After six and a half hours in the air -- nine and a half on the clock -- Air Force Two touched down at Sydney International Airport, where the local time is 21:12 and the temperature is a very civilized 19 Celsius or 66 Fahrenheit.
Our flight path took us over Java and the Timor Sea, before making landfall above the stunning beaches and ferrous-red soil of north west Australia.
Around an hour into our journey, master of ceremonies Marc Lotter appeared over the tannoy to instruct MilAir customers that after lunch -- at the Vice President's request -- we would all be required to watch the "greatest sports movie ever made".
It was not, however, 'Slapshot' or 'Invictus', but 'Hoosiers' --- the Vice President's own personal DVD copy no less.
As Gene Hackman and the Hickory Huskers did their thing, AF2 tracked across the Australian outback -- offering a great view of Uluru (once known as Ayer's Rock) -- and onward to New South Wales.
At 21:33 the Vice President emerged from the bird with his wife and two daughters Audrey and Charlotte.
Greeters included Australian Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan and Ambassador to the United States Joe Hockey.