During the afternoon on Friday 28 February, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-200 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A39-007 was spotted as it climbed out after completing a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport. It was flying as "Dragon 53".
A39-007 initially flew up from RAAF Base Amberley via an inland route to overhead Emerald before it then turned towards Rockhampton. After completing the airwork at Rockhampton Airport, A39-007 returned to Amberley.
As mentioned previously, A39-007 is the most recently delivered of the seven KC-30A's of the RAAF's 33 Squadron based at Amberley. A39-007 was delivered in May 2019 and previously operated with Qantas Airways as VH-EBI.
A39-007 is also being utilised as a VIP transport jet for current Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (ScoMo) who has named the aircraft 'Shark 1' after his beloved National Rugby League (NRL) team The Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks.
Meanwhile, a little earlier on Friday 28 February, RAAF Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft A30-003 was noted completing a missed approach at Bundaberg Airport.
A30-006 looked to fly up from RAAF Base Williamtown near Newcastle and later depart to complete more airwork at the Gold Coast before later returning to Williamtown. A30-003 was heard to be flying as "Wedgetail 04".
Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman ©