Monday, July 17, 2023

RAAF Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetails A30-001 & A30-002 Both Complete Airwork at CQ Airports - Plus More!

On Monday 17 July, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft A30-001 was noted completing airwork at Emerald Airport.

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It looked to fly up from and then later return to RAAF Base Williamtown.  It was heard to fly as "Wedgetail 01".

While fellow E-7A Wedgetail aircraft A30-002 was noted completing airwork at Bundaberg Airport.  It too looked to fly up from and then return to Williamtown.  It was heard to fly as "Wedgetail 15".

Finally, also on Monday 17 July, it is believed that a pair of United States Air Force (USAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III transport aircraft completed a sortie departing Townsville, flying very low level along the Whitsunday coast down to Mackay before turning inland and head West towards Hughenden before then returning to Townsville.

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Radar suggests that they Globemasters were 09-9205 "Reach 555" and 10-0214 (unknown callsign).

Both have been spending time flying between Townsville and Cairns and various destinations to the South and North during the current Exercise Mobility Guardian which is being held over the Northern parts of Australia including to Darwin.

Photos taken by Scott Harris and Graham Aspinall  ©

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