Thursday, August 10, 2017

RAAF Airbus A330-203 / KC-30A (MRTT) A39-001 Pops into Rockhampton Airport

On Thursday 10 August, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-203 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A39-001 was spotted arriving into Rockhampton Airport as "Dragon 05".







It looked to touch down from RAAF Base Amberley.




The KC-30A Tanker is flown by 33 Squadron based at RAAF Base Amberley.  The Squadron is responsible for aerial refuelling and long-range passenger transport and is controlled by No. 86 Wing, which is part of Air Mobility Group.  33 squadron currently operates five Airbus A330-203 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft. 





After parking for a short period of time and completing a crew change, A39-001 departed back towards the South, again as "Dragon 05".  It was later noted completing several circuits before landing back at Amberley.

UPDATE!  On Saturday 12 August, A39-001 was back in the skies over Rocky, completing a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport as "Dragon 11".  It initially departed Amberley heading towards Far North Queensland and flew down towards Rocky from the North before it later returned to Amberley.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter 'IAD' for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

All photos taken by 'IAD'  ©

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