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A Lovely Sight - Boeing 737-7ES Wedgetail

Tue Mar 15, 2005 8:28 pm

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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RE: A Lovely Sight - Boeing 737-7ES Wedgetail

Wed Mar 16, 2005 1:34 am

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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RE: A Lovely Sight - Boeing 737-7ES Wedgetail

Wed Mar 16, 2005 7:03 am




Wow....can you say "parasite drag"?

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RE: A Lovely Sight - Boeing 737-7ES Wedgetail

Wed Mar 16, 2005 10:06 am

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.
 
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RE: A Lovely Sight - Boeing 737-7ES Wedgetail

Wed Mar 16, 2005 10:25 am

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

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RE: A Lovely Sight - Boeing 737-7ES Wedgetail

Wed Mar 16, 2005 11:53 am

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?
 
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RE: A Lovely Sight - Boeing 737-7ES Wedgetail

Wed Mar 16, 2005 12:37 pm

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

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RE: A Lovely Sight - Boeing 737-7ES Wedgetail

Wed Mar 16, 2005 4:21 pm

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.
 
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RE: A Lovely Sight - Boeing 737-7ES Wedgetail

Wed Mar 16, 2005 7:02 pm

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!!
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RE: A Lovely Sight - Boeing 737-7ES Wedgetail

Wed Mar 16, 2005 7:14 pm

I am pretty sure one will be at the Avalon Airshow this weekend.
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RE: A Lovely Sight - Boeing 737-7ES Wedgetail

Thu Mar 17, 2005 8:45 am

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!

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