Cost is AU $750 per ticket, which some say is expensive, but never flown on a BAe 146 before, never seen Lake Eyre or been to Woomera which is famous for being a launching site for rockets. All going well one of the highlights of the day will be seeing a rocket launch. I imagine this would only be a small research rocket.
I think it will be worth every cent.
Adelaide Saturday March 3 2012
Adelaide to Woomera
Another early start for this day.
Had to be at the Cobham terminal for 8:00 AM, but we're there by 7:30 AM.
Check in was a simple get our names ticked off the list.
Although I have been to the Cobham terminal many times to photograph bizjets, today is the first time I have been into the terminal. Wasn't very big in the inside, but was comfortable.
Soon got going, crew made an announcement about the noise the flaps make. Captain fluffed his welcome speech by saying we were going to Moomba, as this aircraft is used during the week to fly the workers to and from the Moomba gas fields.
Take off was smooth and weather in Adelaide was clear.
Then it was on to where there are various aircraft, rockets etc on display in the town.
After that it was lunch at the Eldo Hotel. Then a bus tour of the main rocket range. I will let photo galleries tell the story here.
Missile Park etc
However a couple of things that were planned such as a rocket launch and a look at a disused launch site were cancelled due to heavy rain in the previous days.
Once that was completed it was back to the airport for the flight home.
The aircraft was late arriving back at Woomera as it had been back to Adelaide so the APU could be fixed.
Woomera Saturday March 3 2012
Woomera to Adelaide (via overflight of Lake Eyre)
A short walk across the tarmac to the plane and we sat in the same seats as on the way up.
Once we reached Lake Eyre, the plane descended to a lower altitude and flew a zig zag pattern over the lake to give everyone a view. Did that for 5-10 minutes then climbed back to cruising altitude for the flight home.
Again the crew handed out magazines to anyone who wanted to read one, but the view out the window was far more interesting, even if it meant facing the sun.
This time as we got closer to Adelaide, the weather got more cloudy, it had even been raining in Adelaide. The approach into Adelaide was a little bumpy but the landing was smooth and the aircraft slowed to taxiing speed before we got to the cross runway.
Quoting ryan h (Thread starter): but never flown on a BAe 146 before, never seen Lake Eyre or been to Woomera which is famous for being a launching site for rockets. All going well one of the highlights of the day will be seeing a rocket launch.
...but then why not spend it for all of the above mentioned things?
Too bad the rocket launch did not work out. But I guess it was still a great aviation & space day!