First to arrive (a little unexpectedly!) was A39-003 which touched down from RAAF Base Amberley as “Dragon 21”.
After being loaded with personnel and their bags, it departed to Perth.
Then later in the afternoon, fellow KC-30A A39-001 touched down at Rocky also from Amberley but as “Dragon 30”.
It too was loaded with personnel and their bags but departed a little while later to Darwin.
Both Airbus KC-30A aircraft are two of five that are flown by No. 33 Squadron - the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) strategic transport and air-to-air refuelling squadron - based at RAAF Base Amberley. During 2018, the RAAF will take delivery of two more KC-30As with the airframes ex-Qantas A330-200 passenger jets which are to be converted by Airbus Defence and Space at Getafe in Spain.
Sincere thanks to 'IAD' and Russell P for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!
Photos taken by 'IAD' and Russell Prothero ©