Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Wedgetail Downunder

Wedgetail Downunder: "

Following Boeing’s recent revelation that it had completed tests of the counter measures dispenser system (CMDS) for the Australian 737 Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft for Project Wedgetail, it seems the first aircraft has already been delivered. According to my information the first 737, callsign ‘Boeing 201’ departed a gloomy Seattle on Nov 6 – bound for sunnier climes in Australia via Honolulu and Pago Pago. The second Boeing-converted aircraft is also set to follow by the end of the month, confirms the company. Separately Boeing is also expected to announce in the next day or so that the first Australian-completed Wedgetail is due to fly to the United Arab Emirates to participate in the upcoming international show in Dubai. The aircraft, one of four converted and completed at RAAF Amberley, is likely to be the third Wedgetail which first flew in modified form in late January 2008.

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An earlier shot of the first Wedgetail departing Boeing Field on a test flight. (Photo Joe Walker)


(Via Ares.)

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