Thursday, July 2, 2020

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-203 / KC-30A (MRTT) A39-007 Calls into Rockhampton Airport as “Dragon 24”

On Thursday 2 July, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-203 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A39-007 was spotted visiting Rockhampton Airport.

The KC-30A flew North from RAAF Base Amberley touched down on Runway 33 at Rocky before back-taxiing and parking on for a short time on Taxiway Juliette.

After completing a re-program and possible crew change, A39-007 taxied out and departed Rockhampton Airport for Amberley via airwork off the coast of South-East Queensland.

A39-007 was noted flying as "Dragon 24".

Of interest, 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, on Thursday 2 July and also on Wednesday 1 July, RAAF Alenia C-27J Spartan transport aircraft A34-006 was noted flying around Taroom on training flights out of Amberley as "Wallaby 74".  While on Monday 29 June, Spartan A34-002 "Wallaby 30" was noted also flying around Taroom.

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

All photos taken by Jaxson White  ©

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