraft replaced by a twin-engined aircraft.|
|August 1980||Turbo-prop aircraft acquired.|
|1984||First jet aircraft acquired.|
|1 November 2013||Government Air Wing becomes part of unified QG Air organisation.|
The aircraft of the QGAW are fully operational.
No plans known.
QGAW aircraft operate in an overall white colour scheme with a red and grey fuselage cheatline. The flag of Queensland is carried on the fin. No service titles are displayed.
Aircraft Serial Numbers
Aircraft operating with the QGAW carry Australian civil aircraft registrations in the VH-SGx sequence, e.g. Super King Air 200 VH-SGV, where SG may stand for State Government. The registration VH-SGQ has been used by several different aircraft, indicating State Government Queensland.
Coding system not used.
None – Manufacturers designations used
Current Aircraft Inventory
|Aircraft Type||Total Del’d||Total Active||Still on Order||Role|
|Beech Super King Air 300||1||1||0||VIP Transport|
|Hawker 850XP||1||1||0||VIP Transport|
All-Time Aircraft Used List
|Aircraft Type||Quantity||Service Entry||Out of Service||Origin|
|Beech Super King Air 200||1||1980||?||USA|
|Beech Super King Air 300||1||1996||2006||USA|
|Beech Super King Air 350||1||2006||current||USA|
|IAI 1124A Westwind 2||1||1991||1997||USA|
|British Aerospace BAe 125-800B||1||1984||1991||USA|
|? single engined aircraft||1||1971||1973||USA|
|? twin-engined aircraft||1||1973||1975||USA|
|Piper PA-31 Navajo||1||1975||1996||USA|
Aircraft NOT Used
No false reports known.
Aircraft Losses and Incidents
No losses known.
Queensland Government Air Wing, Brisbane Airport, Government Hanger, Adjacent To Qantas Maintenance Hanger 1, BRISBANE, Queensland, 4000, Australia. (Note that the morons who registered this address can’t spell ‘Hangar’ correctly).
The air wing has no subordinate units.
Current Unit Assignments
No subordinate units.
Historical Unit Assignments
All-Time Flying Units List
Current Air Bases
The Queensland Government Air Wing is based at Brisbane Airport and shares a hangar on the Eastern side with the Queensland Police Air Wing.
All-Time Air Bases Used List
To be added.
To be added