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A Lovely Sight - Boeing 737-7ES Wedgetail  
User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2735 times:

What a pleasant surprise on my way to work this morning as I glanced up in the sky to see a Boeing 737-7ES Wedgetail - spot plane and all doing some glamour shots around Sydney Harbour.

Any photographers capture this event? I saw a little exerpt on the news this evening.

This is very exciting!


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User currently offlineVenus6971 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1440 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2592 times:

With all the updates in technology I guess the next AWACS type acft will probably fit in a Lear Jet. oop's already has been done the brazialians have bought a package.


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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2465 times:
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Wow....can you say "parasite drag"?

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User currently offlineOzair From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 845 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2384 times:

I saw the footage on the news, I had seen the arrival date on the Boeing website but unfortunately lectures kept me from a visual inspection.

On a side issue any idea why the wedgetail has no winglets? I would have said it would benefit it's cruise profile and since you already have a huge radar beacon above you a reduced radar return couldn't be the answer.


User currently offlineStealthZ From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5678 posts, RR: 45
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2380 times:
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Quoting QANTASforever (Thread starter):
Any photographers capture this event? I saw a little exerpt on the news this evening

Sadly not a great photo op.. flight profile was centred on good shots for photographer in the Hawk not us plebs on the ground.
Best I got was ... http://www.pbase.com/chrisg/image/40859328 as well as nothing like A.net quality it also doesn't show the distintive features that well.

Quoting Ozair (Reply 3):
On a side issue any idea why the wedgetail has no winglets? I would have said it would benefit it's cruise profile and since you already have a huge radar beacon above you a reduced radar return couldn't be the answer.

If you look at my pic.. you will see some kind of antennae on the wingtips (in the plan view they look a little like wheels") this likely precludes winglets

Regards

Chris



If your camera sends text messages, that could explain why your photos are rubbish!
User currently offlineOzair From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 845 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2364 times:

Quoting StealthZ (Reply 4):
If you look at my pic.. you will see some kind of antennae on the wingtips (in the plan view they look a little like wheels") this likely precludes winglets

I thought about that after I posted my reply. That's a great pic, it shows the antennas and sensors that are placed along and underneath the fuselage and wingtips. Where were you when you took the shot? Did it land at Richmond after completion of the flight? Anyone know the route it took to get here?


User currently offlineStealthZ From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5678 posts, RR: 45
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2360 times:
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As far as I know, It left RAAF Williamtown(Callsign Boeing201) and flew down the coast in company with the Hawk did a few orbits near Palm beach then tracked towards the harbour for a few orbits, never came West of about Cremorne Point. I was at Kirribilli near the Sydney Harbour bridge, had thought about Cremorne Point or Bradley's Head..
It then returned North and later in the day I believe visited Canberra on it's way to Avalon for the AIrshow

Glad you liked the pic .. was the best of pretty bad bunch

Regards

Chris



If your camera sends text messages, that could explain why your photos are rubbish!
User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12128 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2338 times:

Even if you could put blended winglets on it (and keep the wing tip sensors), the winglets would mask some areas of the AWACS radar. The Wedgetail is air refuelable from USAF KC-135s and KC-10s. So range or on station time should not be a problem.

User currently offlineStealthZ From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5678 posts, RR: 45
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2329 times:
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Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 7):
The Wedgetail is air refuelable from USAF KC-135s and KC-10s. So range or on station time should not be a problem.

That brings up an interesting question... Are the new RAAF A332 tankers going to have a boom?
I am assuming so as Australia's commitment to JSF would utilise them(or would it as I guess USN and RAF/RN versions would use drogue).. even our F-111s might get a top up from them... for a short while as the F-111 will retire about the same time as the A332s come on line
If RAAF tankers don't have boom(current ones don't) means we rely on USAF for refueling!!



If your camera sends text messages, that could explain why your photos are rubbish!
User currently offlineRyan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1535 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2327 times:

I am pretty sure one will be at the Avalon Airshow this weekend.


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User currently offlineLt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2308 times:

It came through Tinker a few weeks ago-- so our Aussie officers here could get a look. We are training them on AWACS and they are a good bunch. We often pit them in drinking contests against our Co-manning Canadians. I'll let you guess who wins Big grin Good pics by the way. I can't wait untill our exchange officer slots open up down under!

Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns,
Capt-AWACS, I was told there would be no math


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