Remarks: Front end of RAAF 33 Squadron Boeing 707-338C Tanker A20-624, which was formerly Qantas VH-EAD Cn 19624, on static display at Avalon. (The aircraft, in original white livery, was not open for public viewing.) Photo taken at the Avalon International Airshow in March 1995. The aircraft was displayed near USAF KC-135E 62-2594, visible at right. (An Aerospace Technologies of Australia [ASTA] hangar is at rear.)
Remarks: Rare In-Flight Wing View from RAAF 33 Flight Boeing 707-338C A20-624, crossing the West Australian coast (Kimberley region) during an 8.5 hour flight to Butterworth Malaysia in 1980. I was departing on a two year posting to 478 Squadron. (My first flight to Butterworth was in Qantas Boeing 707-338C VH-EAB, Cn 19622 in April 1977). Tanker modified A20-624 also departed Canberra on 22May2008 for Butterworth, taking personnel to Commemorate the RAAF's 50th Anniversary at Butterworth. A20-624 (formerly Qantas VH-EAD) was the last Boeing 707 in RAAF Service, having retired on 30Jun2008, with '29 Years Service to the Nation'. Low res photo. Apologies for quality of this 30 year old photo.
Remarks: RAAF 33 Squadron AAR Tanker A20-624 being refuelled/serviced at the Nadi Airport Terminal in Sep 1992. This was the first visit to Fiji by an Australian military aircraft since the Rabuka Coup in 1987. The aircraft had flown Honolulu to Nadi (6.2 hrs), and continued to RAAF Richmond (4.2 hrs) that day. Low-res photo. Apologies for quality of this photo.
Remarks: Since 19Sep1992, Australian military aircraft routinely transit through Fiji. Wing View of wing/flaps of A20-624 on approach to Nadi Airport. Rare low res photo. Apologies for the quality of this photo.
Remarks: Wing View of the Port Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B engines, taken from taxying RAAF 33 Flight Boeing 707-338C A20-624 on arrival at Air Base Butterworth after an 8.3 hour flight from Sydney in March 1982. (RMAF F-5Es, including FM-2214 are on the apron.) I was returning to 478 Squadron after mid-tour leave. A20-624 also departed Canberra on 22May2008 for Butterworth, taking personnel to Commemorate the RAAF's 50th Anniversary at Butterworth. Low res photo.
Remarks: RAAF 33 Flight Boeing 707-338C A20-624 (Named 'Richmond Town', and in original White livery) about to have baggage unloaded, after arrival at Changi Airport, Singapore on 15July1981. The aircraft arrived from Butterworth Malaysia after a short (1.0 hour) 'International Flight'. The aircraft was on a fortnightly 'personnel rotation' flight from Sydney to Butterworth, with the return staging in SIN. This aircraft was bought from Qantas on 01Apr1979 when she was VH-EAD. She was retired on 30Jun2008. Low res photo.
Remarks: Wing View from RAAF 33 Sqn Boeing 707-338C Tanker A20-624, after take-off from Hickam AFB, Hawaii on 13Jun1994. The B707 was heading for Nadi Fiji (a 6.0 hour trip.) The Military Airfield below is NAS Barber's Point. There are 18 P-3 Orions on the concrete apron at center-left, and 18 more near the top of the photo. This base had more Orions than the entire RAAF P-3 fleet. Helicopters are also visible at lower left. Low res photo.
Remarks: Returning to base after refuelling some Malaysian Hornets, with 2 lucky journalists onboard. Exercise Pitch Black 2008 had been her last operational deployment as she was retired on 30 June 2008, having been in service with RAAF for 29 good years. Farewell 707!
Remarks: RAAF Staff College [52CSC] flew from Fairbairn in 33 Squadron Boeing 707 A20-261, to the 1999 Avalon Airshow on 17Feb99. Photo shows Sister-Ship A20-624 (in Grey livery) on static display at YMAV. A Safair L-100 Hercules is at right. A20-624 was the first and last Boeing 707 in RAAF service. She was retired at Richmond on 30Jun08, and will be sold for Contract AAR work. I would like to see her in the Qantas Longreach Museum, with RAAF livery on one side, and Qantas VH-EAD livery on the other. Low res photo.