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January 30, 1996
FORCE STUCTURE POLICY AND
Committee agrees on AIR 5077 Phase 2
Initial Design Activity Phase.
October 14, 1996
INVITATION TO REGISTER INTEREST
The Government announces a short list
of potential prime contractors has been
selected for the supply of an Airborne Early
Warning and Control Aircraft (AEW&C)
capability for the ADF.
December 2, 1997
Government approval given for acquisition
of an AEW&C capability for the ADF.
January 28, 1998
IDA CONTRACT SIGNATURE
The Government announces the signing of
three contracts, each valued at $8.5 million,
for initial design work on the Wedgetail
April 15, 1999
RAAF BASE WILLIAMTOWN CHOSEN
The Government announces the selection
of RAAF Base Williamtown as home base
for the Wedgetail aircraft.
July 21, 1999
AUSTRALIA DECIDES ON BOEING FOR
The Government announces that the Boeing
Company, based in Seattle, USA, has been
selected as the preferred tenderer of the
Wedgetail aircraft and associated support
for the ADF.
January 18, 2000
2SQN REFORMED AT WILLIAMTOWN
TO OPERATE THE WEDGETAIL
August 21, 2000
AEW&C DECISION DEFERRED
The Government decides to defer
consideration of the Wedgetail project to
establish whether it fits into the balance
of the ADF's required capabilities in the
context of the forthcoming Defence White
December 6, 2000
DEFENCE WHITE PAPER RELEASED
In the wake of the Defence White Paper,
the Government decides to acquire four
Wedgetail aircraft now, with the possibility
of acquiring three more later in the decade.
December 20, 2000
AEW&C SYSTEMS ACQUISITION
The Government signs a partnership
FLTLT Jaimie Abbott
NUMBER 2 Squadron, which is re-
sponsible for operating the Wedget-
ail, has worked hard preparing for the
aircraft to return to the air.
CO 2SQN WGCDR Luke
Stoodley said the 130 personnel at
the unit were excited to see the air-
craft finally accepted into service.
"A lot of people have worked
very hard over a very long time to
see this aircraft get up and running,"
WGCDR Stoodley said.
"I think we have the most excit-
ing job in the Air Force at the
moment. This aircraft will play a key
role in achieving the ADF's network-
enabled war fighting capability."
2SQN is one of the oldest and
most highly decorated squadrons in
the Air Force.
It was formed in Egypt in
September 1916 and was involved in
World Wars I and II, and the Vietnam
Wa r.After flying its last operational
flight in July 1982 at RAAF Base
Amberley, the squadron was dis-
It was reformed in January 2000
as a part of the Wedgetail Airborne
Early Warning and Control project.
It's not just the aircrew who have
been training on the Wedgetail. The
support and maintenance crews
have needed to become familiar
with the aircraft. Since the first two
Wedgetails were delivered to RAAF
Base Williamtown in November,
2SQN personnel have carried out
maintenance training in preparation
The squadron's Senior Engineer
Officer, SQNLDR David Johnstone
said aircrew, technicians and support
staff have had to learn from scratch.
"We've had to cover everything
from avionics, engines and airframes
to electronic warfare and mission
systems," SQNLDR Johnstone said.
The crest of 2SQN displays a
Piping Shrike, or Magpie, with a
Yellow Fleur-de-Lys emblazoned
upon its breast.
This signifies the squadron's
service in France during WWI when
it flew SE-5A's and DH-5's against
enemy forces above the trenches of
the Western Front.
The motto shown on the base of
the 2SQN Crest translates as "To
Advise And To Strike".
statement with the Boeing Company for
the AEW&C capability. A contract for
four Wedgetail aircraft and associated
support for the ADF is signed at the
same time. Four Wedgetail aircraft are
ordered with an option for another three.
November 1, 2002
WEDGETAILS OFF PRODUCTION LINE
The first airframe rolls off the production
line at Boeing's Military Flight Centre in
May 9, 2003
Greenfield site ground-breaking ceremony
at Williamtown for the 2SQN Headquarters.
March 5, 2004
2SQN HEADQUARTERS OPENED
May 21, 2004
FIRST WEDGETAIL FLIGHT IN SEATTLE
June 3, 2004
CONTRACT OPTIONS SIGNED
The Government formally commits to
the purchase of two additional Wedgetail
aircraft in a special signing ceremony at
RAAF Base Amberley.
March 14-15, 2005
FIRST WEDGETAIL VISITS AUSTRALIA
First Seattle-modified aircraft arrives
in Williamtown enroute to the Avalon
2SQN HANGAR OPENED
January 1, 2006
42WG REFORMED AT WILLIAMTOWN
January 1, 2006
AEWCSPO FORMED AT WILLIAMTOWN
AEWCSPO formed at Williamtown to
deliver in-service support for the Wedgetail
January 16, 2006
ARRIVAL OF FIRST AIRCRAFT
The first aircraft for modification in
Australia arrives in-country.
OPERATIONAL FLIGHT TRAINER
OPERATIONAL DEMO AT DARWIN
Modified Operational Utility Demonstration
conducted in Darwin.
November 26, 2009
FIRST TWO WEDGETAIL AIRCRAFT ARE
DELIVERED TO WILLIAMTOWN
The first two Wedgetails are delivered
to Williamtown, and Defence is able to
conduct familiarisation training while
Boeing completes the remaining test
program and acceptance activities.
November / December 2009
MISSION TEST AT WILLIAMTOWN
Integrated mission test conducted at
Williamtown in conjunction with the East
Coast Air Defence Exercise.
January 19, 2010
THROUGH-LIFE SUPPORT CONTRACT
Contract signing ceremony takes place
between the Commonwealth and Boeing
to provide through-life support service
for the Air Force fleet of Wedgetail
May 5, 2010
INITIAL ACCEPTANCE OF THE FIRST
TWO WEDGETAIL AIRCRAFT
Air Force accepts the first two Wedgetail
aircraft at Williamtown.
14 YEARS OF MILESTONES
TAKE IT AWAY: A
Boeing 737 AEW&C
Wedgetail aircraft on
the tarmac at RAAF
Photo: LAC Craig Barrett
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