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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Flashback: RAAF 707-338C

Time for a little notstalgia as we look back at a visit to BNE by former RAAF 33 Sqn Boeing 707-338C serial A20-629.

A20-629 msn 19629 was built by Boeing in 1968 and first flew for Qantas as VH-EAI "City of Darwin". It was later sold to British Caledonian as G-BDLM in 1975 and later Worldways Canada in 1982 as C-GGAB.

The aircraft was sold to the RAAF in Toronto in 1983 and was registered A20-629 "City of Sydney". The aircraft served with the RAAF 33 Sqn until retiring in 2007 and was sold to Omega Air USA as N629RH. It is understood the aircraft is now at San Antonio TX undergoing heavy manintenance to enter service with Omega Air as a mid-air refueller.

The Boeing 707 tankers were replaced by the Airbus KC-30 tankers currently in RAAF service based at Amberley RAAF base.

A20-629 "Dragon" arriving runway 19

Parked at the Domestic Common User Terminal

Commencing taxi to runway 19 for departure

Taxiing past the viewing area

Close-up of the boom pod on the outer wing used for air-to-air re-fuelling

Spooling up for departure