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A SECOND KC-30A is now on strength
Touching down at RAAF Base
Amberley on June 18, the massive tank-
er arrived the same week that 33SQN
maintainers were certified as Authorised
Maintenance Operators on the tanker.
That entitles them to perform the
basic maintenance tasks on the KC-30A.
An Air Worthiness Board in August
will determine whether 33SQN can start
flying the aircraft on its Operational
Test and Evaluation (OT&E) program.
The program's initial focus will be
on clearing the KC-30A to operate as a
hose-and-drogue tanker for Air Force's
Hornet squadrons, and as a transport
As CO of 33SQN, WGCDR Guy
Wilson heads the world's only KC-30A
squadron. He said 33SQN personnel
were now transferring their lessons from
the classroom to reality.
"The next few months will be the
process of everyone getting some
hands-on experience with the aircraft,"
WGCDR Wilson said.
Members of 33SQN are all too
aware of the impact the KC-30A will
have on Air Force capability.
"It is now the biggest aircraft in the
Air Force, and can fly further than any
other aircraft in the Air Force," he said.
The KC-30A is the fastest aircraft
in Air Force for long-distance cruise. In
the tanker role, the KC-30A can carry
up to 111 tonnes of fuel, and can be
"We're proud to be operating the
world's best tanker, and to be the only
Air Force in the world doing so,"
WGCDR Wilson said.
"The United Kingdom, United Arab
Emirates and Saudi Arabia are also pur-
chasing the aircraft but we are the fore-
runner in introducing it into service.
"From our squadron's perspective, our
challenge is to put into practice everything
we have learned. For the Air Force, the
challenge will be getting used to operating
and supporting this size of aircraft.
"We can fit 270 people on board and
fit as many pallets as a C-130J -- that's
about eight military pallets or 26 airline-
"Any aircraft of this size requires a
lot of support. We need people trained
to refuel it, to provide catering, to load
and unload it, as well as air traffic sup-
port and fire-fighting."
SENGO 33SQN SQNLDR Andrew
Brandham said the scale of the KC-30A
presented significant challenges.
"Even simple things like providing
meals for more than 200 people during
a flight is something we've never actu-
ally done before," SQNLDR Brandham
Giant leap for fleet
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Among his
jobs on the KC-30A, crew attendant
FSGT Talwyn Davies provides food
and refreshment.Photo: ACW Joanne Larsen
said. "We'll be offering support services
to Air Force that have never really been
tested before, so it's a challenge for the
Air Force because we're just not used to
this size of aircraft.
"Everyone's confident and excited
by what the future will bring for the
squadron, but we want to make sure we
get it right."
Next month, WGCDR Wilson will
hand over the reins to WGCDR Geoff
Fox, who is currently learning the ropes
at 33SQN. WGCDR Wilson will be pro-
moted to GPCAPT and become the new
Chief of Staff at Air Lift Group.
OH, WHAT A FEELING: CO 33SQN
WGCDR Guy Wilson is surrounded
by his enthusiastic crew attendants
as they mark the arrival of the
second KC-30A on the tarmac at
RAAF Base Amberley.
Photo: ACW Joanne Larsen
BUSY DAYS: SENGO SQNLDR Andrew Brandham (front) has joined CO
WGCDR Guy Wilson and incoming CO WGCDR Geoff Fox (background) in
preparing for the challenges ahead of operating two new tankers.
Photo: CPL Melanie Schinkel
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