Wednesday, March 4, 2020

RAAF Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail A30-003 Spotted Completing Missed Approaches at Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) and Emerald Airports

During the afternoon on Wednesday 4 March, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft A30-003 was spotted completing airwork including missed approaches at a couple of Central Queensland Airports.

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A30-003 was flying as "Wedegtail 05" looked to come up from RAAF Base Williamtown near Newcastle and was videoed completing a missed approach at Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport.

It then flew North-West and was also videoed completing one of three circuits and missed approaches at Emerald Airport.

After completing the airwork at Emerald Airport, A30-003 flew south and landed at RAAF Base Amberley.

Meanwhile, earlier on Wednesday 4 March, fellow A30-006 was noted completing a missed approach at Bundaberg Airport.

A30-006 was flying "Wedgetail 04" and looked to come up from Williamtown to Bundy via airwork at the Gold Coast before it then returned South, completing airwork at Amberley before then returning to Williamtown.

Of interest, six Wedgetails are flown by the RAAF's No. 2 Squadron out of RAAF Base Williamtown, along a detachment also in the Northern Territory.

Finally, it's worth noting that during the afternoon on Sunday 1 March, RAAF Beech B350 Super King Air A32-651 "Hudson 29" was noted completing airwork around Hamilton Island before then flying South to RAAF Base Williamtown and then RAAF Base East Sale.

Sincere thanks to the local plane spotters for capturing this spectacular Wedgetail action!

Photos and video taken by David Geck, Ben May and 'AC'  ©️

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