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Australian Royal Air Force KC-30A A39 Airbus Military Aicraft Tanker first flight

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World Air Force News - Australia
 
 
Australian Royal Air Force KC-30A A39 Airbus Military Aicraft Tanker first flight.
 
The world’s most advanced tanker transport now belongs to 33 Squadron. Shortly after 2pm on Monday 30 May 2011, A39-003 an Airbus Military KC-30A, touched down at RAAF Base Amberley, completing its delivery flight from Spain via the US.
     
The world’s most advanced tanker transport now belongs to 33 Squadron. Shortly after 2pm on Monday 30 May 2011, A39-003 an Airbus Military KC-30A, touched down at RAAF Base Amberley, completing its delivery flight from Spain via the US.
Air Tanker KC-30A A39-003 Airbus Military Australian Royal air Force
(Image Copyright Commonwealth of Australia)
     

The KC-30A has replaced the Boeing 707 as the Air Force’s tanker transport. It is a heavily modified Airbus A330 airliner, equipped with a boom that can extend out to 19 metres to refuel other aircraft, and two wing mounted hose-and-drogue refuelling pods.

The aircraft took off from RAAF Base Amberley at about 10.40am today for a 2 hours and 45 minutes long flight over Roma and the Sunshine Coast, before returning to RAAF Base Amberley.

During the flight the eight personnel on board conducted a check of the aircraft’s systems and crew operating procedures.