Wednesday, July 13, 2016

RAAF Airbus A330/KC-30A (MRTT) A39-002 Missed Approach at Rockhampton - Plus RAAF C-17 A41-207 Flys into Shoalwater Bay

On Wednesday 13 July, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-200 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A39-002 was noted completing a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport as "Dragon 22".

A39-002 at Rockhampton Airport during a previous visit  (File photo)

It flew North from RAAF Base Amberley and returned there after completing the airwork at Rocky.  Of interest, A39-002 was noted completing another missed approach at Amberley before flying South towards Port Macquarie where it is believed that it met up with RAAF Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornets to complete air-to-air refuelling drills.

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday 13 July, RAAF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III transport aircraft A41-207 was noted landing at Williamson Airfield which is inside the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA).  It too flew North from Amberley and was heard using the radio callsign of "Stallion 43".

I'm told that airspace over Shoalwater Bay is again active due to an exercise that is now underway.

Photo taken by Phil M  ©

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