A39-001. Airbus A330-243MRTT. c/n 747.

 

This aircraft was ordered new by Australian Government for the Royal Australian Air Force

The contract to convert five Airbus A330 airframes for the R.A.A.F. was signed - December 20, 2004

Rolled off the production line at Toulouse as 'F-WWYI'

This was the first Airbus A330MRTT (Multi Role Transport Tanker) to be built by Airbus Industries

First flown as 'F-WWYI' in primer - March 30, 2006

Powered by International General Electric CF6-80E1A4 engines

Rolled out at Toulouse as 'F-WWYI' in the standard R.A.A.F. low-viz livery - May 05, 2006

Delivered to CASA, Madrid, Spain for conversion to MRTT configuration - May 31, 2006

This conversion was undertaken by EADS Conversion & Modification Centre, Getafe, Spain

Rolled into hangar for conversion - June 02, 2006

First post conversion flight flown as 'EC-330' - June 15, 2007

It appeared at the Paris Air Show in the standard R.A.A.F. low viz livery - June 17, 2007

It was observed at Toulouse fitted with the Advanced Refuelling Boom System (ARBS) - December 17, 2007

It appeared at the Paris Air Show in the standard R.A A.F. low viz livery - October 26, 2008

Refuelling trials undertaken from Getafe, Serville with a French Air Force Boeing E-3A - January 2010

The aircraft was displayed at the Airbus Military Family Day at Seville - November 14, 2010

The refuelling boom was damaged during in-flight trials with a Portugese Air Force F-16 - January 20, 2011

Accepted by the R.A.A.F. at Madrid as 'EC-330' - November 29, 2011

The aircraft remained in Spain to undergo further testing of the refuelling equipment

It was expected to be delivered to 33 Squadron at Amberley, Queensland - 2012

It was observed operating at Getafe as CASA301A carrying code 'MRTT-01' - November 28, 2013

Ferried Getafe - Paris (Orly) for repainting prior to redelivery to R.A.A.F. - October 03, 2014

Arrived R.A.A.F. Base Amberley, Queensland on delivery as 'A39-001' - February 24, 2015

Issued to No. 33Squadron, 86 Wing based at Amberley, Queensland

Engaged in refuelling trials with U.S.A.F. F-35A at Edwards AFB - September 23 to October 26, 2015

A total of 479 dry and 24 wet connections performed using the ARBS

Current with the Royal Australian Air Force

 

EC-330. Royal Australian Air Force - in the low viz grey livery at the Paris Air Shown, June 2007.

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A39-001. Royal Australian Air Force - in the low viz grey livery at Adelaide West Beach Airport, May 28, 2016.

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A39-001. Royal Australian Air Force - in the low viz grey livery at Adelaide West Beach Airport, May 29, 2016.

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A39-001. Royal Australian Air Force - in the low viz grey livery at Adelaide West Beach Airport, May 29, 2016.

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A39-001. Royal Australian Air Force - in the low viz grey livery at Adelaide West Beach Airport, May 29, 2016.

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A39-001. Royal Australian Air Force - in the low viz grey livery at Adelaide West Beach Airport, May 29, 2016.

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A39-001. Royal Australian Air Force - in the low viz grey livery at Adelaide West Beach Airport, May 29, 2016.

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A39-001. Royal Australian Air Force - in the low viz grey livery at Adelaide West Beach Airport, June 03, 2016.

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A39-001. Royal Australian Air Force - in the low viz grey livery at Adelaide West Beach Airport, June 03, 2016.

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A39-001. Royal Australian Air Force - in the low viz grey livery at Adelaide West Beach Airport, June 03, 2016.

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A39-001. Royal Australian Air Force - in the low viz grey livery at Adelaide West Beach Airport, June 03, 2016.

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A39-001. Royal Australian Air Force - in the low viz grey livery at Adelaide West Beach Airport, June 03, 2016.

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A39-001. Royal Australian Air Force - in the low viz grey livery at Adelaide West Beach Airport, June 03, 2016.

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A39-001. Royal Australian Air Force - in the low viz grey livery at Adelaide West Beach Airport, June 04, 2016.

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A39-001. Royal Australian Air Force - in the low viz grey livery at Adelaide West Beach Airport, June 04, 2016.

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