Saturday afternoon marked the arrival of an Armée de l’Air (French Air Force) CASA CN-235 into Brisbane Airport from its home base at La Tontouta International Airport, New Caledonia. Although being a regular visitor to Australia, this aircraft has recently been adorned in a special scheme marking the 70th anniversary of Escadron de Transport 52.
The aircraft is assigned to the Escadron de Transport 52, an overseas transport squadron of the Armée de l’Air and part of the New Caledonian Armed Forces (FANC). The squadron operates a total of four fixed-wing and rotary aircraft:
- One CASA CN-235
- Three Aérospatiale SA330
065 departed back for New Caledonia on Sunday morning as ‘Cotam 1161’.