Thursday, September 13, 2018

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail A30-001 Missed Approach at Rockhampton Airport as "Mitchel 13"

On Thursday 13 September, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft A30-001 was photographed by local plane spotter Kayanne H as it completed a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport.

A30-001 appeared to fly up to Rocky from the South and after it completed its airwork the Wedgetail returned back to the South.

A30-001 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Mitchel 13".

Of interest and as we've noted during its other visits to CQ in recent weeks, A30-001 also still wears a sticker on the rear part of its fuselage commemorating the 100th year of the Royal Air Force (RAF) - United Kingdom - with the Wedgetail recently participating in Royal International Tattoo which was held at RAF Fairford in the UK during the middle part of July and was a commemoration of RAF's centenary.

Finally, on Wednesday 12 September, RAAF Boeing P-8A Poseidon Maritime Surveillance Aircraft A47-005 "Blackcat 45", along with RAAF Beech B350 Super King Air A32-673 "Dingo 77" were both noted completing a series of circular orbits around Lindeman Island in the Whitsundays.

Sincere thanks Kayanne H who was at the right place at the right time to capture these photos of the Wedgetail!

All photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©

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