Ex RAAF 707 comes home

written by australianaviation.com.au | June 8, 2012
N624RH is the ex RAAF A20-624. (Omega)

A recent pic of Omega Air 707 tanker N624RH, the first of the ex RAAF 707-338C tankers (A20-624) to re-enter service with its new owner.

N624RH arrived in Australia on Thursday and on Friday flew its first mission for the RAAF flying out of Amberley.

The 707 is one of three Omega acquired from the RAAF. It ferried to the US from its former RAAF Richmond home in October last year.

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15 Comments

  • Andrew McLaughlin

    says:

    Awesome, great to see her back!

  • pez

    says:

    Cool. Bet there’s a few guys who remember fueling from her

  • doug mackay DMP

    says:

    so why did we let them go?

  • Steve

    says:

    I think she was ex-QANTAS before being ex-RAAF?

  • Chris

    says:

    Yeah I was lucky enough to see her parked on the apron at Amberley, and got to see her take off. Great to see her back in the skies, and she sounds nice now with some new quieter engines fitted to her.

  • They have had extensive refurbishment and upgrade. Each have RH on
    the end for Richmond their former base and keep the RAAF designator.
    Great aircraft again.

  • dan

    says:

    Sure she was a great old girl but the new MRRT A330’s which will also be able to carry passengers is the way forward. I recall many a time seeing these old “Smoky and Noisy” birds flying around. Unfortunantly these 2 issue’s caused problems with the public.

    Great clip of this aircraft on Youtube below on her passing out parade. You can see her coming for miles with that smoke trail.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcwJuJIfcrI

  • Observer

    says:

    This aircraft was formerly Qantas VH-EAD ‘City of Melbourne’ but during its service (delivered 68) it was renamed ‘City of Newcastle’ and eventually ‘City of Ballarat’ before joining the RAAF.

  • HR Hastings

    says:

    Fine looking bird. I miss that thunder at take-off and black contrails out past the runway. Yet, the re-engined type look more ominous and strong.

  • Boneyard Wrangler

    says:

    Looks like the same engines on her in this photo. ??

  • Milne Bay

    says:

    What I cannot understand, is why these were sold off long before the MRTTs came into service.

  • Keef

    says:

    What drongo flogged them off in the first place……why are we always leasing back stuff we sell !

  • KM

    says:

    I was laughing at this before I hit the floor!

    At least we will get to see them again!

  • Peter

    says:

    Last time when I saw the 707 was taking off from Melb Airport, when the aircraft at the time was with the RAAF.

    Indeed she was loud and very smoky exhausts, just as loud as the 727.

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