Queensland motorists will have a rare opportunity to see two restored Royal Australian Air Force static-display aircraft being transported by road convoy from RAAF Base Amberley in Ipswich to Townsville this week.
FILE PHOTO (1977): A Royal Australian Air Force Mirage III from 77 Squadron.
Mirage fighter A3-55 and Winjeel trainer A85-403 will be relocated to their permanent home at the RAAF Townsville Aviation Heritage Centre departing in the early hours of Friday 31 July, and arrive in Townsville on 2 August.
On Friday, 31 July, the convoy will depart RAAF Base Amberley at approximately 12:15am and travel via Route A2 (Warrego Highway) – Toowoomba Bypass, Dalby, Chinchilla, Miles; Route A5 (Leichhardt Highway) – Wandoan, Taroom, Theodore, Banana.
On Saturday, 1 August, the convoy will depart Banana at approximately 6am and travel via Route A5 – Dululu; Route A4 (Capricorn Highway) – Dingo; Route 67 (Fitzroy Development Road) and Route 70 (Peak Downs Road) – Moranbah.
On Sunday, 2 August, the convoy will depart Moranbah at approximately 6am and travel via Route 70/A7 (Gregory Highway) – Belyando Crossing, Charters Towers, Route A6 (Flinders Highway) – RAAF Base Townsville.
Give them a wave – and a wide berth – if you see them on the road.