Sixth RAAF KC-30A arrives at Amberley

The sixth Airbus Defence and Space KC-30A MRTT for the RAAF arrived at Amberley, south-east Queensland on September 1. The former A330-203 airliner saw service with Qantas and Jetstar as VH-EBH and first flew in 2007. It was converted to MRTT configuration by Airbus Defence and Space at Getafe near Madrid … [Read more...]

RAN Romeos achieve 10,000 hours

The Royal Australian Navy has achieved a milestone of 10,000 flying hours with its 24 strong MH-60R Seahawk 'Romeo' fleet. Chosen in 2012 to replace the S-70B-2 Seahawk ‘Bravo’, the Romeo has enjoyed a smooth introduction to service with the RAN thanks in part to a deep level of training support from the … [Read more...]

First French Air Force A330 MRTT flies

The maiden flight of A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) for France’s Armée de L’air (Air Force). (Airbus)

The first Airbus Defence and Space A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) for France’s Armée de L’air (Air Force) made its maiden flight on September 7 from the company’s Getafe conversion centre near Madrid in Spain. The aircraft, to be named Phénix in French service, is the first of nine plus three … [Read more...]

Canada considering RAAF classic Hornets?

The Canadian government is considering the acquisition of soon-to-be-retired Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18 classic Hornets to bolster its own fleet of CF-18A/B Hornets, a September 6 media report claims. The online report in the Globe and Mail says the RAAF jets are being considered as an interim … [Read more...]