I'll say it again: if you want Redirect, use RedirectRule. You are using
RewriteRule, but from your description, you apparently want Redirect.
If you don't want a redirect, then you should eliminate the scheme and server (http://whatever) from the replacement string in the RewriteRule.
Here's the link for the documentation on RewriteRule, that describes its usage:
Also, it's a good practice to check the IIRF log file, or use the status inquiry page. You will see warnings noted in both places, because of the inconsistent syntax you're using. The log file will say:
WARNING: Rewriting to a fully-qualified URL. Do you want RedirectRule or ProxyRule?
It will be much faster for you to diagnose your troubles yourself, than posting to the forum and asking "what am I doing wrong?" This suggestion is another of the many good things which are awaiting your discovery, in