Queensland Government Air Wing

History

Narrative Summary

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.

Key Dates

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.

Current Status

The aircraft of the QGAW are fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.

Markings

Special Markings

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.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

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
Hawker 800XP 1 1997 2006 USA
Hawker 850XP 1 2006 current 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.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

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).

Organisational Structure

The air wing has no subordinate units.

Current Unit Assignments

No subordinate units.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

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.


More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

To be added

Websites

Queensland Government Air Wing
Queensland Government Air Wing
QG Air

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