Aircraft related to search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (9M-MRO): March – April 2014

27 March 2014 (UPDATED 26 May 2014) – Copyright © David Eyre

A list and photos of the aircraft related to the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO which disappeared on 8 March 2014, whilst operating flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people aboard.

The initial search focused on the area of last radio contact in the Gulf of Thailand, and was later expanded to include the Andaman Sea, Bay of Bengal and Malacca Strait. However, analysis of satellite ‘pings’ from the aircraft’s systems indicated that the aircraft had in fact flown to the southern Indian Ocean. As this was in Australia’s search and rescue zone, Australia then took the lead role in coordinating the search effort from 17 March 2014.

The first search flight was flown by a single RAAF Orion on 18 March 2014.

Search operations continued daily except for a full day suspension on 25 March 2014 and 27 April 2014, due to extremely bad weather in the search area. Search operations also ended early on 22 & 23 April 2014, due to bad weather from Tropical Cyclone Jack.

The final search flights were conducted on 28 April 2014, which was the same day that Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and head of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre Angus Houston announced at a press conference in Canberra that the air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 would cease, with the search would be moving into a new phase, focused on a wider sub-sea search.

On 29 April 2014, eight aircraft from seven nations involved in the search gathered at RAAF Pearce for a group photo with many of the military personnel, to mark the end of the Australian part of the air search for MH370. Aircraft in the photo were:

  • 5037 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 3 Kokutai. (RESCUE 932)
  • NZ4204 Lockheed P-3K2 Orion of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 5 Squadron. (RESCUE 795)
  • 168429/LF-429 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) of the US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’ (RESCUE 74/75)
  • 21045 Ilyushin IL-76MD of People’s Liberation Army Air Force (China), 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment. (RESCUE 802)
  • M30-09 Lockheed C-130H-MP Hercules of the Royal Malaysian Air Force, 20 Skuadron. (RESCUE 281)
  • A30-003 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES) of the Royal Australian Air Force, 2 Squadron. (RESCUE 108)
  • A9-… Lockheed AP-3C Orion of the Royal Australian Air Force, 11 Squadron. (RESCUE 102/103/104/105)
  • 950905 Lockheed P-3C-III+ Orion of Republic of Korea Navy, 613 Navy Squadron (RESCUE 86).

Search aircraft commenced returning to the respective home bases from 29 April 2014.

Only one aircraft remains at RAAF Pearce as at 12 May 2014: A9-759 Lockheed AP-3C Orion of 10 Squadron, RAAF – this is on standby, in case any surface debris from MH370 is found by the ships searching the area.

This list and photos includes aircraft directly involved in the search, as well as support and other aircraft, visiting Perth Airport, RAAF Base Pearce, and RAAF Base Learmonth in Western Australia.

AAWA wishes to extend our sincere condolences to the relatives and friends of those aboard this tragic flight.

We also wish to acknowledge the difficult work of the search coordinators and especially the military and civilian aircrews (including State Emergency Service volunteers trained as air observers), who had to spend up to 12 hours aboard the aircraft in the search for any sign of MH370. Aircraft and crews from Australia, New Zealand, USA, China, South Korea, Japan and Malaysia worked together as part of the air search effort.

Registration / Serial / Code Type MSN Operator Call sign NOTES
165834 / 834  Boeing C-40A Clipper  32598/1174  US Navy, VR-58 ‘Sunseekers’ CONVOY 7275  4 April 2014: Arrived Perth Airport from Darwin as CONVOY 7275. Believed to be bringing parts for the P-8s.5 April 2014: Departed back to Darwin on 5 April 2014 with same callsign.
168429 /
LF-429
Boeing P-8A Poseidon 40809/3792 US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan (deployed from Jacksonville, Florida) RESCUE 74 & RESCUE 75 Operated initially from Subang (Malaysia) as part of the search for MH370.18 March 2014: Arrived Perth Airport from Subang on as ‘MY102’.
Operated from Perth Airport. Used callsign RESCUE 74 initially, but RESCUE 75 on 2 & 3 April 2014.
10 April 2014: Departed Perth Airport to Subang and Kadena Air Base (Japan) as ‘MY102’.
22 April 2014: Returned to Perth Airport from Kadena using callsign ‘AU104’, to replace 168439.
24 April 2014: 168429 flew its first mission for this second visit, as ‘RESCUE 75’.
28 April 2014: Flew its final search flight as RESCUE 74. Air search was officially called off the same day, but this aircraft completed its mission.
29 April 2014: Flew a short flight from Perth Airport to RAAF Pearce as RESCUE 74, where it was photographed in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. Returned to Perth Airport in the afternoon.
1 May 2014: Departed Perth to Kadena Air Base, Japan, using callsign ‘AU104’.
168430 /
LF-430
Boeing P-8A Poseidon 40810/3879 US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan (deployed from Jacksonville, Florida) RESCUE 74 & RESCUE 75 28 March 2014: Arrived at Perth Airport from Kadena as ‘TALON 101’.
Operated from Perth Airport. Used callsign RESCUE 75 initially, but RESCUE 74 on 1 April 2014.
Later had avionics problems.
7 April 2014: Conducted test flight Perth – Albany – Perth as ‘TALON 78’.
8 April 2014: Resumed search flights as RESCUE 75.
10 April 2014: Departed Perth Airport to Subang, Malaysia and Kadena Air Base, Japan as ‘TALON 101’.
168433 / LF-433 Boeing P-8A Poseidon 40813/4055 US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan (deployed from Jacksonville, Florida)  AU105 26 April 2014: Arrived at Perth Airport from Kadena using callsign ‘AU105’. Arrived fitted with underwing weapons pylons. Was intended to replace 168438, which left Perth for Kadena the same day.
Remained parked at Perth Airport (never flew any search flights), as the search was suspended on 27 April 2014 due to bad weather, then the air search was called off on 28 April 2014.
1 May 2014: Departed Perth Airport to RAAF Darwin  as ‘AU105’. Departure was delayed a few hours, due to technical issues.
168438 /
LF-438
Boeing P-8A Poseidon 40818/4294 US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan (deployed from Jacksonville, Florida) RESCUE 74 / RESCUE 75
10 April 2014: Arrived Perth Airport from Kadena Air Base, Japan, using callsign ‘AU103’.
Operated from Perth Airport.
11 April 2014: First search flight conducted, using callsign ‘RESCUE 74’. Later also used callsign ‘RESCUE 75’.
26 April 2014: Departed Perth Airport to Kadena Air Base, Japan, using callsign ‘AU103’. Replaced by another P-8, 168433, which arrived the same day.
168439 /
LF-439
Boeing P-8A Poseidon  40819/4331 US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan (deployed from Jacksonville, Florida)  RESCUE 74 / RESCUE 75
6 April 2014: Arrived at Perth Airport from Kadena Air Base, Japan, using callsign ‘AU102’.
Operated from Perth Airport.
7 April 2014: First search flight, using callsign ‘RESCUE 74’. Later also used ‘RESCUE 75’ callsign.
22 April 2014: Departed Perth Airport to Kadena Air Base (Japan), using callsign ‘AU102’. Replaced by 168429, which arrived at Perth the same day.
950905 Lockheed P-3C-III+ Orion 285K-5834 Republic of Korea Navy, 613 Navy Squadron, Pohang Air Base, South Korea. RESCUE 86 25 March 2014: Arrived at RAAF Pearce from Subang, Malaysia, as ‘RESCUE 86’.
Operated from Pearce.
29 April 2014: Was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search.
1 May 2014: Departed RAAF Pearce to RAAF Darwin as ‘KOREAN NAVY 905’.
05-183 Lockheed C-130H Hercules 382-5183 Republic of Korea Air Force, 5 TATW/251st Tactical Air Support Squadron, Gimhae Air Base, South Korea. RESCUE 87 25 March 2014: Arrived at RAAF Pearce from Subang, Malaysia, as ‘RESCUE 87’.
Operated from Pearce.
11 April 2014: Departed RAAF Pearce to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, using callsign ‘ARG 102’.
A9-658 Lockheed AP-3C Orion 285D-5782 RAAF, 11 Sqn, RAAF Base Edinburgh, SA For the RAAF Orions, callsigns refer to crews, and may be used on any of the available aircraft.
Callsigns used include RESCUE 102, RESCUE 103, RESCUE 104, and RESCUE 105.
RAAF Orions rotated through Pearce to keep flight hours balanced throughout the fleet, due to higher than normal utilisation on search operations.
28 April 2014: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that although air search operations have ceased, one RAAF Orion (A9-759) would be kept on standby at RAAF Pearce, in case the marine search discovers any surface debris from MH370.29 April 2014: One RAAF Orion of 11 Squadron was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search.
29 April 2014: An unidentified 10 Squadron Orion departed RAAF Pearce as ‘STRIKER 30’ to RAAF Edinburgh.30 April 2014: An unidentified 11 Squadron Orion departed RAAF Pearce as ‘SHEPHERD 12’ to RAAF Edinburgh. 
Operated from Pearce.Arrival and departure details unknown.
A9-659 Lockheed AP-3C Orion 285D-5784 RAAF, 11 Sqn, RAAF Base Edinburgh, SA Operated from Pearce.Arrival and departure details unknown.
A9-662 Lockheed AP-3C Orion 285D-5789 RAAF, 11 Sqn, RAAF Base Edinburgh, SA Operated from Pearce.
Later grounded due to cracked windscreen. Subsequently repaired and returned to search operations.
Arrival and departure details unknown.
A9-664 Lockheed AP-3C Orion  285D-5793  RAAF, 11 Sqn, RAAF Base Edinburgh, SA Operated from Pearce.Arrival and departure details unknown.
A9-751 Lockheed AP-3C Orion  285D-5657  RAAF, 10 Sqn, RAAF Base Edinburgh, SA  Operated from Pearce.Arrival and departure details unknown.
A9-752 Lockheed AP-3C Orion 285D-5658 RAAF, 10 Sqn, RAAF Base Edinburgh, SA Operated from Pearce.Arrival and departure details unknown.
A9-753 Lockheed AP-3C Orion 285D-5660 RAAF, 10 Sqn, RAAF Base Edinburgh, SA Operated from Pearce. Arrival and departure details unknown.
A9-759 Lockheed AP-3C Orion 285D-5674 RAAF, 10 Sqn, RAAF Base Edinburgh, SA Operated from Pearce.
‘20,000 Operational Hours’ logo on the left side of nose – this was one of two Orions (the other was A9-665) deployed to Al Minhad Air Base (UAE) for operations over Afghanistan. They achieved 20,000 operational hours in the Middle East theatre of operations on 15 August 2011. 31 March 2014: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott had his photo taken in front of this aircraft when he visited RAAF Pearce to thank aircrews for their efforts in the air search for MH370.
Still at RAAF Pearce on standby, in case the sea  search discovers any surface debris from MH370.
A30-001 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES) 33474/1245 RAAF, 2 Sqn, RAAF Base Williamtown, NSW RESCUE 107
3 April 2014: Arrived at Perth Airport from RAAF Williamtown using callsign ‘MITCHELL 11’. Departed back to RAAF Williamtown same day, using same callsign.4 April 2014: Arrived back at Perth Airport from RAAF Williamtown using callsign ‘MITCHELL 12’.
5 April 2014: Operated from Perth Airport from 5 April 2014. Used callsign RESCUE 107. Used as a coordination and communications relay aircraft for search activities.
7 April 2014: Departed Perth Airport to RAAF Williamtown using callsign ‘MITCHELL 11’. Replaced by A30-006, which arrived at Perth the same day.
A30-002 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES)  33542/1232 RAAF, 2 Sqn, RAAF Williamtown, NSW WEDGETAIL 13
WEDGETAIL 01
MITCHELL 02
13 April 2014: Arrived at RAAF Learmonth from RAAF Edinburgh as WEDGETAIL 13.
14 April 2014: Departed RAAF Learmonth to RAAF Williamtown as WEDGETAIL 13.
24 April 2014: Arrived at RAAF Learmonth from RAAF Williamtown as WEDGETAIL 01.
25 April 2014: Departed RAAF Learmonth to RAAF Williamtown as ‘MITCHELL 02’.
A30-003 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES)  33476/1810 RAAF, 2 Sqn, RAAF Williamtown, NSW RESCUE 108 18 April 2014: Arrived at RAAF Learmonth from RAAF Williamtown, using callsign ‘MITCHELL 7’.
19 April 2014: Coordination and communications relay aircraft for search activities – used callsign RESCUE 108 from 19 April 2014.
29 April 2014: Flew from RAAF Learmonth to RAAF Pearce as callsign ‘MITCHELL 10’, where it was photographed in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. Departed RAAF Pearce in the afternoon, direct to RAAF Williamtown as ‘MITCHELL 10’.
A30-005 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES) 33896/1934 RAAF, 2 Sqn, RAAF Base Williamtown, NSW RESCUE 106 31 March 2014: Arrived at Perth Airport from RAAF Williamtown using callsign ‘MITCHELL 10’.
Operated from Perth Airport. Coordination and communications relay aircraft for search activities using callsign ‘RESCUE 106’.
8 April 2014: Departed Perth Airport to RAAF Learmonth, to operate search coordination flights from there, as this was closer to the search area.
30 April 2014: Departed RAAF Learmonth to RAAF Williamtown as ‘WEDGETAIL 07’.
A30-006 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES)  33987/1991  RAAF, 2 Sqn, RAAF Williamtown, NSW  RESCUE 107
7 April 2014: Arrived at Perth Airport from RAAF Williamtown using callsign ‘MITCHELL 1’. Arrived to replace A30-001.
8 April 2014: Operated from Perth Airport  as coordination and communications relay aircraft for search activities, using callsign RESCUE 107
9 April 2014: Departed Perth Airport to RAAF Learmonth, to operate search coordination flights from there,as this was closer to the search area.
19 April 2014: Departed RAAF Learmonth to RAAF Williamtown, using callsign ‘MITCHELL 7’.
A32-426 Beech B300 King Air 350
FL-426 RAAF, 38 Sqn, RAAF Townsville, QLD DINGO 47 &
DINGO 33
25 April 2014: Arrived at RAAF Pearce from RAAF Townsville via Ayers Rock as ‘DINGO 47’.
Used as a support/liaison aircraft, operating between RAAF Pearce and RAAF Learmonth.
27 April 2014: Flew first support flight as ‘DINGO 33’.
30 April 2014: Departed RAAF Pearce to Alice Springs then RAAF Townsville, as ‘DINGO 47’.
A32-439  Beech B300 King Air 350  FL-439  RAAF, 38 Sqn, RAAF Townsville, QLD  DINGO 51  28 March 2014: Arrived at Perth Airport. Used as a support/liaison aircraft.
3 April 2014: Last noted in Perth/Pearce area. Presumed to have returned to RAAF Townsville.
A32-670  Beech B300 King Air 350  FL-670  RAAF, 38 Sqn, RAAF Townsville, QLD  DINGO 33  8 April 2014: Arrived at RAAF Pearce. Used as a support/liaison aircraft between RAAF Pearce and RAAF Learmonth.
24 April 2014: Departed RAAF Pearce to Alice Springs, then its home base at RAAF Townsville, as ‘DINGO 33’.
A36-002 Boeing 737-7DT (BBJ)
30790/613 RAAF, 34 Sqn, RAAF Fairbairn, Canberra, ACT ENVOY 09
ENVOY 24
30 March 2014: Arrived at Perth Airport from Canberra using callsign ENVOY 09. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was aboard. He visited RAAF Pearce the next day to thank search aircrews, but was also in Perth to support the Liberal Party campaign for the Senate Election.
1 April 2014: Departed Perth Airport to Melbourne as ENVOY 09.
3 April 2014: Returned to Perth Airport from Canberra as ENVOY 24, to collect Prime Minister Tony Abbott, after he met with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who visited RAAF Pearce that day to thank search aircrews and received an update on progress. A36-002 departed back to Canberra the same day as ENVOY 24.
A41-206 Boeing C-17A Globemaster III  F-166/AUS-1 RAAF, 36 Sqn, RAAF Amberley, QLD  STALLION 66 (3/4 April 2014)
STALLION 15 (7 April 2014)
3 April 2014: Arrived at RAAF Pearce as ‘STALLION 66’.
4 April 2014: Departed to RAAF Edinburgh as ‘STALLION 66’.
7 April 2014: Arrived at RAAF Learmonth as ‘STALLION 15’. Departure details unknown.
A41-208 Boeing C-17A Globemaster III F-183/AUS-3 RAAF, 36 Sqn, RAAF Amberley, QLD STALLION 74 28 March 2014: Arrived at RAAF Pearce from Naval Air Station Nowra, NSW, with Royal Australian Navy Sikorsky S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter N24-006/(8)75 aboard. The Seahawk was for the Anzac-class frigate HMAS Toowoomba (FFH 156) which later departed HMAS Stirling at Garden Island, WA to join in the surface search for MH370.
Photos of the C-17 arriving at RAAF Pearce and offloading the Seahawk.
29 March 2014: A41-208 departed RAAF Pearce to RAAF Amberley.
A41-209 Boeing C-17A Globemaster III F174/P209/AUS-4 RAAF, 36 Sqn, RAAF Amberley, QLD STALLION 35 21 April 2014: Arrived at RAAF Pearce from RAAF Edinburgh as STALLION 35.
Providing logistics support for the RAAF Orions deployed to Pearce.
22 April 2014: Departed RAAF Pearce to RAAF Edinburgh as STALLION 35.
A97-442 Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules 382-5442 RAAF, 37 Sqn, RAAF Base Richmond, NSW RESCUE 160 19 March 2014: Arrived at RAAF Pearce from RAAF Richmond via RAAF Edinburgh as ‘AUSY 481’.
Operated from Pearce as ‘RESCUE 160’ – manually dropped four self-locating data marker buoys from the rear ramp. The buoys descended with to the sea surface on parachutes and then transmitted ocean current data and drift patterns to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority via satellite.
21 March 2014: Departed RAAF Pearce as ‘AUSY 481’.
A97-449 Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules  382-5449 RAAF, 37 Sqn, RAAF Base Richmond, NSW TROJAN 35 7 April 2014: Arrived at RAAF Pearce from RAAF Williamtown as TROJAN 35. Departed RAAF Pearce to RAAF Edinburgh.
8 April 2014: Arrived at RAAF Learmonth from RAAF Edinburgh as TROJAN 35.
9 April 2014: Departed to Richmond?
A97-465 Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules 382-5465 RAAF, 37 Sqn, RAAF Base Richmond, NSW TROJAN 01 14 April 2014: Arrived at RAAF Pearce from RAAF Edinburgh. Presumably carrying logistics support for RAAF Orions.
15 April 2014: Departed Pearce  to RAAF Edinburgh.
N24-006 / (8)75
Sikorsky S-70B-2 Seahawk  70-0480 RAN, 816 Sqn ‘Tigers’, NAS Nowra, NSW. TIGER 75 28 March 2014: Arrived at Pearce at 6:15pm aboard A41-208 Boeing C-17A Globemaster III of 36 Sqn, RAAF, arriving from Naval Air Station Nowra, NSW, .  The Seahawk was for the Anzac-class frigate HMAS Toowoomba (FFH 156) which later departed HMAS Stirling at Garden Island, WA to join in the surface search for MH370.
Photos of the C-17 arriving at RAAF Pearce and offloading the Seahawk.
Photos of N24-006 / (8)75 aboard HMAS Toowoomba during the search operations
9M-NAA Airbus A319-115X CJ 2949 Malaysian Government
(operated by Jet Premier One (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd)
NR 1 2 April 2014: Arrived at Perth Airport late at night   from Subang, Malaysia, with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak aboard, using callsign ‘NOVEMBER ROMEO 1″ (the PM’s initials).
3 April 2014: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak visited RAAF Pearce in the morning to thank the aircrews conducting the search for MH370, and later received an update on search operations at the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, together with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Departed Perth that afternoon with the Malaysian PM aboard, direct to Hanoi (Vietnam), where the Malaysian PM started a brief official visit.
M30-09 Lockheed C-130H-MP Hercules 382-4866 Royal Malaysian Air Force, 20 Skuadron, Subang Air Base, Malaysia RESCUE 281
6 April 2014: Arrived at RAAF Pearce using callsign ‘RMF462’.
8/9 April 2014: Noted using callsign ‘RESCUE 281’  from RAAF Learmonth and RAAF Pearce.
29 April 2014: Was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the search.
Later that night, departed RAAF Pearce to Jakarta-Halim (Indonesia) and Subang (Malaysia), using callsign ‘RMF460A’.
M30-12 Lockheed C-130H-30 Hercules 382-5277 Royal Malaysian Air Force, 20 Skuadron, Subang Air Base, Malaysia RESCUE 281 29 March 2014: Arrived at RAAF Pearce from Jakarta-Halim using callsign ‘RMF460A’.
Also shows as callsign ‘ALLIED 1’ on SBS logs (ADS-B hexcode 7500D2).
29 April 2014: Conducted a one-hour test flight from RAAF Pearce at 1245-1345.
Did not fly again until it departed Pearce.
9 May 2014: Departed Pearce at 11:18pm to Jakarta-Halim (Indonesia) and Subang (Malaysia). Callsign unknown. Arrived back at Subang at 11am on 10 May 2014.
M30-16 Lockheed C-130H-30 Hercules 382-5319 Royal Malaysian Air Force, 20 Skuadron, Subang Air Base, Malaysia RESCUE 282 29 March 2014: Arrived Pearce from Jakarta-Halim on  using callsign ‘RMF460B’.
29 April 2014: Conducted a one-hour test flight from RAAF Pearce at 1245-1345.
Later that night, departed RAAF Pearce to Jakarta-Halim (Indonesia) and Subang (Malaysia), using callsign ‘RMF460B’.
NZ4203 Lockheed P-3K2 Orion 185-5200 RNZAF, 5 Sqn, RNZAF Base Auckland, New Zealand RESCUE 795 18 March 2014: Arrived at RAAF Pearce from Butterworth Air Base (Penang, Malaysia) using callsign ‘KIWI 795’, but later departed back to Butterworth and Dubai, then the UK for an exercise.
Replaced by NZ4204, which used the same callsign.
NZ4204 Lockheed P-3K2 Orion 185-5202 RNZAF, 5 Sqn, RNZAF Base Auckland, New Zealand RESCUE 795 19 March 2014: Arrived at RAAF Pearce as ‘KIWI 027’, replaced NZ4203.
Operated from Pearce as RESCUE 795.
29 April 2014: Was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the search.
30 April 2014: Departed RAAF Pearce to RAAF Richmond as ‘KIWI 795’.
1 May 2014: Departed RAAF Richmond to RNZAF Whenuapai, New Zealand.
20541 Ilyushin IL-76MD 0083486570 PLAAF, 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Dangyang, China RESCUE 801 22 March 2014: Arrived at Perth Airport as ‘China Air Force 541’. After half an hour on ground, flew to RAAF Pearce for a formal welcome by Acting Prime Minister Warren Truss. Media incorrectly reported that the landing at Perth was a mistake.
Could not operate from Pearce with full fuel load.
24 March 2014: Returned to Perth Airport in the early hours of the morning on 24 March to refuel and commence search ops as ‘RESCUE 801’.
Operated from Perth Airport from then onwards –  usually one of the two IL-76s flew on each day of the search.
Departed Perth Airport to Subang, Malaysia on 3 May 2014 as ‘China Air Force 541’.
21045 Ilyushin IL-76MD 1033416524 PLAAF, 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Dangyang, China RESCUE 802 22 March 2014: Arrived at Perth Airport as ‘China Air Force 045’. After half an hour on ground, flew to RAAF Pearce for a formal welcome by Acting Prime Minister Warren Truss. Media incorrectly reported that the landing at Perth was a mistake.
Could not operate from RAAF Pearce with full fuel load.
24 March 2014: Returned to Perth Airport in the early hours of the morning on 24 March to refuel and commence search ops as ‘RESCUE 802’.
Operated from Perth Airport from then onwards –  usually one of the two IL-76s flew on each day of the search.
29 April 2014: Flew a short flight from Perth Airport to RAAF Pearce as RESCUE 802, where it was photographed in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the search. Returned to Perth Airport in the afternoon.
Departed Perth Airport to Subang, Malaysia on 3 May 2014 as ‘China Air Force 045’.
5031 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion   9028 JMSDF, 3 Kokutai, Atsugi NAS, Japan RESCUE 931 (from 12 April)
9 April 2014: Arrived at RAAF Pearce from Subang Air Base, Malaysia as ‘Japan Navy 31’.
5031 & 5037 arrived as replacements for 5056 & 5060, which departed RAAF Pearce on 11 April 2014.
Operated from RAAF Pearce as RESCUE 931.
12 April 2014: Operated first search flight.
30 April 2014: Departed RAAF Pearce to Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore as ‘Japan Navy 31’.
5037 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion   9034 JMSDF, 3 Kokutai, Atsugi NAS, Japan RESCUE 932 (from 12 April) 9 April 2014: Arrived at RAAF Pearce from Subang Air Base, Malaysia as ‘Japan Navy 37’.
5031 & 5037 arrived as replacements for 5056 & 5060, which departed RAAF Pearce on 11 April 2014.
Operated from RAAF Pearce as RESCUE 932.
12 April 2014: Operated first search flight.
29 April 2014: Was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the search.
30 April 2014: Departed RAAF Pearce to Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore as ‘Japan Navy 37’.
5056 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion 9053 JMSDF, 5 Kokutai, Naha Air Base, Okinawa, Japan RESCUE 931 23 March 2014: Arrived at RAAF Pearce from Subang (Malaysia) as ‘Japan Navy 56’.
Operated from RAAF Pearce as RESCUE 931.
5056 & 5060 were replaced by 5031 & 5037, which arrived on 9 April 2014.
11 April 2014: 5056 departed RAAF Pearce as ‘Japan Navy 56’ to Subang (Malaysia).
12 April 2014: Departed Subang to Japan.
5060 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion 9057 JMSDF, 5 Kokutai, Naha Air Base, Okinawa, Japan RESCUE 932 23 March 2014: Arrived at RAAF Pearce from Subang (Malaysia) as ‘Japan Navy 60’.
Operated from Pearce as RESCUE 932.
5056 & 5060 were replaced by 5031 & 5037, which arrived on 9 April 2014.
11 April 2014: 5060 departed RAAF Pearce as ‘Japan Navy 60’ to Subang (Malaysia).
12 April 2014: Departed Subang to Japan.
JA500A / LAJ500 Gulfstream Aerospace U-4 (G-V) “Umi Washi” (Sea Eagle) 683 Japan Coast Guard, 3rd Region, Tokyo-Haneda Airport, Japan RESCUE 933 The U-4 is a maritime patrol version of the G-V, equipped with a Thales high performance maritime surveillance radar and FLIR system.
26 March 2014: Arrived at RAAF Pearce from Subang Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘JA500A’.
Operated from Pearce as RESCUE 933.
3 April 2014: Departed back to Japan as ‘JA500A’.
N794CK Boeing 747-222B(SF) 23737/675 Kalitta Air CONNIE 562
CONNIE 9201
26 March 2014: Arrived at Perth Airport from Hong Kong as CONNIE 562.
Delivered the US Navy’s Bluefin-21 (TPL-25) Towed Pinger Locater from New York-JFK via Anchorage (Alaska) and Hong Kong. This was towed behind the Australian Defence Vessel (ADV) Ocean Shield, to try to locate the beacon on the Flight Data Recorder of MH370.
27 March 2014: Departed back to Hong Kong as CONNIE 9201. From Hong Kong, it flew to Khabarovsk as CONNIE 827, then to Anchorage, Chicago O’Hare and New York-JFK.
RA-76950 Ilyushin IL-76TD-90VD 2053420697 Volga-Dnepr Airlines AUSY 106 8 May 2014: Arrived into Perth Airport as flight ‘ASY106’, on an Australian Defence Force charter flight from Al Minhad Air Base, UAE with stops at Male (Maldives) and Cocos Keeling Island.
Carrying search and rescue equipment.
9 May 2014: Departed Perth Airport to RAAF Edinburgh. The search and rescue equipment was to be loaded onto a ship at Adelaide.
10 May 2014: Departed RAAF Edinburgh to Sultan Johor Bahru (Malaysia) as flight ‘VDA106’.
VH-ICV Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express XRS
9393 ExecuJet Australia Pty Ltd ICV 21 March 2014: Arrived in Perth from Subang (Kuala Lumpur), after completing charters unrelated to the MH370 search.
Civilian search aircraft. Operated from Perth on search flights for two days.
23 March 2014: Departed Perth to Sydney.
VH-LAL Gulfstream Aerospace G550 (GV-SP) 5259 Little Aviation Pty Ltd LAL 22 March 2014: Arrived in Perth from Essendon. Civilian search aircraft. Operated from Perth.
28 March 2014: Departed Perth to Essendon.
30 March 2014: Again chartered by AMSA, to search for a fishing support vessel after an emergency beacon was detected about 3,200 km SW of Perth – the aircraft flew Essendon direct to the search area and returned to Perth. An RAAF Orion involved in the MH370 search was also re-tasked to this search. 31 March 2014: VH-LAL returned to Essendon.
3 April 2014: Returned to Perth to conduct more  search flights.
10 April 2014: Departed Perth to Essendon?
VH-LAW Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express XRS
9299 Walker Air Service LAW Named “Spirit of Kokomo”.
3 April 2014: Arrived at Perth Airport from Sydney.
Civilian search aircraft. Operated from Perth Airport on search operations from 3 April 2014.
10 April 2014: Departed Perth to Sydney.
VH-OCV Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express XRS 9326 ExecuJet Australia Pty Ltd OCV 22 March 2014: Arrived in Perth from Subang (Kuala Lumpur) after completing charters unrelated to the MH370 search.
Civilian search aircraft. Operated from Perth on search flights until 30 March 2014.
30 March 2014: Stayed in Perth on other charter flights unrelated to the MH370 search.
VH-PPD Dassault Falcon 900C  185  Maxem Aviation Pty Ltd   PPD Civilian search aircraft. Normally based at Perth.
3 April 2014: Chartered for search flights. Departed Perth for Carnarvon. Operated from Learmonth (refuelling at Learmonth and Carnarvon).
8 April 2014: Returned to Perth for a rest day on 9 April.
10 April 2014: Resumed search flights from Learmonth.
VH-TGG Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express XRS 9368 ExecuJet Australia Pty Ltd TGG Civilian search aircraft.
21 March 2014: Flew from Essendon to Adelaide, to collect spare aircrew, then to Perth.
Operated from Perth.
30 March 2014: Departed Perth to Essendon.
VH-VHD Airbus A319-115CJ 1999 Skytraders Pty Ltd SNOWBIRD 1 Civilian search aircraft.
22 March 2014: Arrived at Perth Airport from Darwin.
Operated from Perth.
23 March 2014: First search flight.
28 March 2014: Departed Perth to Darwin.
VH-VRE  Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604   5561 ExecuJet Australia Pty Ltd  VRE  Civilian search aircraft.
14 April 2014: Arrived at Perth from Ravensthorpe after a charter unrelated to the search for MH370.
15 April 2014: Commenced operating search flights 17 April 2014: Final search flight.
Remained at Perth. 
VH-VSZ  Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604   5411 ExecuJet Australia Pty Ltd  VSZ Civilian search aircraft.
6 April 2014: Arrived at Perth Airport from Sydney.
7 April 2014: Flew to Learmonth and operated from from Perth Airport and Learmonth (returning to Perth every second night).
16 April 2014: Final search flight.
17 April 2014: Departed Perth Airport to Sydney.
ZK-KFB Gulfstream G650 6043 ExecuJet New Zealand Ltd
ZK-KFB 25 March 2014: Arrived at Perth Airport, direct from Wellington, New Zealand.
Civilian search and communications relay aircraft. Operated from Perth.
16 April 2014: Departed Perth direct to Wellington, NZ.

 

MV Hai Xun 01 entering Fremantle Harbour at 10:16 am Saturday 14 June 2014
MV Hai Xun 01 entering Fremantle Harbour at 10:16 am Saturday 14 June 2014
This is China’s largest patrol vessel, operated by the China Coast Guard, and has been Involved
in the search for the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 that went missing on 8th March 2014
Photo © Keith Anderson
MV Hai Xun 01 entering Fremantle Harbour at 10:16 am Saturday 14 June 2014
MV Hai Xun 01 entering Fremantle Harbour at 10:16 am Saturday 14 June 2014
This is China’s largest patrol vessel, operated by the China Coast Guard, and has been Involved
in the search for the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 that went missing on 8th March 2014
Photo © Keith Anderson
MV Hai Xun 01 entering Fremantle Harbour at 10:16 am Saturday 14 June 2014
MV Hai Xun 01 entering Fremantle Harbour at 10:16 am Saturday 14 June 2014
This is China’s largest patrol vessel, operated by the China Coast Guard, and has been Involved
in the search for the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 that went missing on 8th March 2014
Photo © Keith Anderson
Chines PLA-Navy ship Zhu Kezhen (872) leaving Fremantle Harbour at 10:13 am Saturday 14 June 2014
Chines PLA-Navy ship Zhu Kezhen (872) leaving Fremantle Harbour at 10:13 am Saturday 14 June 2014
This ship has been conducting a bathymetric survey (mapping the ocean floor) in the southern Indian Ocean in the hopes of finding the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370
Photo © Keith Anderson
Chines PLA-Navy ship Zhu Kezhen (872) leaving Fremantle Harbour at 10:13 am Saturday 14 June 2014
Chines PLA-Navy ship Zhu Kezhen (872) leaving Fremantle Harbour at 10:13 am Saturday 14 June 2014
This ship has been conducting a bathymetric survey (mapping the ocean floor) in the southern Indian Ocean in the hopes of finding the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370
Photo © Keith Anderson

 

RA-76950 Ilyushin IL-76TD-90VD (MSN 2053420697) of Volga-Dnepr Airlines, named 'Vladimir Kokkinaki', at Perth Airport – Fri 9 May 2014. Photo © Steve Jaksic
RA-76950 Ilyushin IL-76TD-90VD (MSN 2053420697) of Volga-Dnepr Airlines, named ‘Vladimir Kokkinaki’, at Perth Airport – Fri 9 May 2014.
Seen during pushback and engine start at 10:50, preparing to depart Perth to RAAF Edinburgh, South Australia. The aircraft arrived the previous day (8 May 2014) on an Australian Defence Force charter flight from Al Minhad Air Base, UAE with stops at Male (Maldives) and Cocos Keeling Island, using callsign ‘AUSY 106’, carrying search and rescue equipment associated with the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Upon arriving at RAAF Edinburgh, the search and rescue equipment was to be loaded onto a ship at Adelaide. On 10 May 2014, the IL-76 departed RAAF Edinburgh to Johor Bahru (Malaysia) as flight VDA107.
Photo © Steve Jaksic
RA-76950 Ilyushin IL-76TD-90VD (MSN 2053420697) of Volga-Dnepr Airlines, named 'Vladimir Kokkinaki', at Perth Airport – Fri 9 May 2014. Photo © Steve Jaksic
RA-76950 Ilyushin IL-76TD-90VD (MSN 2053420697) of Volga-Dnepr Airlines, named ‘Vladimir Kokkinaki’, at Perth Airport – Fri 9 May 2014
Seen during pushback and engine start at 10:50, preparing to depart Perth to RAAF Edinburgh, South Australia. The aircraft arrived the previous day (8 May 2014) on an Australian Defence Force charter flight from Al Minhad Air Base, UAE with stops at Male (Maldives) and Cocos Keeling Island, using callsign ‘AUSY 106’, carrying search and rescue equipment associated with the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Upon arriving at RAAF Edinburgh, the search and rescue equipment was to be loaded onto a ship at Adelaide. On 10 May 2014, the IL-76 departed RAAF Edinburgh to Johor Bahru (Malaysia) as flight VDA107.
Photo © Steve Jaksic
RA-76950 Ilyushin IL-76TD-90VD (MSN 2053420697) of Volga-Dnepr Airlines, named 'Vladimir Kokkinaki', at Perth Airport – Fri 9 May 2014. Photo © Steve Jaksic
RA-76950 Ilyushin IL-76TD-90VD (MSN 2053420697) of Volga-Dnepr Airlines, named ‘Vladimir Kokkinaki’, at Perth Airport – Fri 9 May 2014
Seen taxying out at 11:04, to depart to RAAF Edinburgh, South Australia. The aircraft arrived the previous day (8 May 2014) on an Australian Defence Force charter flight from Al Minhad Air Base, UAE with stops at Male (Maldives) and Cocos Keeling Island, using callsign ‘AUSY 106’, carrying search and rescue equipment associated with the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Upon arriving at RAAF Edinburgh, the search and rescue equipment was to be loaded onto a ship at Adelaide. On 10 May 2014, the IL-76 departed RAAF Edinburgh to Johor Bahru (Malaysia) as flight VDA107.
Photo © Steve Jaksic
RA-76950 Ilyushin IL-76TD-90VD (MSN 2053420697) of Volga-Dnepr Airlines, named 'Vladimir Kokkinaki', at Perth Airport – Fri 9 May 2014. Photo © Steve Jaksic
RA-76950 Ilyushin IL-76TD-90VD (MSN 2053420697) of Volga-Dnepr Airlines, named ‘Vladimir Kokkinaki’, at Perth Airport – Fri 9 May 2014
Seen taxying out at 11:04, to depart to RAAF Edinburgh, South Australia. The aircraft arrived the previous day (8 May 2014) on an Australian Defence Force charter flight from Al Minhad Air Base, UAE with stops at Male (Maldives) and Cocos Keeling Island, using callsign ‘AUSY 106’, carrying search and rescue equipment associated with the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Upon arriving at RAAF Edinburgh, the search and rescue equipment was to be loaded onto a ship at Adelaide. On 10 May 2014, the IL-76 departed RAAF Edinburgh to Johor Bahru (Malaysia) as flight VDA107.
Photo © Steve Jaksic
RA-76950 Ilyushin IL-76TD-90VD (MSN 2053420697) of Volga-Dnepr Airlines, named 'Vladimir Kokkinaki', at Perth Airport – Fri 9 May 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
RA-76950 Ilyushin IL-76TD-90VD (MSN 2053420697) of Volga-Dnepr Airlines , named ‘Vladimir Kokkinaki’, at Perth Airport – Fri 9 May 2014.
Taking off from runway 21 at 11:07 to RAAF Edinburgh, South Australia. The aircraft arrived the previous day (8 May 2014) on an Australian Defence Force charter flight from Al Minhad Air Base, UAE with stops at Male (Maldives) and Cocos Keeling Island, using callsign ‘AUSY 106’, carrying search and rescue equipment associated with the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Upon arriving at RAAF Edinburgh, the search and rescue equipment was to be loaded onto a ship at Adelaide. On 10 May 2014, the IL-76 departed RAAF Edinburgh to Johor Bahru (Malaysia) as flight VDA107.
Photo © Keith Anderson
RA-76950 Ilyushin IL-76TD-90VD (MSN 2053420697) of Volga-Dnepr Airlines, named 'Vladimir Kokkinaki', at Perth Airport – Fri 9 May 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
RA-76950 Ilyushin IL-76TD-90VD (MSN 2053420697) of Volga-Dnepr Airlines, named ‘Vladimir Kokkinaki’, at Perth Airport – Fri 9 May 2014
Taking off from runway 21 at 11:07 to RAAF Edinburgh, South Australia. The aircraft arrived the previous day (8 May 2014) on an Australian Defence Force charter flight from Al Minhad Air Base, UAE with stops at Male (Maldives) and Cocos Keeling Island, using callsign ‘AUSY 106’, carrying search and rescue equipment associated with the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Upon arriving at RAAF Edinburgh, the search and rescue equipment was to be loaded onto a ship at Adelaide. On 10 May 2014, the IL-76 departed RAAF Edinburgh to Johor Bahru (Malaysia) as flight VDA107.
Photo © Keith Anderson
RA-76950 Ilyushin IL-76TD-90VD (MSN 2053420697) of Volga-Dnepr Airlines, named 'Vladimir Kokkinaki', at Perth Airport – Fri 9 May 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
RA-76950 Ilyushin IL-76TD-90VD (MSN 2053420697) of Volga-Dnepr Airlines, named ‘Vladimir Kokkinaki’, at Perth Airport – Fri 9 May 2014
Taking off from runway 21 at 11:07 to RAAF Edinburgh, South Australia. The aircraft arrived the previous day (8 May 2014) on an Australian Defence Force charter flight from Al Minhad Air Base, UAE with stops at Male (Maldives) and Cocos Keeling Island, using callsign ‘AUSY 106’, carrying search and rescue equipment associated with the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Upon arriving at RAAF Edinburgh, the search and rescue equipment was to be loaded onto a ship at Adelaide. On 10 May 2014, the IL-76 departed RAAF Edinburgh to Johor Bahru (Malaysia) as flight VDA107.
Photo © Keith Anderson
20541 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 0083486570) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) (China), at Perth Airport – Sat 3 May 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
20541 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 0083486570) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) (China), at Perth Airport – Sat 3 May 2014.
Taking off from runway 21 at 08:26, departing back to China via Subang, Malaysia as ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 541’. . It was one of two PLAAF IL-76MD aircraft deployed to Perth Airport for the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Usually, one IL-76 operated a search flight each day, and they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with a full fuel load. This first arrived at Perth Airport on 22 March 2014, arriving from Sungai Besi Air Base, Malaysia, as ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 541’. Flew its first search mission on 24 March 2014, and used callsign ‘RESCUE 801’. 20541 was built in 1988, ex CCCP-78761 (Soviet AF), EW-78761 (Belarus AF), 27601 (PLAAF).
Photo © Keith Anderson
20541 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 0083486570) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) (China), at Perth Airport – Sat 3 May 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
20541 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 0083486570) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) (China), at Perth Airport – Sat 3 May 2014.
Taking off from runway 21 at 08:26, departing back to China via Subang, Malaysia as ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 541’. . It was one of two PLAAF IL-76MD aircraft deployed to Perth Airport for the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Usually, one IL-76 operated a search flight each day, and they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with a full fuel load. This first arrived at Perth Airport on 22 March 2014, arriving from Sungai Besi Air Base, Malaysia, as ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 541’. Flew its first search mission on 24 March 2014, and used callsign ‘RESCUE 801’. 20541 was built in 1988, ex CCCP-78761 (Soviet AF), EW-78761 (Belarus AF), 27601 (PLAAF).
Photo © Keith Anderson
20541 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 0083486570) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) (China), at Perth Airport – Sat 3 May 2014. Photo © David Eyre
20541 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 0083486570) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) (China), at Perth Airport – Sat 3 May 2014.
Taking off from runway 21 at 08:26, departing back to China via Subang, Malaysia as ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 541’. . It was one of two PLAAF IL-76MD aircraft deployed to Perth Airport for the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Usually, one IL-76 operated a search flight each day, and they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with a full fuel load. This first arrived at Perth Airport on 22 March 2014, arriving from Sungai Besi Air Base, Malaysia, as ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 541’. Flew its first search mission on 24 March 2014, and used callsign ‘RESCUE 801’. 20541 was built in 1988, ex CCCP-78761 (Soviet AF), EW-78761 (Belarus AF), 27601 (PLAAF).
Photo © David Eyre
20541 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 0083486570) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) (China), at Perth Airport – Sat 3 May 2014. Photo © David Eyre
20541 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 0083486570) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) (China), at Perth Airport – Sat 3 May 2014.
Taking off from runway 21 at 08:26, departing back to China via Subang, Malaysia as ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 541’. . It was one of two PLAAF IL-76MD aircraft deployed to Perth Airport for the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Usually, one IL-76 operated a search flight each day, and they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with a full fuel load. This first arrived at Perth Airport on 22 March 2014, arriving from Sungai Besi Air Base, Malaysia, as ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 541’. Flew its first search mission on 24 March 2014, and used callsign ‘RESCUE 801’. 20541 was built in 1988, ex CCCP-78761 (Soviet AF), EW-78761 (Belarus AF), 27601 (PLAAF).
Photo © David Eyre
20541 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 0083486570) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) (China), at Perth Airport – Sat 3 May 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
20541 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 0083486570) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) (China), at Perth Airport – Sat 3 May 2014.
Taking off from runway 21 at 08:26, departing back to China via Subang, Malaysia as ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 541’. . It was one of two PLAAF IL-76MD aircraft deployed to Perth Airport for the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Usually, one IL-76 operated a search flight each day, and they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with a full fuel load. This first arrived at Perth Airport on 22 March 2014, arriving from Sungai Besi Air Base, Malaysia, as ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 541’. Flew its first search mission on 24 March 2014, and used callsign ‘RESCUE 801’. 20541 was built in 1988, ex CCCP-78761 (Soviet AF), EW-78761 (Belarus AF), 27601 (PLAAF).
Photo © Keith Anderson
20541 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 0083486570) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) (China), at Perth Airport – Sat 3 May 2014. Photo © David Eyre
20541 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 0083486570) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) (China), at Perth Airport – Sat 3 May 2014.
Taking off from runway 21 at 08:26, departing back to China via Subang, Malaysia as ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 541’. . It was one of two PLAAF IL-76MD aircraft deployed to Perth Airport for the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Usually, one IL-76 operated a search flight each day, and they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with a full fuel load. This first arrived at Perth Airport on 22 March 2014, arriving from Sungai Besi Air Base, Malaysia, as ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 541’. Flew its first search mission on 24 March 2014, and used callsign ‘RESCUE 801’. 20541 was built in 1988, ex CCCP-78761 (Soviet AF), EW-78761 (Belarus AF), 27601 (PLAAF).
Photo © David Eyre
21045 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 1033416524) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), at Perth Airport – Sat 3 May 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
21045 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 1033416524) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), at Perth Airport – Sat 3 May 2014.
Taking off from runway 21 at 08:31 to Subang, Malaysia and then home to China, as ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 045’. This aircraft first arrived at Perth Airport on 22 March 2014, arriving from Sungai Besi Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 045’. It was one of two PLAAF IL-76MD aircraft deployed to Perth Airport for the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Usually, one IL-76 operated a search flight each day, and they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with a full fuel load. 21045 flew its first search flight on 24 March 2014, and used the callsign ‘RESCUE 802’. The air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was called off on 28 April 2014. To mark the end of the air search, 21045 made a short flight on 29 April 2014 from Perth Airport to RAAF Pearce as ‘RESCUE 802’, where it was photographed in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, before returning to Perth Airport in the afternoon. Built in 1993, ex B-4034 (China United Airlines).
Photo © Keith Anderson
21045 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 1033416524) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), at Perth Airport – Sat 3 May 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
21045 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 1033416524) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), at Perth Airport – Sat 3 May 2014.
Taking off from runway 21 at 08:31 to Subang, Malaysia and then home to China, as ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 045’. This aircraft first arrived at Perth Airport on 22 March 2014, arriving from Sungai Besi Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 045’. It was one of two PLAAF IL-76MD aircraft deployed to Perth Airport for the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Usually, one IL-76 operated a search flight each day, and they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with a full fuel load. 21045 flew its first search flight on 24 March 2014, and used the callsign ‘RESCUE 802’. The air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was called off on 28 April 2014. To mark the end of the air search, 21045 made a short flight on 29 April 2014 from Perth Airport to RAAF Pearce as ‘RESCUE 802’, where it was photographed in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, before returning to Perth Airport in the afternoon. Built in 1993, ex B-4034 (China United Airlines).
Photo © Keith Anderson
21045 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 1033416524) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), at Perth Airport – Sat 3 May 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
21045 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 1033416524) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), at Perth Airport – Sat 3 May 2014.
Taking off from runway 21 at 08:31 to Subang, Malaysia and then home to China, as ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 045’. This aircraft first arrived at Perth Airport on 22 March 2014, arriving from Sungai Besi Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 045’. It was one of two PLAAF IL-76MD aircraft deployed to Perth Airport for the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Usually, one IL-76 operated a search flight each day, and they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with a full fuel load. 21045 flew its first search flight on 24 March 2014, and used the callsign ‘RESCUE 802’. The air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was called off on 28 April 2014. To mark the end of the air search, 21045 made a short flight on 29 April 2014 from Perth Airport to RAAF Pearce as ‘RESCUE 802’, where it was photographed in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, before returning to Perth Airport in the afternoon. Built in 1993, ex B-4034 (China United Airlines).
Photo © Keith Anderson
21045 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 1033416524) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), at Perth Airport – Sat 3 May 2014. Photo © David Eyre
21045 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 1033416524) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), at Perth Airport – Sat 3 May 2014.
Taking off from runway 21 at 08:31 to Subang, Malaysia and then home to China, as ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 045’. This aircraft first arrived at Perth Airport on 22 March 2014, arriving from Sungai Besi Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 045’. It was one of two PLAAF IL-76MD aircraft deployed to Perth Airport for the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Usually, one IL-76 operated a search flight each day, and they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with a full fuel load. 21045 flew its first search flight on 24 March 2014, and used the callsign ‘RESCUE 802’. The air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was called off on 28 April 2014. To mark the end of the air search, 21045 made a short flight on 29 April 2014 from Perth Airport to RAAF Pearce as ‘RESCUE 802’, where it was photographed in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, before returning to Perth Airport in the afternoon. Built in 1993, ex B-4034 (China United Airlines).
Photo © David Eyre
21045 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 1033416524) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), at Perth Airport – Sat 3 May 2014. Photo © David Eyre
21045 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 1033416524) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), at Perth Airport – Sat 3 May 2014.
Taking off from runway 21 at 08:31 to Subang, Malaysia and then home to China, as ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 045’. This aircraft first arrived at Perth Airport on 22 March 2014, arriving from Sungai Besi Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 045’. It was one of two PLAAF IL-76MD aircraft deployed to Perth Airport for the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Usually, one IL-76 operated a search flight each day, and they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with a full fuel load. 21045 flew its first search flight on 24 March 2014, and used the callsign ‘RESCUE 802’. The air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was called off on 28 April 2014. To mark the end of the air search, 21045 made a short flight on 29 April 2014 from Perth Airport to RAAF Pearce as ‘RESCUE 802’, where it was photographed in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, before returning to Perth Airport in the afternoon. Built in 1993, ex B-4034 (China United Airlines).
Photo © David Eyre
21045 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 1033416524) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), at Perth Airport – Sat 3 May 2014. Photo © David Eyre
21045 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 1033416524) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), at Perth Airport – Sat 3 May 2014.
Taking off from runway 21 at 08:31 to Subang, Malaysia and then home to China, as ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 045’. This aircraft first arrived at Perth Airport on 22 March 2014, arriving from Sungai Besi Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 045’. It was one of two PLAAF IL-76MD aircraft deployed to Perth Airport for the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Usually, one IL-76 operated a search flight each day, and they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with a full fuel load. 21045 flew its first search flight on 24 March 2014, and used the callsign ‘RESCUE 802’. The air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was called off on 28 April 2014. To mark the end of the air search, 21045 made a short flight on 29 April 2014 from Perth Airport to RAAF Pearce as ‘RESCUE 802’, where it was photographed in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, before returning to Perth Airport in the afternoon. Built in 1993, ex B-4034 (China United Airlines).
Photo © David Eyre
168429 / LF-429 (MSN 40809/3792) and 168433 / LF-433 (MSN 40813/4055) Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) of VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, US Navy, at Perth Airport – Thu 1 May 2014. Photo © Wilson
168429 / LF-429 (MSN 40809/3792) and 168433 / LF-433 (MSN 40813/4055) Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) of VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, US Navy, at Perth Airport – Thu 1 May 2014
On southern end of Terminal 2 apron at 08:33, next to VH-FNB Fokker 50 of Virgin Australia Regional Airlines, still in Skywest Airlines livery.
168429: First arrived at Perth Airport on 18 March 2014 (see photos) from Subang, Malaysia. It flew the first P-8 search flight in the Australia-based search for MH370. 168429 used callsign RESCUE 74 or RESCUE 75 during search operations. On 10 April 2014, it departed Perth Airport to Subang and Kadena Air Base (Japan) using callsign ‘MY102’, having been replaced by another P-8 from Kadena. On 22 April 2014, it returned to Perth Airport from Kadena using callsign ‘AU104’, to replace 168439. The air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was called off on 28 April 2014 and 168429 flew the final P-8 search flight that day as ‘RESCUE 74’. To mark the end of the air search, 168429 made a short flight on 29 April 2014 from Perth Airport to RAAF Pearce as ‘RESCUE 74’, where it was photographed in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, before returning to Perth Airport that afternoon. It departed Perth today at 10:23am to Kadena Air Base, Japan, using callsign ‘AU104’.
168433: Arrived at Perth to participate in the air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. 168433 is based at Jacksonville NAS, Florida, but deployed to Kadena Air Base, Japan. It first arrived at Perth Airport on 26 April 2014 from Kadena. The P-8s were based at Perth Airport as they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with a full fuel load. 168433 arrived fitted with underwing weapons pylons – the only P-8 to visit Perth with these. It was intended to replace 168438, which left Perth for Kadena the same day. However, 168433 remained parked at Perth Airport and never flew any search flights, as the search was suspended on 27 April 2014 due to bad weather, then the air search was called off on 28 April 2014. 168433 departed today at 12:04pm, flying back to Kadena using callsign ‘AU105’.
Photo © Wilson
168429 / LF-429 (MSN 40809/3792) and 168433 / LF-433 (MSN 40813/4055) Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) of VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, US Navy, at Perth Airport – Thu 1 May 2014. Photo © Wilson
168429 / LF-429 (MSN 40809/3792) and 168433 / LF-433 (MSN 40813/4055) Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) of VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, US Navy, at Perth Airport – Thu 1 May 2014.
On southern end of Terminal 2 apron at 08:33, next to VH-FNB Fokker 50 of Virgin Australia Regional Airlines, still in Skywest Airlines livery.
168429: First arrived at Perth Airport on 18 March 2014 (see photos) from Subang, Malaysia. It flew the first P-8 search flight in the Australia-based search for MH370. 168429 used callsign RESCUE 74 or RESCUE 75 during search operations. On 10 April 2014, it departed Perth Airport to Subang and Kadena Air Base (Japan) using callsign ‘MY102’, having been replaced by another P-8 from Kadena. On 22 April 2014, it returned to Perth Airport from Kadena using callsign ‘AU104’, to replace 168439. The air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was called off on 28 April 2014 and 168429 flew the final P-8 search flight that day as ‘RESCUE 74’. To mark the end of the air search, 168429 made a short flight on 29 April 2014 from Perth Airport to RAAF Pearce as ‘RESCUE 74’, where it was photographed in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, before returning to Perth Airport that afternoon. It departed Perth today at 10:23am to Kadena Air Base, Japan, using callsign ‘AU104’.
168433: Arrived at Perth to participate in the air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. 168433 is based at Jacksonville NAS, Florida, but deployed to Kadena Air Base, Japan. It first arrived at Perth Airport on 26 April 2014 from Kadena. The P-8s were based at Perth Airport as they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with a full fuel load. 168433 arrived fitted with underwing weapons pylons – the only P-8 to visit Perth with these. It was intended to replace 168438, which left Perth for Kadena the same day. However, 168433 remained parked at Perth Airport and never flew any search flights, as the search was suspended on 27 April 2014 due to bad weather, then the air search was called off on 28 April 2014. 168433 departed today at 12:04pm, flying back to Kadena using callsign ‘AU105’.
Photo © Wilson
168433 / LF-433 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40813/4055) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Thu 1 May 2014. Photo © Wilson
168433 / LF-433 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40813/4055) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Thu 1 May 2014.
At Terminal 2 apron at 8:25am, next to 168429. It arrived at Perth to participate in the air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. 168433 is based at Jacksonville NAS, Florida, but deployed to Kadena Air Base, Japan. It first arrived at Perth Airport on 26 April 2014 from Kadena. The P-8s were based at Perth Airport as they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with a full fuel load. 168433 arrived fitted with underwing weapons pylons – the only P-8 to visit Perth with these. It was intended to replace 168438, which left Perth for Kadena the same day. However, 168433 remained parked at Perth Airport and never flew any search flights, as the search was suspended on 27 April 2014 due to bad weather, then the air search was called off on 28 April 2014. 168433 departed on 1 May 2014 at 12:04, flying back to Kadena using callsign ‘AU105’.
Photo © Wilson
168433 / LF-433 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40813/4055) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Thu 1 May 2014. Photo © Wilson
168433 / LF-433 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40813/4055) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Thu 1 May 2014.
Close-up showing the underwing weapons pylons. Parked at Terminal 2 apron at 8:25am, next to 168429. It arrived at Perth to participate in the air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. 168433 is based at Jacksonville NAS, Florida, but deployed to Kadena Air Base, Japan. It first arrived at Perth Airport on 26 April 2014 from Kadena. The P-8s were based at Perth Airport as they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with a full fuel load. 168433 arrived fitted with underwing weapons pylons – the only P-8 to visit Perth with these. It was intended to replace 168438, which left Perth for Kadena the same day. However, 168433 remained parked at Perth Airport and never flew any search flights, as the search was suspended on 27 April 2014 due to bad weather, then the air search was called off on 28 April 2014. 168433 departed on 1 May 2014 at 12:04, flying back to Kadena using callsign ‘AU105’.
Photo © Wilson
168433 / LF-433 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40813/4055) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Thu 1 May 2014. Photo © Wilson
168433 / LF-433 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40813/4055) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Thu 1 May 2014.
At Terminal 2 apron at 8:25am, next to 168429. It arrived at Perth to participate in the air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. 168433 is based at Jacksonville NAS, Florida, but deployed to Kadena Air Base, Japan. It first arrived at Perth Airport on 26 April 2014 from Kadena. The P-8s were based at Perth Airport as they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with a full fuel load. 168433 arrived fitted with underwing weapons pylons – the only P-8 to visit Perth with these. It was intended to replace 168438, which left Perth for Kadena the same day. However, 168433 remained parked at Perth Airport and never flew any search flights, as the search was suspended on 27 April 2014 due to bad weather, then the air search was called off on 28 April 2014. 168433 departed on 1 May 2014 at 12:04, flying back to Kadena using callsign ‘AU105’.
Photo © Wilson
168429 / LF-429 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40809/3792) of VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, US Navy, at Perth Airport – Thu 1 May 2014. Photo © Wilson
168429 / LF-429 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40809/3792) of VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, US Navy, at Perth Airport – Thu 1 May 2014
On southern end of Terminal 2 apron at 08:27. First arrived at Perth Airport on 18 March 2014 (see photos) from Subang, Malaysia. It also flew the first P-8 search flight in the Australia-based search for MH370. 168429 used callsign RESCUE 74 or RESCUE 75 during search operations. On 10 April 2014, it departed Perth Airport to Subang and Kadena Air Base (Japan) using callsign ‘MY102’, having been replaced by another P-8 from Kadena. On 22 April 2014, it returned to Perth Airport from Kadena using callsign ‘AU104’, to replace 168439. The air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was called off on 28 April 2014 and 168429 flew the final P-8 search flight that day as ‘RESCUE 74’. To mark the end of the air search, 168429 made a short flight on 29 April 2014 from Perth Airport to RAAF Pearce as ‘RESCUE 74’, where it was photographed in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, before returning to Perth Airport that afternoon. It departed Perth on 1 May 2014 at 10:23am to Kadena Air Base, Japan, using callsign ‘AU104’.
Photo © Wilson
168429 / LF-429 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40809/3792) of VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, US Navy, at Perth Airport – Thu 1 May 2014. Photo © Wilson
168429 / LF-429 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40809/3792) of VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, US Navy, at Perth Airport – Thu 1 May 2014.
Taxying out to runway 21 at 10:20, to head back to Kadena, Japan, using callsign ‘AU104’. First arrived at Perth Airport on 18 March 2014 (see photos) from Subang, Malaysia. It also flew the first P-8 search flight in the Australia-based search for MH370. 168429 used callsign RESCUE 74 or RESCUE 75 during search operations. On 10 April 2014, it departed Perth Airport to Subang and Kadena Air Base (Japan) using callsign ‘MY102’, having been replaced by another P-8 from Kadena. On 22 April 2014, it returned to Perth Airport from Kadena using callsign ‘AU104’, to replace 168439. The air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was called off on 28 April 2014 and 168429 flew the final P-8 search flight that day as ‘RESCUE 74’. To mark the end of the air search, 168429 made a short flight on 29 April 2014 from Perth Airport to RAAF Pearce as ‘RESCUE 74’, where it was photographed in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, before returning to Perth Airport that afternoon.
Photo © Wilson
168429 / LF-429 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40809/3792) of VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, US Navy, at Perth Airport – Thu 1 May 2014. Photo © Wilson
168429 / LF-429 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40809/3792) of VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, US Navy, at Perth Airport – Thu 1 May 2014
Taking off from runway 21 at 10:25, to head back to Kadena, Japan. First arrived at Perth Airport on 18 March 2014 (see photos) from Subang, Malaysia. It also flew the first P-8 search flight in the Australia-based search for MH370. 168429 used callsign RESCUE 74 or RESCUE 75 during search operations. On 10 April 2014, it departed Perth Airport to Subang and Kadena Air Base (Japan) using callsign ‘MY102’, having been replaced by another P-8 from Kadena. On 22 April 2014, it returned to Perth Airport from Kadena using callsign ‘AU104’, to replace 168439. The air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was called off on 28 April 2014 and 168429 flew the final P-8 search flight that day as ‘RESCUE 74’. To mark the end of the air search, 168429 made a short flight on 29 April 2014 from Perth Airport to RAAF Pearce as ‘RESCUE 74’, where it was photographed in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, before returning to Perth Airport that afternoon. It departed Perth on 1 May 2014 to Kadena Air Base, Japan, using callsign ‘AU104’.
Photo © Wilson
168429 / LF-429 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40809/3792) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Thu 1 May 2014. Photo © Steve Jaksic
168429 / LF-429 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40809/3792) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Thu 1 May 2014.
Heading back home after the conclusion of the air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Seen here after take-off from runway 21 at 10:23am, departing Perth Airport to Kadena Air Base, Japan, using callsign ‘AU104’. 168429 is based at Jacksonville NAS, Florida, but deployed to Kadena Air Base, Japan. It first arrived at Perth Airport on 18 March 2014 (see photos) from Subang, Malaysia. The P-8s were based at Perth Airport as they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with a full fuel load. 168429 initially used the call sign RESCUE 74, and later RESCUE 74 or RESCUE 75 during search operations. On 10 April 2014, it departed Perth Airport to Subang and Kadena Air Base (Japan) using callsign ‘MY102′, having been replaced by another P-8 from Kadena. On 22 April 2014, it returned to Perth Airport from Kadena using callsign ‘AU104′, to replace 168439. The air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was called off on 28 April 2014 and 168429 flew the final P-8 search flight that day as ‘RESCUE 74’. It also flew the first P-8 search flight in the Australia-based search for MH370. To mark the end of the air search, 168429 made a short flight on 29 April 2014 from Perth Airport to RAAF Pearce as ‘RESCUE 74’, where it was photographed in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, before returning to Perth Airport that afternoon.
Photo © Steve Jaksic
168429 / LF-429 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40809/3792) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Thu 1 May 2014. Photo © David Eyre
168429 / LF-429 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40809/3792) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Thu 1 May 2014.
Heading back home after the conclusion of the air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Seen here after take-off from runway 21 at 10:23am, departing Perth Airport to Kadena Air Base, Japan, using callsign ‘AU104’. 168429 is based at Jacksonville NAS, Florida, but deployed to Kadena Air Base, Japan. It first arrived at Perth Airport on 18 March 2014 (see photos) from Subang, Malaysia. The P-8s were based at Perth Airport as they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with a full fuel load. 168429 initially used the call sign RESCUE 74, and later RESCUE 74 or RESCUE 75 during search operations. On 10 April 2014, it departed Perth Airport to Subang and Kadena Air Base (Japan) using callsign ‘MY102′, having been replaced by another P-8 from Kadena. On 22 April 2014, it returned to Perth Airport from Kadena using callsign ‘AU104′, to replace 168439. The air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was called off on 28 April 2014 and 168429 flew the final P-8 search flight that day as ‘RESCUE 74’. It also flew the first P-8 search flight in the Australia-based search for MH370. To mark the end of the air search, 168429 made a short flight on 29 April 2014 from Perth Airport to RAAF Pearce as ‘RESCUE 74’, where it was photographed in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, before returning to Perth Airport that afternoon.
Photo © David Eyre
168429 / LF-429 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40809/3792) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Thu 1 May 2014. Photo © Steve Jaksic
168429 / LF-429 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40809/3792) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Thu 1 May 2014.
Heading back home after the conclusion of the air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Seen here after take-off from runway 21 at 10:23am, departing Perth Airport to Kadena Air Base, Japan, using callsign ‘AU104’. 168429 is based at Jacksonville NAS, Florida, but deployed to Kadena Air Base, Japan. It first arrived at Perth Airport on 18 March 2014 (see photos) from Subang, Malaysia. The P-8s were based at Perth Airport as they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with a full fuel load. 168429 initially used the call sign RESCUE 74, and later RESCUE 74 or RESCUE 75 during search operations. On 10 April 2014, it departed Perth Airport to Subang and Kadena Air Base (Japan) using callsign ‘MY102′, having been replaced by another P-8 from Kadena. On 22 April 2014, it returned to Perth Airport from Kadena using callsign ‘AU104′, to replace 168439. The air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was called off on 28 April 2014 and 168429 flew the final P-8 search flight that day as ‘RESCUE 74’. It also flew the first P-8 search flight in the Australia-based search for MH370. To mark the end of the air search, 168429 made a short flight on 29 April 2014 from Perth Airport to RAAF Pearce as ‘RESCUE 74’, where it was photographed in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, before returning to Perth Airport that afternoon.
Photo © Steve Jaksic
168429 / LF-429 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40809/3792) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Thu 1 May 2014. Photo © David Eyre
168429 / LF-429 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40809/3792) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Thu 1 May 2014.
Heading back home after the conclusion of the air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Seen here after take-off from runway 21 at 10:23am, departing Perth Airport to Kadena Air Base, Japan, using callsign ‘AU104’. 168429 is based at Jacksonville NAS, Florida, but deployed to Kadena Air Base, Japan. It first arrived at Perth Airport on 18 March 2014 (see photos) from Subang, Malaysia. The P-8s were based at Perth Airport as they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with a full fuel load. 168429 initially used the call sign RESCUE 74, and later RESCUE 74 or RESCUE 75 during search operations. On 10 April 2014, it departed Perth Airport to Subang and Kadena Air Base (Japan) using callsign ‘MY102′, having been replaced by another P-8 from Kadena. On 22 April 2014, it returned to Perth Airport from Kadena using callsign ‘AU104′, to replace 168439. The air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was called off on 28 April 2014 and 168429 flew the final P-8 search flight that day as ‘RESCUE 74’. It also flew the first P-8 search flight in the Australia-based search for MH370. To mark the end of the air search, 168429 made a short flight on 29 April 2014 from Perth Airport to RAAF Pearce as ‘RESCUE 74’, where it was photographed in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, before returning to Perth Airport that afternoon.
Photo © David Eyre
168429 / LF-429 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40809/3792) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Thu 1 May 2014. Photo © David Eyre
168429 / LF-429 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40809/3792) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Thu 1 May 2014.
Heading back home after the conclusion of the air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Seen here after take-off from runway 21 at 10:23am, departing Perth Airport to Kadena Air Base, Japan, using callsign ‘AU104’. 168429 is based at Jacksonville NAS, Florida, but deployed to Kadena Air Base, Japan. It first arrived at Perth Airport on 18 March 2014 (see photos) from Subang, Malaysia. The P-8s were based at Perth Airport as they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with a full fuel load. 168429 initially used the call sign RESCUE 74, and later RESCUE 74 or RESCUE 75 during search operations. On 10 April 2014, it departed Perth Airport to Subang and Kadena Air Base (Japan) using callsign ‘MY102′, having been replaced by another P-8 from Kadena. On 22 April 2014, it returned to Perth Airport from Kadena using callsign ‘AU104′, to replace 168439. The air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was called off on 28 April 2014 and 168429 flew the final P-8 search flight that day as ‘RESCUE 74’. It also flew the first P-8 search flight in the Australia-based search for MH370. To mark the end of the air search, 168429 made a short flight on 29 April 2014 from Perth Airport to RAAF Pearce as ‘RESCUE 74’, where it was photographed in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, before returning to Perth Airport that afternoon.
Photo © David Eyr
168433 / LF-433 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40813/4055) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Thu 1 May 2014. Photo © Steve Jaksic
168433 / LF-433 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40813/4055) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Thu 1 May 2014.
Heading back home after the conclusion of the air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Seen here after take-off from runway 21 at 12:04pm, departing Perth Airport to Kadena Air Base, Japan, using callsign ‘AU105’. 168433 is based at Jacksonville NAS, Florida, but deployed to Kadena Air Base, Japan. It first arrived at Perth Airport on 26 April 2014 from Kadena. The P-8s were based at Perth Airport as they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with a full fuel load. 168433 arrived fitted with underwing weapons pylons – the only P-8 to visit Perth with these. It was intended to replace 168438, which left Perth for Kadena the same day. However, 168433 remained parked at Perth Airport and never flew any search flights, as the search was suspended on 27 April 2014 due to bad weather, then the air search was called off on 28 April 2014. 168433’s departure was delayed a few hours due to technical issues.
Photo © Steve Jaksic
168433 / LF-433 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40813/4055) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Thu 1 May 2014. Photo © Steve Jaksic
168433 / LF-433 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40813/4055) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Thu 1 May 2014.
Heading back home after the conclusion of the air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Seen here after take-off from runway 21 at 12:04pm, departing Perth Airport to Kadena Air Base, Japan, using callsign ‘AU105’. 168433 is based at Jacksonville NAS, Florida, but deployed to Kadena Air Base, Japan. It first arrived at Perth Airport on 26 April 2014 from Kadena. The P-8s were based at Perth Airport as they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with a full fuel load. 168433 arrived fitted with underwing weapons pylons – the only P-8 to visit Perth with these. It was intended to replace 168438, which left Perth for Kadena the same day. However, 168433 remained parked at Perth Airport and never flew any search flights, as the search was suspended on 27 April 2014 due to bad weather, then the air search was called off on 28 April 2014. 168433’s departure was delayed a few hours due to technical issues.
Photo © Steve Jaksic
168433 / LF-433 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40813/4055) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Thu 1 May 2014. Photo © Steve Jaksic
168433 / LF-433 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40813/4055) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Thu 1 May 2014.
Heading back home after the conclusion of the air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Seen here after take-off from runway 21 at 12:04pm, departing Perth Airport to Kadena Air Base, Japan, using callsign ‘AU105’. 168433 is based at Jacksonville NAS, Florida, but deployed to Kadena Air Base, Japan. It first arrived at Perth Airport on 26 April 2014 from Kadena. The P-8s were based at Perth Airport as they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with a full fuel load. 168433 arrived fitted with underwing weapons pylons – the only P-8 to visit Perth with these. It was intended to replace 168438, which left Perth for Kadena the same day. However, 168433 remained parked at Perth Airport and never flew any search flights, as the search was suspended on 27 April 2014 due to bad weather, then the air search was called off on 28 April 2014. 168433’s departure was delayed a few hours due to technical issues.
Photo © Steve Jaksic
NZ4204 Lockheed P-3K2 Orion (MSN 185-5202) of 5 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 30 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
NZ4204 Lockheed P-3K2 Orion (MSN 185-5202) of 5 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 30 April 2014.
Heading back home after the conclusion of the air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Seen here after take-off from runway 18L at 8:48am, departing RAAF Pearce to RAAF Richmond, New South Wales, using callsign ‘KIWI 795’. The aircraft then overnighted at Richmond and the following day (1 May 2014), it departed RAAF Richmond to RNZAF Whenuapai, New Zealand. This aircraft is home-based at RNZAF Base Auckland, New Zealand, and first arrived at RAAF Pearce on 19 March 2014 using callsign ‘KIWI 027’ – it replaced another RNZAF Orion, NZ4203, which had to depart to participate in a military exercise. NZ4204 used the callsign ‘RESCUE 795’ on search flights. The air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was officially called off on 28 April 2014 and on 29 April 2014, NZ4204 was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. Around 40 RNZAF personnel were involved in the search over 53 days, completing 27 flights, spent 100 hours on search, and a total of 276 hours flying. The P-3K2 searched around 1.5 million square kilometres of the Southern Indian Ocean, an area about eight times the size of New Zealand, at an estimated cost of NZ$1.2 million.
Photo © David Eyre
NZ4204 Lockheed P-3K2 Orion (MSN 185-5202) of 5 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 30 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
NZ4204 Lockheed P-3K2 Orion (MSN 185-5202) of 5 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 30 April 2014.
Heading back home after the conclusion of the air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Seen here after take-off from runway 18L at 8:48am, departing RAAF Pearce to RAAF Richmond, New South Wales, using callsign ‘KIWI 795’. The aircraft then overnighted at Richmond and the following day (1 May 2014), it departed RAAF Richmond to RNZAF Whenuapai, New Zealand. This aircraft is home-based at RNZAF Base Auckland, New Zealand, and first arrived at RAAF Pearce on 19 March 2014 using callsign ‘KIWI 027’ – it replaced another RNZAF Orion, NZ4203, which had to depart to participate in a military exercise. NZ4204 used the callsign ‘RESCUE 795’ on search flights. The air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was officially called off on 28 April 2014 and on 29 April 2014, NZ4204 was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. Around 40 RNZAF personnel were involved in the search over 53 days, completing 27 flights, spent 100 hours on search, and a total of 276 hours flying. The P-3K2 searched around 1.5 million square kilometres of the Southern Indian Ocean, an area about eight times the size of New Zealand, at an estimated cost of NZ$1.2 million.
Photo © David Eyre
NZ4204 Lockheed P-3K2 Orion (MSN 185-5202) of 5 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 30 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
NZ4204 Lockheed P-3K2 Orion (MSN 185-5202) of 5 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 30 April 2014.
Heading back home after the conclusion of the air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Seen here after take-off from runway 18L at 8:48am, departing RAAF Pearce to RAAF Richmond, New South Wales, using callsign ‘KIWI 795’. The aircraft then overnighted at Richmond and the following day (1 May 2014), it departed RAAF Richmond to RNZAF Whenuapai, New Zealand. This aircraft is home-based at RNZAF Base Auckland, New Zealand, and first arrived at RAAF Pearce on 19 March 2014 using callsign ‘KIWI 027’ – it replaced another RNZAF Orion, NZ4203, which had to depart to participate in a military exercise. NZ4204 used the callsign ‘RESCUE 795’ on search flights. The air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was officially called off on 28 April 2014 and on 29 April 2014, NZ4204 was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. Around 40 RNZAF personnel were involved in the search over 53 days, completing 27 flights, spent 100 hours on search, and a total of 276 hours flying. The P-3K2 searched around 1.5 million square kilometres of the Southern Indian Ocean, an area about eight times the size of New Zealand, at an estimated cost of NZ$1.2 million.
Photo © David Eyre
NZ4204 Lockheed P-3K2 Orion (MSN 185-5202) of 5 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 30 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
NZ4204 Lockheed P-3K2 Orion (MSN 185-5202) of 5 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 30 April 2014.
Heading back home after the conclusion of the air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Seen here after take-off from runway 18L at 8:48am, departing RAAF Pearce to RAAF Richmond, New South Wales, using callsign ‘KIWI 795’. The aircraft then overnighted at Richmond and the following day (1 May 2014), it departed RAAF Richmond to RNZAF Whenuapai, New Zealand. This aircraft is home-based at RNZAF Base Auckland, New Zealand, and first arrived at RAAF Pearce on 19 March 2014 using callsign ‘KIWI 027’ – it replaced another RNZAF Orion, NZ4203, which had to depart to participate in a military exercise. NZ4204 used the callsign ‘RESCUE 795’ on search flights. The air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was officially called off on 28 April 2014 and on 29 April 2014, NZ4204 was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. Around 40 RNZAF personnel were involved in the search over 53 days, completing 27 flights, spent 100 hours on search, and a total of 276 hours flying. The P-3K2 searched around 1.5 million square kilometres of the Southern Indian Ocean, an area about eight times the size of New Zealand, at an estimated cost of NZ$1.2 million.
Photo © David Eyre
NZ4204 Lockheed P-3K2 Orion (MSN 185-5202) of 5 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 30 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
NZ4204 Lockheed P-3K2 Orion (MSN 185-5202) of 5 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 30 April 2014.
Heading back home after the conclusion of the air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Seen here after take-off from runway 18L at 8:48am, departing RAAF Pearce to RAAF Richmond, New South Wales, using callsign ‘KIWI 795’. The aircraft then overnighted at Richmond and the following day (1 May 2014), it departed RAAF Richmond to RNZAF Whenuapai, New Zealand. This aircraft is home-based at RNZAF Base Auckland, New Zealand, and first arrived at RAAF Pearce on 19 March 2014 using callsign ‘KIWI 027’ – it replaced another RNZAF Orion, NZ4203, which had to depart to participate in a military exercise. NZ4204 used the callsign ‘RESCUE 795’ on search flights. The air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was officially called off on 28 April 2014 and on 29 April 2014, NZ4204 was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. Around 40 RNZAF personnel were involved in the search over 53 days, completing 27 flights, spent 100 hours on search, and a total of 276 hours flying. The P-3K2 searched around 1.5 million square kilometres of the Southern Indian Ocean, an area about eight times the size of New Zealand, at an estimated cost of NZ$1.2 million.
Photo © David Eyre
NZ4204 Lockheed P-3K2 Orion (MSN 185-5202) of 5 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 30 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
NZ4204 Lockheed P-3K2 Orion (MSN 185-5202) of 5 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 30 April 2014.
Heading back home after the conclusion of the air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Seen here after take-off from runway 18L at 8:48am, departing RAAF Pearce to RAAF Richmond, New South Wales, using callsign ‘KIWI 795’. The aircraft then overnighted at Richmond and the following day (1 May 2014), it departed RAAF Richmond to RNZAF Whenuapai, New Zealand. This aircraft is home-based at RNZAF Base Auckland, New Zealand, and first arrived at RAAF Pearce on 19 March 2014 using callsign ‘KIWI 027’ – it replaced another RNZAF Orion, NZ4203, which had to depart to participate in a military exercise. NZ4204 used the callsign ‘RESCUE 795’ on search flights. The air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was officially called off on 28 April 2014 and on 29 April 2014, NZ4204 was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. Around 40 RNZAF personnel were involved in the search over 53 days, completing 27 flights, spent 100 hours on search, and a total of 276 hours flying. The P-3K2 searched around 1.5 million square kilometres of the Southern Indian Ocean, an area about eight times the size of New Zealand, at an estimated cost of NZ$1.2 million.
Photo © David Eyre
NZ4204 Lockheed P-3K2 Orion (MSN 185-5202) of 5 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 30 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
NZ4204 Lockheed P-3K2 Orion (MSN 185-5202) of 5 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 30 April 2014.
Heading back home after the conclusion of the air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Seen here after take-off from runway 18L at 8:48am, departing RAAF Pearce to RAAF Richmond, New South Wales, using callsign ‘KIWI 795’. The aircraft then overnighted at Richmond and the following day (1 May 2014), it departed RAAF Richmond to RNZAF Whenuapai, New Zealand. This aircraft is home-based at RNZAF Base Auckland, New Zealand, and first arrived at RAAF Pearce on 19 March 2014 using callsign ‘KIWI 027’ – it replaced another RNZAF Orion, NZ4203, which had to depart to participate in a military exercise. NZ4204 used the callsign ‘RESCUE 795’ on search flights. The air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was officially called off on 28 April 2014 and on 29 April 2014, NZ4204 was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. Around 40 RNZAF personnel were involved in the search over 53 days, completing 27 flights, spent 100 hours on search, and a total of 276 hours flying. The P-3K2 searched around 1.5 million square kilometres of the Southern Indian Ocean, an area about eight times the size of New Zealand, at an estimated cost of NZ$1.2 million.
Photo © David Eyre
NZ4204 Lockheed P-3K2 Orion (MSN 185-5202) of 5 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 30 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
NZ4204 Lockheed P-3K2 Orion (MSN 185-5202) of 5 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 30 April 2014.
Heading back home after the conclusion of the air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Seen here after take-off from runway 18L at 8:48am, departing RAAF Pearce to RAAF Richmond, New South Wales, using callsign ‘KIWI 795’. The aircraft then overnighted at Richmond and the following day (1 May 2014), it departed RAAF Richmond to RNZAF Whenuapai, New Zealand. This aircraft is home-based at RNZAF Base Auckland, New Zealand, and first arrived at RAAF Pearce on 19 March 2014 using callsign ‘KIWI 027’ – it replaced another RNZAF Orion, NZ4203, which had to depart to participate in a military exercise. NZ4204 used the callsign ‘RESCUE 795’ on search flights. The air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was officially called off on 28 April 2014 and on 29 April 2014, NZ4204 was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. Around 40 RNZAF personnel were involved in the search over 53 days, completing 27 flights, spent 100 hours on search, and a total of 276 hours flying. The P-3K2 searched around 1.5 million square kilometres of the Southern Indian Ocean, an area about eight times the size of New Zealand, at an estimated cost of NZ$1.2 million.
Photo © David Eyre
5031 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9028) of 3 Kokutai, Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 30 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
5031 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9028) of 3 Kokutai, Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 30 April 2014.
Heading back home after the conclusion of the air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Seen here after take-off from runway 18L at 9:02am, departing RAAF Pearce to Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore, and then Japan, using callsign ‘JAPAN NAVY 31’. The aircraft is based at Atsugi NAS, Japan. 5031 first arrived at RAAF Pearce on 9 April 2014, arriving from Subang Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘JAPAN NAVY 31’. JMSDF Orions 5031 and 5037 arrived as replacements for 5056 and 5060, which departed RAAF Pearce on 11 April 2014, so for a couple of days there were four Japanese Orions at Pearce. 5031 operated its first search flight from RAAF Pearce on 12 April 2014 as ‘RESCUE 931’, taking over the callsign previously used by 5056. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014. The Japanese aircraft flew a combined 46 missions, or the equivalent of 400 hours, over the seas off Malaysia and Australia.
Photo © David Eyre
5031 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9028) of 3 Kokutai, Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 30 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
5031 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9028) of 3 Kokutai, Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 30 April 2014.
Heading back home after the conclusion of the air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Seen here after take-off from runway 18L at 9:02am, departing RAAF Pearce to Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore, and then Japan, using callsign ‘JAPAN NAVY 31’. The aircraft is based at Atsugi NAS, Japan. 5031 first arrived at RAAF Pearce on 9 April 2014, arriving from Subang Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘JAPAN NAVY 31’. JMSDF Orions 5031 and 5037 arrived as replacements for 5056 and 5060, which departed RAAF Pearce on 11 April 2014, so for a couple of days there were four Japanese Orions at Pearce. 5031 operated its first search flight from RAAF Pearce on 12 April 2014 as ‘RESCUE 931’, taking over the callsign previously used by 5056. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014. The Japanese aircraft flew a combined 46 missions, or the equivalent of 400 hours, over the seas off Malaysia and Australia.
Photo © David Eyre
5031 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9028) of 3 Kokutai, Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 30 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
5031 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9028) of 3 Kokutai, Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 30 April 2014.
Heading back home after the conclusion of the air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Seen here after take-off from runway 18L at 9:02am, departing RAAF Pearce to Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore, and then Japan, using callsign ‘JAPAN NAVY 31’. The aircraft is based at Atsugi NAS, Japan. 5031 first arrived at RAAF Pearce on 9 April 2014, arriving from Subang Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘JAPAN NAVY 31’. JMSDF Orions 5031 and 5037 arrived as replacements for 5056 and 5060, which departed RAAF Pearce on 11 April 2014, so for a couple of days there were four Japanese Orions at Pearce. 5031 operated its first search flight from RAAF Pearce on 12 April 2014 as ‘RESCUE 931’, taking over the callsign previously used by 5056. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014. The Japanese aircraft flew a combined 46 missions, or the equivalent of 400 hours, over the seas off Malaysia and Australia.
Photo © David Eyre
5031 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9028) of 3 Kokutai, Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 30 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
5031 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9028) of 3 Kokutai, Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 30 April 2014.
Heading back home after the conclusion of the air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Seen here after take-off from runway 18L at 9:02am, departing RAAF Pearce to Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore, and then Japan, using callsign ‘JAPAN NAVY 31’. The aircraft is based at Atsugi NAS, Japan. 5031 first arrived at RAAF Pearce on 9 April 2014, arriving from Subang Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘JAPAN NAVY 31’. JMSDF Orions 5031 and 5037 arrived as replacements for 5056 and 5060, which departed RAAF Pearce on 11 April 2014, so for a couple of days there were four Japanese Orions at Pearce. 5031 operated its first search flight from RAAF Pearce on 12 April 2014 as ‘RESCUE 931’, taking over the callsign previously used by 5056. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014. The Japanese aircraft flew a combined 46 missions, or the equivalent of 400 hours, over the seas off Malaysia and Australia.
Photo © David Eyre
5031 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9028) of 3 Kokutai, Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 30 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
5031 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9028) of 3 Kokutai, Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 30 April 2014.
Heading back home after the conclusion of the air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Seen here after take-off from runway 18L at 9:02am, departing RAAF Pearce to Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore, and then Japan, using callsign ‘JAPAN NAVY 31’. The aircraft is based at Atsugi NAS, Japan. 5031 first arrived at RAAF Pearce on 9 April 2014, arriving from Subang Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘JAPAN NAVY 31’. JMSDF Orions 5031 and 5037 arrived as replacements for 5056 and 5060, which departed RAAF Pearce on 11 April 2014, so for a couple of days there were four Japanese Orions at Pearce. 5031 operated its first search flight from RAAF Pearce on 12 April 2014 as ‘RESCUE 931’, taking over the callsign previously used by 5056. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014. The Japanese aircraft flew a combined 46 missions, or the equivalent of 400 hours, over the seas off Malaysia and Australia.
Photo © David Eyre
5037 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9034) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 3 Kokutai, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 30 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
5037 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9034) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 3 Kokutai, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 30 April 2014.
Heading back home after the conclusion of the air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Seen here after take-off from runway 18L at 9:04am, departing RAAF Pearce to Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore, and then Japan, using callsign ‘JAPAN NAVY 37’. The aircraft is based at Atsugi NAS, Japan.
5037 first arrived at RAAF Pearce on 9 April 2014, arriving from Subang Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘JAPAN NAVY 37’. JMSDF Orions 5031 and 5037 arrived as replacements for 5056 and 5060, which departed RAAF Pearce on 11 April 2014, so for a couple of days there were four Japanese Orions at Pearce. 5037 operated its first search flight from RAAF Pearce on 12 April 2014 as ‘RESCUE 932’, taking over the callsign previously used by 5060. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014, and on 29 April 2014, 5037 was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search.
Photo © David Eyre
5037 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9034) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 3 Kokutai, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 30 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
5037 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9034) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 3 Kokutai, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 30 April 2014.
Heading back home after the conclusion of the air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Seen here after take-off from runway 18L at 9:04am, departing RAAF Pearce to Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore, and then Japan, using callsign ‘JAPAN NAVY 37’. The aircraft is based at Atsugi NAS, Japan.
5037 first arrived at RAAF Pearce on 9 April 2014, arriving from Subang Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘JAPAN NAVY 37’. JMSDF Orions 5031 and 5037 arrived as replacements for 5056 and 5060, which departed RAAF Pearce on 11 April 2014, so for a couple of days there were four Japanese Orions at Pearce. 5037 operated its first search flight from RAAF Pearce on 12 April 2014 as ‘RESCUE 932’, taking over the callsign previously used by 5060. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014, and on 29 April 2014, 5037 was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search.
Photo © David Eyre
5037 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9034) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 3 Kokutai, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 30 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
5037 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9034) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 3 Kokutai, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 30 April 2014.
Heading back home after the conclusion of the air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Seen here after take-off from runway 18L at 9:04am, departing RAAF Pearce to Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore, and then Japan, using callsign ‘JAPAN NAVY 37’. The aircraft is based at Atsugi NAS, Japan.
5037 first arrived at RAAF Pearce on 9 April 2014, arriving from Subang Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘JAPAN NAVY 37’. JMSDF Orions 5031 and 5037 arrived as replacements for 5056 and 5060, which departed RAAF Pearce on 11 April 2014, so for a couple of days there were four Japanese Orions at Pearce. 5037 operated its first search flight from RAAF Pearce on 12 April 2014 as ‘RESCUE 932’, taking over the callsign previously used by 5060. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014, and on 29 April 2014, 5037 was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search.
Photo © David Eyre
5037 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9034) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 3 Kokutai, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 30 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
5037 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9034) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 3 Kokutai, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 30 April 2014.
Heading back home after the conclusion of the air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Seen here after take-off from runway 18L at 9:04am, departing RAAF Pearce to Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore, and then Japan, using callsign ‘JAPAN NAVY 37’. The aircraft is based at Atsugi NAS, Japan.
5037 first arrived at RAAF Pearce on 9 April 2014, arriving from Subang Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘JAPAN NAVY 37’. JMSDF Orions 5031 and 5037 arrived as replacements for 5056 and 5060, which departed RAAF Pearce on 11 April 2014, so for a couple of days there were four Japanese Orions at Pearce. 5037 operated its first search flight from RAAF Pearce on 12 April 2014 as ‘RESCUE 932’, taking over the callsign previously used by 5060. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014, and on 29 April 2014, 5037 was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search.
Photo © David Eyre
5037 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9034) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 3 Kokutai, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 30 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
5037 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9034) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 3 Kokutai, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 30 April 2014.
Heading back home after the conclusion of the air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Seen here after take-off from runway 18L at 9:04am, departing RAAF Pearce to Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore, and then Japan, using callsign ‘JAPAN NAVY 37’. The aircraft is based at Atsugi NAS, Japan.
5037 first arrived at RAAF Pearce on 9 April 2014, arriving from Subang Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘JAPAN NAVY 37’. JMSDF Orions 5031 and 5037 arrived as replacements for 5056 and 5060, which departed RAAF Pearce on 11 April 2014, so for a couple of days there were four Japanese Orions at Pearce. 5037 operated its first search flight from RAAF Pearce on 12 April 2014 as ‘RESCUE 932’, taking over the callsign previously used by 5060. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014, and on 29 April 2014, 5037 was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search.
Photo © David Eyre
Cargo hold of 20541 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 0083486570) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) (China), at Perth Airport – Wed 30 April 2014. Photo © Wilson
Cargo hold of 20541 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 0083486570) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) (China), at Perth Airport – Wed 30 April 2014.
‘RESCUE 801’ returning to land on runway 21 at 14:04, after a search flight looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. This first arrived at Perth Airport on 22 March 2014, arriving from Sungai Besi Air Base, Malaysia, as ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 541’. Flew its first search mission on 24 March 2014. Departed back to China via Subang, Malaysia on 3 May 2014 as ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 541’. 20541 was built in 1988, ex CCCP-78761 (Soviet AF), EW-78761 (Belarus AF), 27601 (PLAAF).
Photo © Wilson
Cockpit of 20541 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 0083486570) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) (China), at Perth Airport – Wed 30 April 2014. Photo © Wilson
Cockpit of 20541 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 0083486570) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) (China), at Perth Airport – Wed 30 April 2014.
This first arrived at Perth Airport on 22 March 2014, arriving from Sungai Besi Air Base, Malaysia, as ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 541’, to participate in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. It flew its first search mission on 24 March 2014. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014, and 20541 departed back to China via Subang, Malaysia on 3 May 2014 as ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 541’. 20541 was built in 1988, ex CCCP-78761 (Soviet AF), EW-78761 (Belarus AF), 27601 (PLAAF).
Photo © Wilson
Cockpit of 20541 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 0083486570) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) (China), at Perth Airport – Wed 30 April 2014. Photo © Wilson
Cockpit of 20541 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 0083486570) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) (China), at Perth Airport – Wed 30 April 2014.
This first arrived at Perth Airport on 22 March 2014, arriving from Sungai Besi Air Base, Malaysia, as ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 541’, to participate in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. It flew its first search mission on 24 March 2014. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014, and 20541 departed back to China via Subang, Malaysia on 3 May 2014 as ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 541’. 20541 was built in 1988, ex CCCP-78761 (Soviet AF), EW-78761 (Belarus AF), 27601 (PLAAF).
Photo © Wilson
Navigator's station in the glazed nose of 20541 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 0083486570) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) (China), at Perth Airport – Wed 30 April 2014. Photo © Wilson
Navigator’s station in the glazed nose of 20541 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 0083486570) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) (China), at Perth Airport – Wed 30 April 2014.
This first arrived at Perth Airport on 22 March 2014, arriving from Sungai Besi Air Base, Malaysia, as ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 541’, to participate in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. It flew its first search mission on 24 March 2014. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014, and 20541 departed back to China via Subang, Malaysia on 3 May 2014 as ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 541’. 20541 was built in 1988, ex CCCP-78761 (Soviet AF), EW-78761 (Belarus AF), 27601 (PLAAF).
Photo © Wilson
21045 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 1033416524) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), at Perth Airport – Wed 30 April 2014. Photo © Wilson
21045 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 1033416524) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), at Perth Airport – Wed 30 April 2014.
21045 first arrived at Perth Airport on 22 March 2014, arriving from Sungai Besi Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 045’. It was one of two PLAAF IL-76MD aircraft deployed to Perth Airport for the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Usually, one IL-76 operated a search flight each day, and they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with a full fuel load. 21045 flew its first search flight on 24 March 2014, and always using callsign RESCUE 802 during search flights. The air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was called off on 28 April 2014. To mark the end of the air search, 21045 made a short flight on 29 April 2014 from Perth Airport to RAAF Pearce as ‘RESCUE 802’, where it was photographed in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, before returning to Perth Airport in the afternoon. It departed Perth Airport to Subang, Malaysia on 3 May 2014 as ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 045’. Built in 1993, ex B-4034 (China United Airlines).
Photo © Wilson
21045 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 1033416524) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), at Perth Airport – Wed 30 April 2014. Photo © Wilson
21045 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 1033416524) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), at Perth Airport – Wed 30 April 2014.
21045 first arrived at Perth Airport on 22 March 2014, arriving from Sungai Besi Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 045’. It was one of two PLAAF IL-76MD aircraft deployed to Perth Airport for the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Usually, one IL-76 operated a search flight each day, and they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with a full fuel load. 21045 flew its first search flight on 24 March 2014, and always using callsign RESCUE 802 during search flights. The air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was called off on 28 April 2014. To mark the end of the air search, 21045 made a short flight on 29 April 2014 from Perth Airport to RAAF Pearce as ‘RESCUE 802’, where it was photographed in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, before returning to Perth Airport in the afternoon. It departed Perth Airport to Subang, Malaysia on 3 May 2014 as ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 045’. Built in 1993, ex B-4034 (China United Airlines).
Photo © Wilson
21045 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 1033416524) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), at Perth Airport – Wed 30 April 2014. Photo © Wilson
21045 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 1033416524) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), at Perth Airport – Wed 30 April 2014.
21045 first arrived at Perth Airport on 22 March 2014, arriving from Sungai Besi Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 045’. It was one of two PLAAF IL-76MD aircraft deployed to Perth Airport for the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Usually, one IL-76 operated a search flight each day, and they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with a full fuel load. 21045 flew its first search flight on 24 March 2014, and always using callsign RESCUE 802 during search flights. The air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was called off on 28 April 2014. To mark the end of the air search, 21045 made a short flight on 29 April 2014 from Perth Airport to RAAF Pearce as ‘RESCUE 802’, where it was photographed in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, before returning to Perth Airport in the afternoon. It departed Perth Airport to Subang, Malaysia on 3 May 2014 as ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 045’. Built in 1993, ex B-4034 (China United Airlines).
Photo © Wilson
168429 / LF-429 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40809/3792) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Tue 29 April 2014. Photo © Steve Jaksic
168429 / LF-429 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40809/3792) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Tue 29 April 2014.
The air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was called off on 28 April 2014 and 168429 flew the final P-8 search flight that day as ‘RESCUE 74’. It also flew the first P-8 search flight in the Australia-based search for MH370. To mark the end of the air search, 168429 made a short flight on 29 April 2014 from Perth Airport (as seen here, taking off from runway 21 at 8:29am) to RAAF Pearce as ‘RESCUE 74’, where it was photographed in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, before returning to Perth Airport in the afternoon. 168429 is based at Jacksonville NAS, Florida, but deployed to Kadena Air Base, Japan. It first arrived at Perth Airport on 18 March 2014 (see photos) from Subang, Malaysia. The P-8s were based at Perth Airport as they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with a full fuel load. 168429 initially used the call sign RESCUE 74, and later RESCUE 74 or RESCUE 75 during search operations. On 10 April 2014, it departed Perth Airport to Subang and Kadena Air Base (Japan) using callsign ‘MY102′, having been replaced by another P-8 from Kadena. On 22 April 2014, it returned to Perth Airport from Kadena using callsign ‘AU104′, to replace 168439. On 1 May 2014, the aircraft departed Perth to Kadena Air Base, Japan, using callsign ‘AU104′.
Photo © Steve Jaksic
21045 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 1033416524) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), at Perth Airport – Tue 29 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
21045 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 1033416524) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), at Perth Airport – Tue 29 April 2014.
The air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was called off on 28 April 2014. To mark the end of the air search, 21045 made a short flight on 29 April 2014 from Perth Airport (as seen here, taking off from runway 21 at 9:37am) to RAAF Pearce as ‘RESCUE 802’, where it was photographed in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, before returning to Perth Airport in the afternoon. 21045 first arrived at Perth Airport on 22 March 2014, arriving from Sungai Besi Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 045’. It was one of two PLAAF IL-76MD aircraft deployed to Perth Airport for the search, and usually, one IL-76 operated a search flight each day – they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with a full fuel load. 21045 flew its first search flight on 24 March 2014. It departed Perth Airport to Subang, Malaysia on 3 May 2014 as ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 045’.
Built in 1993, ex B-4034 (China United Airlines).
Photo © Keith Anderson
21045 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 1033416524) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), at Perth Airport – Tue 29 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
21045 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 1033416524) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), at Perth Airport – Tue 29 April 2014.
The air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was called off on 28 April 2014. To mark the end of the air search, 21045 made a short flight on 29 April 2014 from Perth Airport (as seen here, taking off from runway 21 at 9:37am) to RAAF Pearce as ‘RESCUE 802’, where it was photographed in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, before returning to Perth Airport in the afternoon. 21045 first arrived at Perth Airport on 22 March 2014, arriving from Sungai Besi Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 045’. It was one of two PLAAF IL-76MD aircraft deployed to Perth Airport for the search, and usually, one IL-76 operated a search flight each day – they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with a full fuel load. 21045 flew its first search flight on 24 March 2014. It departed Perth Airport to Subang, Malaysia on 3 May 2014 as ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 045’.
Built in 1993, ex B-4034 (China United Airlines).
Photo © Keith Anderson
21045 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 1033416524) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), at Perth Airport – Tue 29 April 2014. Photo © Steve Jaksic
21045 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 1033416524) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), at Perth Airport – Tue 29 April 2014.
The air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was called off on 28 April 2014. To mark the end of the air search, 21045 made a short flight on 29 April 2014 from Perth Airport (as seen here, taking off from runway 21 at 9:37am) to RAAF Pearce as ‘RESCUE 802’, where it was photographed in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, before returning to Perth Airport in the afternoon. 21045 first arrived at Perth Airport on 22 March 2014, arriving from Sungai Besi Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 045’. It was one of two PLAAF IL-76MD aircraft deployed to Perth Airport for the search, and usually, one IL-76 operated a search flight each day – they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with a full fuel load. 21045 flew its first search flight on 24 March 2014. It departed Perth Airport to Subang, Malaysia on 3 May 2014 as ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 045’.
Built in 1993, ex B-4034 (China United Airlines).
Photo © Steve Jaksic
21045 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 1033416524) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), at Perth Airport – Tue 29 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
21045 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 1033416524) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), at Perth Airport – Tue 29 April 2014.
The air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was called off on 28 April 2014. To mark the end of the air search, 21045 made a short flight on 29 April 2014 from Perth Airport (as seen here, taking off from runway 21 at 9:37am) to RAAF Pearce as ‘RESCUE 802’, where it was photographed in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, before returning to Perth Airport in the afternoon. 21045 first arrived at Perth Airport on 22 March 2014, arriving from Sungai Besi Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 045’. It was one of two PLAAF IL-76MD aircraft deployed to Perth Airport for the search, and usually, one IL-76 operated a search flight each day – they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with a full fuel load. 21045 flew its first search flight on 24 March 2014. It departed Perth Airport to Subang, Malaysia on 3 May 2014 as ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 045’.
Built in 1993, ex B-4034 (China United Airlines).
Photo © Keith Anderson
21045 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 1033416524) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), at Perth Airport – Tue 29 April 2014. Photo © Steve Jaksic
21045 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 1033416524) of the 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), at Perth Airport – Tue 29 April 2014.
The air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was called off on 28 April 2014. To mark the end of the air search, 21045 made a short flight on 29 April 2014 from Perth Airport (as seen here, taking off from runway 21 at 9:37am) to RAAF Pearce as ‘RESCUE 802’, where it was photographed in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, before returning to Perth Airport in the afternoon. 21045 first arrived at Perth Airport on 22 March 2014, arriving from Sungai Besi Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 045’. It was one of two PLAAF IL-76MD aircraft deployed to Perth Airport for the search, and usually, one IL-76 operated a search flight each day – they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with a full fuel load. 21045 flew its first search flight on 24 March 2014. It departed Perth Airport to Subang, Malaysia on 3 May 2014 as ‘CHINA AIR FORCE 045’.
Built in 1993, ex B-4034 (China United Airlines).
Photo © Steve Jaksic
168433 / LF-433 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40813/4055) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Sun 27 April 2014. Photo © Wilson
168433 / LF-433 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40813/4055) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Sun 27 April 2014.
At Terminal 2 apron at 1:21pm, next to 168429. Here to participate in the air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. 168433 is based at Jacksonville NAS, Florida, but deployed to Kadena Air Base, Japan. It first arrived at Perth Airport on 26 April 2014 from Kadena. The P-8s were based at Perth Airport as they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with a full fuel load. 168433 arrived fitted with underwing weapons pylons – the only P-8 to visit Perth with these. It was intended to replace 168438, which left Perth for Kadena the same day. However, 168433 remained parked at Perth Airport and never flew any search flights, as the search was suspended on 27 April 2014 due to bad weather, then the air search was called off on 28 April 2014. 168433 departed on 1 May 2014 back to Kadena using callsign ‘AU105’.
Photo © Wilson
NZ4204 Lockheed P-3K2 Orion (MSN 185-5202) of 5 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, at RAAF Pearce - Tue 22 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
NZ4204 Lockheed P-3K2 Orion (MSN 185-5202) of 5 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Tue 22 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 795’, seen here after take-off from runway 18L at 7:26am on another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. NZ4204 returned hours earlier than usual, as the air search was suspended due to bad weather in the search area caused by Tropical Cyclone Jack. This aircraft is home-based at RNZAF Base Auckland, New Zealand, and first arrived at RAAF Pearce on 19 March 2014 using callsign ‘KIWI 027’ – it replaced another RNZAF Orion, NZ4203, which had to depart to participate in a military exercise. NZ4204 used the callsign RESCUE 795. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014, and on 29 April 2014, NZ4204 was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. On 30 April 2014, NZ4204 departed RAAF Pearce to RAAF Richmond using the callsign ‘KIWI 795′, and the following day (1 May 2014), it departed RAAF Richmond to RNZAF Whenuapai, New Zealand.
Photo © David Eyre
A9-664 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5793) of the 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Tue 22 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A9-664 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5793) of the 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Tue 22 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 103’, seen here after take-off from runway 18L at 8:08am on another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. A9-664 returned hours earlier than usual, as the air search was suspended due to bad weather in the search area caused by Tropical Cyclone Jack. This aircraft is home-based at RAAF Edinburgh, South Australia.
Photo © David Eyre
A9-664 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5793) of the 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Tue 22 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A9-664 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5793) of the 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Tue 22 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 103’, seen here after take-off from runway 18L at 8:08am on another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. A9-664 returned hours earlier than usual, as the air search was suspended due to bad weather in the search area caused by Tropical Cyclone Jack. This aircraft is home-based at RAAF Edinburgh, South Australia.
Photo © David Eyre
A9-664 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5793) of the 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Tue 22 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A9-664 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5793) of the 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Tue 22 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 103’, seen here after take-off from runway 18L at 8:08am on another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. A9-664 returned hours earlier than usual, as the air search was suspended due to bad weather in the search area caused by Tropical Cyclone Jack. This aircraft is home-based at RAAF Edinburgh, South Australia.
Photo © David Eyre
A9-664 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5793) of the 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Tue 22 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A9-664 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5793) of the 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Tue 22 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 103’, seen here after take-off from runway 18L at 8:08am on another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. A9-664 returned hours earlier than usual, as the air search was suspended due to bad weather in the search area caused by Tropical Cyclone Jack. This aircraft is home-based at RAAF Edinburgh, South Australia.
Photo © David Eyre
A9-664 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5793) of the 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Tue 22 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A9-664 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5793) of the 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Tue 22 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 103’, seen here after take-off from runway 18L at 8:08am on another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. A9-664 returned hours earlier than usual, as the air search was suspended due to bad weather in the search area caused by Tropical Cyclone Jack. This aircraft is home-based at RAAF Edinburgh, South Australia.
Photo © David Eyre
A41-209 Boeing C-17A Globemaster III (MSN F-184/AUS-4, ex 06-0209) of 36 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Tue 22 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A41-209 Boeing C-17A Globemaster III (MSN F-184/AUS-4, ex 06-0209) of 36 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Tue 22 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘STALLION 35’, seen after a very short takeoff from runway 18L at Pearce 08 8:24am, heading back to RAAF Edinburgh. The aircraft arrived the previous day from RAAF Edinburgh using the same callsign. It was possibly bringing logistics support for the RAAF Orions deployed to Pearce.
Photo © David Eyre
A41-209 Boeing C-17A Globemaster III (MSN F-184/AUS-4, ex 06-0209) of 36 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Tue 22 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A41-209 Boeing C-17A Globemaster III (MSN F-184/AUS-4, ex 06-0209) of 36 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Tue 22 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘STALLION 35’, seen after a very short takeoff from runway 18L at Pearce 08 8:24am, heading back to RAAF Edinburgh. The aircraft arrived the previous day from RAAF Edinburgh using the same callsign. It was possibly bringing logistics support for the RAAF Orions deployed to Pearce.
Photo © David Eyre
A41-209 Boeing C-17A Globemaster III (MSN F-184/AUS-4, ex 06-0209) of 36 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Tue 22 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A41-209 Boeing C-17A Globemaster III (MSN F-184/AUS-4, ex 06-0209) of 36 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Tue 22 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘STALLION 35’, seen after a very short takeoff from runway 18L at Pearce 08 8:24am, heading back to RAAF Edinburgh. The aircraft arrived the previous day from RAAF Edinburgh using the same callsign. It was possibly bringing logistics support for the RAAF Orions deployed to Pearce.
Photo © David Eyre
A41-209 Boeing C-17A Globemaster III (MSN F-184/AUS-4, ex 06-0209) of 36 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Tue 22 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A41-209 Boeing C-17A Globemaster III (MSN F-184/AUS-4, ex 06-0209) of 36 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Tue 22 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘STALLION 35’, seen after a very short takeoff from runway 18L at Pearce 08 8:24am, heading back to RAAF Edinburgh. The aircraft arrived the previous day from RAAF Edinburgh using the same callsign. It was possibly bringing logistics support for the RAAF Orions deployed to Pearce.
Photo © David Eyre
A9-664 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5793) of 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
A9-664 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5793) of 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 105’, taking off from runway 18L at 08:04 on another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. Normally based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia. For the RAAF Orions, RESCUE callsigns referred to crews, and the same callsigns were used on various Orions. Callsigns used by the Orions were RESCUE 102, RESCUE 103, RESCUE 104, and RESCUE 105. RAAF Orions were rotated through Pearce to keep flight hours balanced throughout the fleet, due to higher than normal utilisation on search operations.
Photo © Keith Anderson
A9-664 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5793) of 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
A9-664 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5793) of 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 105’, taking off from runway 18L at 08:04 on another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. Normally based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia. For the RAAF Orions, RESCUE callsigns referred to crews, and the same callsigns were used on various Orions. Callsigns used by the Orions were RESCUE 102, RESCUE 103, RESCUE 104, and RESCUE 105. RAAF Orions were rotated through Pearce to keep flight hours balanced throughout the fleet, due to higher than normal utilisation on search operations.
Photo © Keith Anderson
A9-664 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5793) of 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
A9-664 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5793) of 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 105’, taking off from runway 18L at 08:04 on another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. Normally based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia. For the RAAF Orions, RESCUE callsigns referred to crews, and the same callsigns were used on various Orions. Callsigns used by the Orions were RESCUE 102, RESCUE 103, RESCUE 104, and RESCUE 105. RAAF Orions were rotated through Pearce to keep flight hours balanced throughout the fleet, due to higher than normal utilisation on search operations.
Photo © Keith Anderson
A9-664 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5793) of 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
A9-664 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5793) of 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 105’, taking off from runway 18L at 08:04 on another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. Normally based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia. For the RAAF Orions, RESCUE callsigns referred to crews, and the same callsigns were used on various Orions. Callsigns used by the Orions were RESCUE 102, RESCUE 103, RESCUE 104, and RESCUE 105. RAAF Orions were rotated through Pearce to keep flight hours balanced throughout the fleet, due to higher than normal utilisation on search operations.
Photo © Keith Anderson
950905 Lockheed P-3C-III+ Orion (MSN 285K-5834) of 613 Navy Squadron, Republic of Korea Navy, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
950905 Lockheed P-3C-III+ Orion (MSN 285K-5834) of 613 Navy Squadron, Republic of Korea Navy, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 86’, taking off runway 18L at 8:16am on another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. Normally based at Pohang Air Base, South Korea. This aircraft first arrived at RAAF Pearce from Subang, Malaysia on 25 March 2014 as ‘RESCUE 86’. It remained on search operations at Pearce until the air search was called off on 28 April 2014. On 29 April 2014, it was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. On 1 May 2014, it departed RAAF Pearce to RAAF Darwin as ‘KOREAN NAVY 905′, and then returned home to South Korea.
Photo © Keith Anderson
950905 Lockheed P-3C-III+ Orion (MSN 285K-5834) of 613 Navy Squadron, Republic of Korea Navy, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
950905 Lockheed P-3C-III+ Orion (MSN 285K-5834) of 613 Navy Squadron, Republic of Korea Navy, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 86’, taking off runway 18L at 8:16am on another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. Normally based at Pohang Air Base, South Korea. This aircraft first arrived at RAAF Pearce from Subang, Malaysia on 25 March 2014 as ‘RESCUE 86’. It remained on search operations at Pearce until the air search was called off on 28 April 2014. On 29 April 2014, it was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. On 1 May 2014, it departed RAAF Pearce to RAAF Darwin as ‘KOREAN NAVY 905′, and then returned home to South Korea.
Photo © Keith Anderson
950905 Lockheed P-3C-III+ Orion (MSN 285K-5834) of 613 Navy Squadron, Republic of Korea Navy, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
950905 Lockheed P-3C-III+ Orion (MSN 285K-5834) of 613 Navy Squadron, Republic of Korea Navy, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 86’, taking off runway 18L at 8:16am on another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. Normally based at Pohang Air Base, South Korea. This aircraft first arrived at RAAF Pearce from Subang, Malaysia on 25 March 2014 as ‘RESCUE 86’. It remained on search operations at Pearce until the air search was called off on 28 April 2014. On 29 April 2014, it was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. On 1 May 2014, it departed RAAF Pearce to RAAF Darwin as ‘KOREAN NAVY 905′, and then returned home to South Korea.
Photo © Keith Anderson
950905 Lockheed P-3C-III+ Orion (MSN 285K-5834) of 613 Navy Squadron, Republic of Korea Navy, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
950905 Lockheed P-3C-III+ Orion (MSN 285K-5834) of 613 Navy Squadron, Republic of Korea Navy, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 86’, taking off runway 18L at 8:16am on another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. Normally based at Pohang Air Base, South Korea. This aircraft first arrived at RAAF Pearce from Subang, Malaysia on 25 March 2014 as ‘RESCUE 86’. It remained on search operations at Pearce until the air search was called off on 28 April 2014. On 29 April 2014, it was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. On 1 May 2014, it departed RAAF Pearce to RAAF Darwin as ‘KOREAN NAVY 905′, and then returned home to South Korea.
Photo © Keith Anderson
950905 Lockheed P-3C-III+ Orion (MSN 285K-5834) of 613 Navy Squadron, Republic of Korea Navy, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
950905 Lockheed P-3C-III+ Orion (MSN 285K-5834) of 613 Navy Squadron, Republic of Korea Navy, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 86’, taking off runway 18L at 8:16am on another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. Normally based at Pohang Air Base, South Korea. This aircraft first arrived at RAAF Pearce from Subang, Malaysia on 25 March 2014 as ‘RESCUE 86’. It remained on search operations at Pearce until the air search was called off on 28 April 2014. On 29 April 2014, it was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. On 1 May 2014, it departed RAAF Pearce to RAAF Darwin as ‘KOREAN NAVY 905′, and then returned home to South Korea.
Photo © Keith Anderson
950905 Lockheed P-3C-III+ Orion (MSN 285K-5834) of 613 Navy Squadron, Republic of Korea Navy, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
950905 Lockheed P-3C-III+ Orion (MSN 285K-5834) of 613 Navy Squadron, Republic of Korea Navy, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 86’, on final approach to runway 18L at 5:47pm (sunset) on cloudy day, returning from another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. The aircraft took off at 8:16am today. This aircraft is normally based at Pohang Air Base, South Korea. It first arrived at RAAF Pearce on 25 March 2014 from Subang, Malaysia, using callsign ‘RESCUE 86’. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014, and on 29 April 2014 this aircraft was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. On 1 May 2014, it departed RAAF Pearce to RAAF Darwin as ‘KOREAN NAVY 905′.
Photo © David Eyre
950905 Lockheed P-3C-III+ Orion (MSN 285K-5834) of 613 Navy Squadron, Republic of Korea Navy, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
950905 Lockheed P-3C-III+ Orion (MSN 285K-5834) of 613 Navy Squadron, Republic of Korea Navy, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 86’, on final approach to runway 18L at 5:47pm (sunset) on cloudy day, returning from another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. The aircraft took off at 8:16am today. This aircraft is normally based at Pohang Air Base, South Korea. It first arrived at RAAF Pearce on 25 March 2014 from Subang, Malaysia, using callsign ‘RESCUE 86’. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014, and on 29 April 2014 this aircraft was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. On 1 May 2014, it departed RAAF Pearce to RAAF Darwin as ‘KOREAN NAVY 905′.
Photo © David Eyre
950905 Lockheed P-3C-III+ Orion (MSN 285K-5834) of 613 Navy Squadron, Republic of Korea Navy, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
950905 Lockheed P-3C-III+ Orion (MSN 285K-5834) of 613 Navy Squadron, Republic of Korea Navy, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 86’, on final approach to runway 18L at 5:47pm (sunset) on cloudy day, returning from another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. The aircraft took off at 8:16am today. This aircraft is normally based at Pohang Air Base, South Korea. It first arrived at RAAF Pearce on 25 March 2014 from Subang, Malaysia, using callsign ‘RESCUE 86’. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014, and on 29 April 2014 this aircraft was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. On 1 May 2014, it departed RAAF Pearce to RAAF Darwin as ‘KOREAN NAVY 905′.
Photo © David Eyre
950905 Lockheed P-3C-III+ Orion (MSN 285K-5834) of 613 Navy Squadron, Republic of Korea Navy, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
950905 Lockheed P-3C-III+ Orion (MSN 285K-5834) of 613 Navy Squadron, Republic of Korea Navy, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 86’, on final approach to runway 18L at 5:47pm (sunset) on cloudy day, returning from another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. The aircraft took off at 8:16am today. This aircraft is normally based at Pohang Air Base, South Korea. It first arrived at RAAF Pearce on 25 March 2014 from Subang, Malaysia, using callsign ‘RESCUE 86’. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014, and on 29 April 2014 this aircraft was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. On 1 May 2014, it departed RAAF Pearce to RAAF Darwin as ‘KOREAN NAVY 905′.
Photo © David Eyre
950905 Lockheed P-3C-III+ Orion (MSN 285K-5834) of 613 Navy Squadron, Republic of Korea Navy, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
950905 Lockheed P-3C-III+ Orion (MSN 285K-5834) of 613 Navy Squadron, Republic of Korea Navy, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 86’, on final approach to runway 18L at 5:47pm (sunset) on cloudy day, returning from another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. The aircraft took off at 8:16am today. This aircraft is normally based at Pohang Air Base, South Korea. It first arrived at RAAF Pearce on 25 March 2014 from Subang, Malaysia, using callsign ‘RESCUE 86’. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014, and on 29 April 2014 this aircraft was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. On 1 May 2014, it departed RAAF Pearce to RAAF Darwin as ‘KOREAN NAVY 905′.
Photo © David Eyre
950905 Lockheed P-3C-III+ Orion (MSN 285K-5834) of 613 Navy Squadron, Republic of Korea Navy, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
950905 Lockheed P-3C-III+ Orion (MSN 285K-5834) of 613 Navy Squadron, Republic of Korea Navy, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 86’, on final approach to runway 18L at 5:47pm (sunset) on cloudy day, returning from another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. The aircraft took off at 8:16am today. This aircraft is normally based at Pohang Air Base, South Korea. It first arrived at RAAF Pearce on 25 March 2014 from Subang, Malaysia, using callsign ‘RESCUE 86’. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014, and on 29 April 2014 this aircraft was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. On 1 May 2014, it departed RAAF Pearce to RAAF Darwin as ‘KOREAN NAVY 905′.
Photo © David Eyre
M30-12 Lockheed C-130H-30 Hercules (MSN 382-5277) of 20 Squadron, Royal Malaysian Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
M30-12 Lockheed C-130H-30 Hercules (MSN 382-5277) of 20 Squadron, Royal Malaysian Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014.
‘RESCUE 281’ taking off from runway 18L at 8:27am, on another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (Boeing 777-2H6ER, registration 9M-MRO). Normally based at Subang Air Base, Malaysia. M30-12 first arrived at Pearce from Subang via Jakarta-Halim on 29 March 2014 using callsign ‘RMF460A’. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014. M30-12 made a one-hour flight from Pearce on 29 April 2014, then remained on the ground at Pearce until 9 May 2014, when it departed Pearce at 11:18pm to Jakarta-Halim (Indonesia) and Subang (Malaysia). Callsign unknown. Arrived back at Subang at 11am on 10 May 2014.
Photo © Keith Anderson
M30-12 Lockheed C-130H-30 Hercules (MSN 382-5277) of 20 Squadron, Royal Malaysian Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
M30-12 Lockheed C-130H-30 Hercules (MSN 382-5277) of 20 Squadron, Royal Malaysian Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014.
‘RESCUE 281’ taking off from runway 18L at 8:27am, on another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (Boeing 777-2H6ER, registration 9M-MRO). Normally based at Subang Air Base, Malaysia. M30-12 first arrived at Pearce from Subang via Jakarta-Halim on 29 March 2014 using callsign ‘RMF460A’. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014. M30-12 made a one-hour flight from Pearce on 29 April 2014, then remained on the ground at Pearce until 9 May 2014, when it departed Pearce at 11:18pm to Jakarta-Halim (Indonesia) and Subang (Malaysia). Callsign unknown. Arrived back at Subang at 11am on 10 May 2014.
Photo © Keith Anderson
A9-659 Lockheed AP-3C Orion of Royal Australian Air Force at RAAF Base Pearce – 21 March 2014
A9-659 Lockheed AP-3C Orion of Royal Australian Air Force at RAAF Base Pearce – 21 March 2014
Returning after a mission involving the search for Malaysia Airlines MH370
Photo © Richard Kreider
M30-12 Lockheed C-130H-30 Hercules (MSN 382-5277) of 20 Squadron, Royal Malaysian Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
M30-12 Lockheed C-130H-30 Hercules (MSN 382-5277) of 20 Squadron, Royal Malaysian Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014.
‘RESCUE 281’ taking off from runway 18L at 8:27am, on another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (Boeing 777-2H6ER, registration 9M-MRO). Normally based at Subang Air Base, Malaysia. M30-12 first arrived at Pearce from Subang via Jakarta-Halim on 29 March 2014 using callsign ‘RMF460A’. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014. M30-12 made a one-hour flight from Pearce on 29 April 2014, then remained on the ground at Pearce until 9 May 2014, when it departed Pearce at 11:18pm to Jakarta-Halim (Indonesia) and Subang (Malaysia). Callsign unknown. Arrived back at Subang at 11am on 10 May 2014.
Photo © Keith Anderson
M30-12 Lockheed C-130H-30 Hercules (MSN 382-5277) of 20 Squadron, Royal Malaysian Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
M30-12 Lockheed C-130H-30 Hercules (MSN 382-5277) of 20 Squadron, Royal Malaysian Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014.
‘RESCUE 281’ taking off from runway 18L at 8:27am, on another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (Boeing 777-2H6ER, registration 9M-MRO). Normally based at Subang Air Base, Malaysia. M30-12 first arrived at Pearce from Subang via Jakarta-Halim on 29 March 2014 using callsign ‘RMF460A’. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014. M30-12 made a one-hour flight from Pearce on 29 April 2014, then remained on the ground at Pearce until 9 May 2014, when it departed Pearce at 11:18pm to Jakarta-Halim (Indonesia) and Subang (Malaysia). Callsign unknown. Arrived back at Subang at 11am on 10 May 2014.
Photo © Keith Anderson
M30-09 Lockheed C-130H-MP Hercules (MSN 382-4866) of 20 Squadron, Royal Malaysian Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
M30-09 Lockheed C-130H-MP Hercules (MSN 382-4866) of 20 Squadron, Royal Malaysian Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 282’, taking off from runway 18L at 9:34am, on another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (Boeing 777-2H6ER, registration 9M-MRO). Normally based at Subang Air Base, Malaysia. The aircraft first arrived at RAAF Pearce on 6 April 2014, using callsign ‘RMF462′. From 8 April 2014, it was noted using the callsign ‘RESCUE 281′ from RAAF Learmonth and RAAF Pearce. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014. On 29 April 2014, M30-09 was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. Later that night, it departed Pearce via Jakarta-Halim to Subang.
Photo © Keith Anderson
M30-09 Lockheed C-130H-MP Hercules (MSN 382-4866) of 20 Squadron, Royal Malaysian Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
M30-09 Lockheed C-130H-MP Hercules (MSN 382-4866) of 20 Squadron, Royal Malaysian Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 282’, taking off from runway 18L at 9:34am, on another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (Boeing 777-2H6ER, registration 9M-MRO). Normally based at Subang Air Base, Malaysia. The aircraft first arrived at RAAF Pearce on 6 April 2014, using callsign ‘RMF462′. From 8 April 2014, it was noted using the callsign ‘RESCUE 281′ from RAAF Learmonth and RAAF Pearce. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014. On 29 April 2014, M30-09 was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. Later that night, it departed Pearce via Jakarta-Halim to Subang.
Photo © Keith Anderson
M30-09 Lockheed C-130H-MP Hercules (MSN 382-4866) of 20 Squadron, Royal Malaysian Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
M30-09 Lockheed C-130H-MP Hercules (MSN 382-4866) of 20 Squadron, Royal Malaysian Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 282’, taking off from runway 18L at 9:34am, on another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (Boeing 777-2H6ER, registration 9M-MRO). Normally based at Subang Air Base, Malaysia. The aircraft first arrived at RAAF Pearce on 6 April 2014, using callsign ‘RMF462′. From 8 April 2014, it was noted using the callsign ‘RESCUE 281′ from RAAF Learmonth and RAAF Pearce. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014. On 29 April 2014, M30-09 was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. Later that night, it departed Pearce via Jakarta-Halim to Subang.
Photo © Keith Anderson
M30-09 Lockheed C-130H-MP Hercules (MSN 382-4866) of 20 Squadron, Royal Malaysian Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
M30-09 Lockheed C-130H-MP Hercules (MSN 382-4866) of 20 Squadron, Royal Malaysian Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 282’, taking off from runway 18L at 9:34am, on another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (Boeing 777-2H6ER, registration 9M-MRO). Normally based at Subang Air Base, Malaysia. The aircraft first arrived at RAAF Pearce on 6 April 2014, using callsign ‘RMF462′. From 8 April 2014, it was noted using the callsign ‘RESCUE 281′ from RAAF Learmonth and RAAF Pearce. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014. On 29 April 2014, M30-09 was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. Later that night, it departed Pearce via Jakarta-Halim to Subang.
Photo © Keith Anderson
M30-09 Lockheed C-130H-MP Hercules (MSN 382-4866) of 20 Squadron, Royal Malaysian Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
M30-09 Lockheed C-130H-MP Hercules (MSN 382-4866) of 20 Squadron, Royal Malaysian Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 282’, taking off from runway 18L at 9:34am, on another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (Boeing 777-2H6ER, registration 9M-MRO). Normally based at Subang Air Base, Malaysia. The aircraft first arrived at RAAF Pearce on 6 April 2014, using callsign ‘RMF462′. From 8 April 2014, it was noted using the callsign ‘RESCUE 281′ from RAAF Learmonth and RAAF Pearce. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014. On 29 April 2014, M30-09 was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. Later that night, it departed Pearce via Jakarta-Halim to Subang.
Photo © Keith Anderson
A9-662 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5789) of 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
A9-662 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5789) of 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 103’, taking off from runway 18L at 10:13am on another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. Normally based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia. For the RAAF Orions, RESCUE callsigns referred to crews, and the same callsigns were used on various Orions. Callsigns used by the Orions were RESCUE 102, RESCUE 103, RESCUE 104, and RESCUE 105. RAAF Orions were rotated through Pearce to keep flight hours balanced throughout the fleet, due to higher than normal utilisation on search operations.
Photo © Keith Anderson
A9-662 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5789) of 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
A9-662 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5789) of 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 103’, taking off from runway 18L at 10:13am on another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. Normally based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia. For the RAAF Orions, RESCUE callsigns referred to crews, and the same callsigns were used on various Orions. Callsigns used by the Orions were RESCUE 102, RESCUE 103, RESCUE 104, and RESCUE 105. RAAF Orions were rotated through Pearce to keep flight hours balanced throughout the fleet, due to higher than normal utilisation on search operations.
Photo © Keith Anderson
A9-662 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5789) of 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A9-662 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5789) of 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 103’, returning from another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. The aircraft took off at 10:13am, and upon returning, the pilot chose to do some training, conducting a missed approach (as seen here) at 5:57pm, a touch and go landing at 6:07pm, before finally making a full stop landing at 6:12pm. Normally based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia. For the RAAF Orions, RESCUE callsigns referred to crews, and the same callsigns were used on various Orions. Callsigns used by the Orions were RESCUE 102, RESCUE 103, RESCUE 104, and RESCUE 105. RAAF Orions were rotated through Pearce to keep flight hours balanced throughout the fleet, due to higher than normal utilisation on search operations.
Photo © David Eyre
A9-662 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5789) of 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A9-662 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5789) of 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 103’, returning from another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. The aircraft took off at 10:13am, and upon returning, the pilot chose to do some training, conducting a missed approach (as seen here) at 5:57pm, a touch and go landing at 6:07pm, before finally making a full stop landing at 6:12pm. Normally based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia. For the RAAF Orions, RESCUE callsigns referred to crews, and the same callsigns were used on various Orions. Callsigns used by the Orions were RESCUE 102, RESCUE 103, RESCUE 104, and RESCUE 105. RAAF Orions were rotated through Pearce to keep flight hours balanced throughout the fleet, due to higher than normal utilisation on search operations.
Photo © David Eyre
A9-662 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5789) of 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A9-662 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5789) of 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 103’, returning from another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. The aircraft took off at 10:13am, and upon returning, the pilot chose to do some training, conducting a missed approach (as seen here) at 5:57pm, a touch and go landing at 6:07pm, before finally making a full stop landing at 6:12pm. Normally based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia. For the RAAF Orions, RESCUE callsigns referred to crews, and the same callsigns were used on various Orions. Callsigns used by the Orions were RESCUE 102, RESCUE 103, RESCUE 104, and RESCUE 105. RAAF Orions were rotated through Pearce to keep flight hours balanced throughout the fleet, due to higher than normal utilisation on search operations.
Photo © David Eyre
A9-662 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5789) of 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A9-662 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5789) of 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 103’, returning from another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. The aircraft took off at 10:13am, and upon returning, the pilot chose to do some training, conducting a missed approach (as seen here) at 5:57pm, a touch and go landing at 6:07pm, before finally making a full stop landing at 6:12pm. Normally based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia. For the RAAF Orions, RESCUE callsigns referred to crews, and the same callsigns were used on various Orions. Callsigns used by the Orions were RESCUE 102, RESCUE 103, RESCUE 104, and RESCUE 105. RAAF Orions were rotated through Pearce to keep flight hours balanced throughout the fleet, due to higher than normal utilisation on search operations.
Photo © David Eyre
A9-662 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5789) of 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A9-662 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5789) of 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 103’, returning from another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. The aircraft took off at 10:13am, and upon returning, the pilot chose to do some training, conducting a missed approach (as seen here) at 5:57pm, a touch and go landing at 6:07pm, before finally making a full stop landing at 6:12pm. Normally based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia. For the RAAF Orions, RESCUE callsigns referred to crews, and the same callsigns were used on various Orions. Callsigns used by the Orions were RESCUE 102, RESCUE 103, RESCUE 104, and RESCUE 105. RAAF Orions were rotated through Pearce to keep flight hours balanced throughout the fleet, due to higher than normal utilisation on search operations.
Photo © David Eyre
A9-662 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5789) of 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A9-662 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5789) of 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 103’, returning from another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. The aircraft took off at 10:13am, and upon returning, the pilot chose to do some training, conducting a missed approach (as seen here) at 5:57pm, a touch and go landing at 6:07pm, before finally making a full stop landing at 6:12pm. Normally based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia. For the RAAF Orions, RESCUE callsigns referred to crews, and the same callsigns were used on various Orions. Callsigns used by the Orions were RESCUE 102, RESCUE 103, RESCUE 104, and RESCUE 105. RAAF Orions were rotated through Pearce to keep flight hours balanced throughout the fleet, due to higher than normal utilisation on search operations.
Photo © David Eyre
A9-662 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5789) of 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A9-662 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5789) of 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 103’, returning from another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. The aircraft took off at 10:13am, and upon returning, the pilot chose to do some training, conducting a missed approach (as seen here) at 5:57pm, a touch and go landing at 6:07pm, before finally making a full stop landing at 6:12pm. Normally based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia. For the RAAF Orions, RESCUE callsigns referred to crews, and the same callsigns were used on various Orions. Callsigns used by the Orions were RESCUE 102, RESCUE 103, RESCUE 104, and RESCUE 105. RAAF Orions were rotated through Pearce to keep flight hours balanced throughout the fleet, due to higher than normal utilisation on search operations.
Photo © David Eyre
A9-662 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5789) of 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A9-662 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5789) of 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 103’, returning from another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. The aircraft took off at 10:13am, and upon returning, the pilot chose to do some training, conducting a missed approach at 5:57pm, a touch and go landing at 6:07pm, before finally making a full stop landing at 6:12pm (as seen here). Normally based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia. For the RAAF Orions, RESCUE callsigns referred to crews, and the same callsigns were used on various Orions. Callsigns used by the Orions were RESCUE 102, RESCUE 103, RESCUE 104, and RESCUE 105. RAAF Orions were rotated through Pearce to keep flight hours balanced throughout the fleet, due to higher than normal utilisation on search operations.
Photo © David Eyre
A9-662 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5789) of 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A9-662 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5789) of 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 103’, returning from another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. The aircraft took off at 10:13am, and upon returning, the pilot chose to do some training, conducting a missed approach at 5:57pm, a touch and go landing at 6:07pm, before finally making a full stop landing at 6:12pm (as seen here). Normally based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia. For the RAAF Orions, RESCUE callsigns referred to crews, and the same callsigns were used on various Orions. Callsigns used by the Orions were RESCUE 102, RESCUE 103, RESCUE 104, and RESCUE 105. RAAF Orions were rotated through Pearce to keep flight hours balanced throughout the fleet, due to higher than normal utilisation on search operations.
Photo © David Eyre
A9-662 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5789) of 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A9-662 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5789) of 11 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 103’, returning from another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. The aircraft took off at 10:13am, and upon returning, the pilot chose to do some training, conducting a missed approach at 5:57pm, a touch and go landing at 6:07pm, before finally making a full stop landing at 6:12pm (as seen here). Normally based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia. For the RAAF Orions, RESCUE callsigns referred to crews, and the same callsigns were used on various Orions. Callsigns used by the Orions were RESCUE 102, RESCUE 103, RESCUE 104, and RESCUE 105. RAAF Orions were rotated through Pearce to keep flight hours balanced throughout the fleet, due to higher than normal utilisation on search operations.
Photo © David Eyre
5037 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9034) of 3 Kokutai, Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
5037 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9034) of 3 Kokutai, Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 932’, taking off runway 18L at 10:49 on another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. This aircraft is home-based at Atsugi NAS, Japan, and arrived at Pearce on 9 April 2014 from Subang Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘Japan Navy 37’. Orions 5031 and 5037 arrived as replacements for 5056 and 5060, which departed RAAF Pearce on 11 April 2014, and for a couple of days there were four Japanese Orions at Pearce. 5037 operated its first search flight from RAAF Pearce on 12 April 2014 as ‘RESCUE 932’, taking over the callsign previously used by 5060. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014. On 29 April 2014, 5037 was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. 5037 departed Pearce on 30 April 2014 as ‘Japan Navy 37′ to Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore, and then home to Japan.
Photo © Keith Anderson
5037 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9034) of 3 Kokutai, Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
5037 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9034) of 3 Kokutai, Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 932’, taking off runway 18L at 10:49 on another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. This aircraft is home-based at Atsugi NAS, Japan, and arrived at Pearce on 9 April 2014 from Subang Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘Japan Navy 37’. Orions 5031 and 5037 arrived as replacements for 5056 and 5060, which departed RAAF Pearce on 11 April 2014, and for a couple of days there were four Japanese Orions at Pearce. 5037 operated its first search flight from RAAF Pearce on 12 April 2014 as ‘RESCUE 932’, taking over the callsign previously used by 5060. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014. On 29 April 2014, 5037 was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. 5037 departed Pearce on 30 April 2014 as ‘Japan Navy 37′ to Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore, and then home to Japan.
Photo © Keith Anderson
5037 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9034) of 3 Kokutai, Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
5037 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9034) of 3 Kokutai, Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 932’, taking off runway 18L at 10:49 on another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. This aircraft is home-based at Atsugi NAS, Japan, and arrived at Pearce on 9 April 2014 from Subang Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘Japan Navy 37’. Orions 5031 and 5037 arrived as replacements for 5056 and 5060, which departed RAAF Pearce on 11 April 2014, and for a couple of days there were four Japanese Orions at Pearce. 5037 operated its first search flight from RAAF Pearce on 12 April 2014 as ‘RESCUE 932’, taking over the callsign previously used by 5060. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014. On 29 April 2014, 5037 was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. 5037 departed Pearce on 30 April 2014 as ‘Japan Navy 37′ to Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore, and then home to Japan.
Photo © Keith Anderson
5037 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9034) of 3 Kokutai, Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
5037 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9034) of 3 Kokutai, Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 932’, taking off runway 18L at 10:49 on another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. This aircraft is home-based at Atsugi NAS, Japan, and arrived at Pearce on 9 April 2014 from Subang Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘Japan Navy 37’. Orions 5031 and 5037 arrived as replacements for 5056 and 5060, which departed RAAF Pearce on 11 April 2014, and for a couple of days there were four Japanese Orions at Pearce. 5037 operated its first search flight from RAAF Pearce on 12 April 2014 as ‘RESCUE 932’, taking over the callsign previously used by 5060. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014. On 29 April 2014, 5037 was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. 5037 departed Pearce on 30 April 2014 as ‘Japan Navy 37′ to Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore, and then home to Japan.
Photo © Keith Anderson
5037 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9034) of 3 Kokutai, Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
5037 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9034) of 3 Kokutai, Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 17 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 932’, taking off runway 18L at 10:49 on another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. This aircraft is home-based at Atsugi NAS, Japan, and arrived at Pearce on 9 April 2014 from Subang Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘Japan Navy 37’. Orions 5031 and 5037 arrived as replacements for 5056 and 5060, which departed RAAF Pearce on 11 April 2014, and for a couple of days there were four Japanese Orions at Pearce. 5037 operated its first search flight from RAAF Pearce on 12 April 2014 as ‘RESCUE 932’, taking over the callsign previously used by 5060. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014. On 29 April 2014, 5037 was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. 5037 departed Pearce on 30 April 2014 as ‘Japan Navy 37′ to Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore, and then home to Japan.
Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-PPD Dassault Falcon 900C (MSN 185) of Maxem Aviation, operated for Paspaley Pearling Company Pty Ltd, at Perth Airport – Tue 15 April 2014. Photo © Wilson
VH-PPD Dassault Falcon 900C (MSN 185) of Maxem Aviation, operated for Paspaley Pearling Company Pty Ltd, at Perth Airport – Tue 15 April 2014.
Outside Maxem Aviation’s base. This aircraft was chartered to participate in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. It departed Perth for Carnarvon on 3 April 2014, and operated search flights from Learmonth, Carnarvon and Perth. It returned to Perth on 8 April 2014 for a rest day on 9 April, then resumed search flights from 10 April 2014 until 17 April 2014.
Photo © Wilson
168438 / LF-438 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40818/4294) of VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, US Navy, at Perth Airport – Mon 14 April 2014. Photo © Wilson
168438 / LF-438 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40818/4294) of VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, US Navy, at Perth Airport – Mon 14 April 2014.
Parked on the south end of Terminal 2 apron. Here to participate in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. First arrived at Perth Airport from Kadena Air Base, Japan, on 10 April 2014 using call sign ‘AU103′. Operated from Perth Airport as it could not operate from RAAF Pearce with full fuel load. It flew its first search flight on 11 April 2014 as RESCUE 74, and it also used callsign RESCUE 75. On 26 April 2014, the aircraft departed Perth Airport to Kadena Air Base, Japan, using callsign ‘AU103′ – it had been replaced by another P-8, 168433, which arrived the same day. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014.
Photo © Wilson
168439/LF-439 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40819/4331) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, over the northern suburbs of Perth – Mon 14 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
168439/LF-439 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40819/4331) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, over the northern suburbs of Perth – Mon 14 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 75’, returning at 5:24pm from another search flight looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. It is seen here heading northeast over the northern suburbs of Perth, before turning right to join the approach to Perth Airport’s runway 21. 168439 had arrived at Perth Airport on 6 April 2014 from Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, using call sign ‘AU102′. This was the third P-8 to arrive at Perth for the search, and for a short time we had three P-8s at Perth at the same time – 168429, 168430 and 168439. However, 168439 was actually the first of two P-8s which arrived to replace the original two; 168429 and 168430 were replaced by 168438 and 168439. The P-8s operated from Perth Airport, as they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with full fuel load – one P-8 would fly each day, using either RESCUE 74 or RESCUE 75 callsigns. On 22 April 2014, 168439 departed Perth Airport to return to Kadena Air Base, Japan, using callsign ‘AU102′ – it was replaced by another P-8, 168429, which had arrived the same day. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014.
Photo © David Eyre
168439/LF-439 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40819/4331) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, over the northern suburbs of Perth – Mon 14 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
168439/LF-439 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40819/4331) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, over the northern suburbs of Perth – Mon 14 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 75’, returning at 5:24pm from another search flight looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. It is seen here heading northeast over the northern suburbs of Perth, before turning right to join the approach to Perth Airport’s runway 21. 168439 had arrived at Perth Airport on 6 April 2014 from Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, using call sign ‘AU102′. This was the third P-8 to arrive at Perth for the search, and for a short time we had three P-8s at Perth at the same time – 168429, 168430 and 168439. However, 168439 was actually the first of two P-8s which arrived to replace the original two; 168429 and 168430 were replaced by 168438 and 168439. The P-8s operated from Perth Airport, as they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with full fuel load – one P-8 would fly each day, using either RESCUE 74 or RESCUE 75 callsigns. On 22 April 2014, 168439 departed Perth Airport to return to Kadena Air Base, Japan, using callsign ‘AU102′ – it was replaced by another P-8, 168429, which had arrived the same day. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014.
Photo © David Eyre
168439/LF-439 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40819/4331) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, over the northern suburbs of Perth – Mon 14 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
168439/LF-439 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40819/4331) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, over the northern suburbs of Perth – Mon 14 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 75’, returning at 5:24pm from another search flight looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. It is seen here heading northeast over the northern suburbs of Perth, before turning right to join the approach to Perth Airport’s runway 21. 168439 had arrived at Perth Airport on 6 April 2014 from Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, using call sign ‘AU102′. This was the third P-8 to arrive at Perth for the search, and for a short time we had three P-8s at Perth at the same time – 168429, 168430 and 168439. However, 168439 was actually the first of two P-8s which arrived to replace the original two; 168429 and 168430 were replaced by 168438 and 168439. The P-8s operated from Perth Airport, as they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with full fuel load – one P-8 would fly each day, using either RESCUE 74 or RESCUE 75 callsigns. On 22 April 2014, 168439 departed Perth Airport to return to Kadena Air Base, Japan, using callsign ‘AU102′ – it was replaced by another P-8, 168429, which had arrived the same day. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014.
Photo © David Eyre
168439/LF-439 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40819/4331) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, over the northern suburbs of Perth – Mon 14 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
168439/LF-439 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40819/4331) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, over the northern suburbs of Perth – Mon 14 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 75’, returning at 5:24pm from another search flight looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. It is seen here heading northeast over the northern suburbs of Perth, before turning right to join the approach to Perth Airport’s runway 21. 168439 had arrived at Perth Airport on 6 April 2014 from Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, using call sign ‘AU102′. This was the third P-8 to arrive at Perth for the search, and for a short time we had three P-8s at Perth at the same time – 168429, 168430 and 168439. However, 168439 was actually the first of two P-8s which arrived to replace the original two; 168429 and 168430 were replaced by 168438 and 168439. The P-8s operated from Perth Airport, as they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with full fuel load – one P-8 would fly each day, using either RESCUE 74 or RESCUE 75 callsigns. On 22 April 2014, 168439 departed Perth Airport to return to Kadena Air Base, Japan, using callsign ‘AU102′ – it was replaced by another P-8, 168429, which had arrived the same day. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014.
Photo © David Eyre
20541 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 0083486570) of the Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Dangyang, China, at Perth Airport – Sun 13 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
20541 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 0083486570) of the Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Dangyang, China, at Perth Airport – Sun 13 April 2014.
‘RESCUE 801’ returning to land on runway 21 at 14:04, after a search flight looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. This first arrived at Perth Airport on 22 March 2014, arriving from Sungai Besi Air Base, Malaysia. 20541 was built in 1988, ex CCCP-78761 (Soviet AF), EW-78761 (Belarus AF), 27601 (PLAAF).
Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-PPD Dassault Falcon 900C (MSN 185) of Maxem Aviation, operated for Paspaley Pearling Company Pty Ltd, at Perth Airport – Sun 13 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-PPD Dassault Falcon 900C (MSN 185) of Maxem Aviation, operated for Paspaley Pearling Company Pty Ltd, at Perth Airport – Sun 13 April 2014.
Normally based at Perth, this aircraft was chartered to participate in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. It departed Perth for Carnarvon on 3 April 2014, and operated search flights from Learmonth, Carnarvon and Perth.
It returned to Perth on 8 April 2014 for a rest day on 9 April, then resumed search flights from 10 April 2014. Seen here on final approach to runway 21 at 16:14 after another day of searching.
Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-PPD Dassault Falcon 900C (MSN 185) of Maxem Aviation, operated for Paspaley Pearling Company Pty Ltd, at Perth Airport – Sun 13 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-PPD Dassault Falcon 900C (MSN 185) of Maxem Aviation, operated for Paspaley Pearling Company Pty Ltd, at Perth Airport – Sun 13 April 2014.
Normally based at Perth, this aircraft was chartered to participate in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. It departed Perth for Carnarvon on 3 April 2014, and operated search flights from Learmonth, Carnarvon and Perth.
It returned to Perth on 8 April 2014 for a rest day on 9 April, then resumed search flights from 10 April 2014. Seen here on final approach to runway 21 at 16:14 after another day of searching.
Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-PPD Dassault Falcon 900C (MSN 185) of Maxem Aviation, operated for Paspaley Pearling Company Pty Ltd, at Perth Airport – Sun 13 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
VH-PPD Dassault Falcon 900C (MSN 185) of Maxem Aviation, operated for Paspaley Pearling Company Pty Ltd, at Perth Airport – Sun 13 April 2014.
Normally based at Perth, this aircraft was chartered to participate in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. It departed Perth for Carnarvon on 3 April 2014, and operated search flights from Learmonth, Carnarvon and Perth.
It returned to Perth on 8 April 2014 for a rest day on 9 April, then resumed search flights from 10 April 2014. Seen here on final approach to runway 21 at 16:14 after another day of searching.
Photo © Keith Anderson
168438/LF-438 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40818/4294) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Sun 13 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
168438/LF-438 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40818/4294) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Sun 13 April 2014.
Arrived at Perth Airport from Kadena Air Base, Japan, on 10 April 2014 using call sign ‘AU103′. It arrived to participate in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. Operated from Perth Airport as it could not operate from RAAF Pearce with full fuel load. It flew its first search flight on 11 April 2014 as RESCUE 74, and it also uses callsign RESCUE 75. One of two P-8s operating from Perth – the other is 168439. Seen here on final approach to runway 21 at 17:11 after another day of searching.
Photo © Keith Anderson
168438/LF-438 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40818/4294) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Sun 13 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
168438/LF-438 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40818/4294) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Sun 13 April 2014.
Arrived at Perth Airport from Kadena Air Base, Japan, on 10 April 2014 using call sign ‘AU103′. It arrived to participate in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. Operated from Perth Airport as it could not operate from RAAF Pearce with full fuel load. It flew its first search flight on 11 April 2014 as RESCUE 74, and it also uses callsign RESCUE 75. One of two P-8s operating from Perth – the other is 168439. Seen here on final approach to runway 21 at 17:11 after another day of searching.
Photo © Keith Anderson
168438/LF-438 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40818/4294) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Sun 13 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
168438/LF-438 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40818/4294) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Sun 13 April 2014.
Arrived at Perth Airport from Kadena Air Base, Japan, on 10 April 2014 using call sign ‘AU103′. It arrived to participate in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. Operated from Perth Airport as it could not operate from RAAF Pearce with full fuel load. It flew its first search flight on 11 April 2014 as RESCUE 74, and it also uses callsign RESCUE 75. One of two P-8s operating from Perth – the other is 168439. Seen here on final approach to runway 21 at 17:11 after another day of searching.
Photo © Keith Anderson
168439/LF-439 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40819/4331) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, over the northern suburbs of Perth – Sat 12 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
168439/LF-439 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40819/4331) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, over the northern suburbs of Perth – Sat 12 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 75’, returning at 5:57pm from another search flight looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. It is seen here heading northeast over the northern suburbs of Perth, before turning right to join the approach to Perth Airport’s runway 21. 168439 had arrived at Perth Airport on 6 April 2014 from Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, using call sign ‘AU102′. This was the third P-8 to arrive at Perth for the search, and for a short time we had three P-8s at Perth at the same time – 168429, 168430 and 168439. However, 168439 was actually the first of two P-8s which arrived to replace the original two; 168429 and 168430 were replaced by 168438 and 168439. The P-8s operated from Perth Airport, as they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with full fuel load – one P-8 would fly each day, using either RESCUE 74 or RESCUE 75 callsigns. On 26 April 2014, 168438 departed Perth Airport to return to Kadena Air Base, Japan, using callsign ‘AU103′ – it was replaced by another P-8, 168433, which had arrived the same day. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014.
Photo © David Eyre
168439/LF-439 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40819/4331) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, over the northern suburbs of Perth – Sat 12 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
168439/LF-439 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40819/4331) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, over the northern suburbs of Perth – Sat 12 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 75’, returning at 5:57pm from another search flight looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. It is seen here heading northeast over the northern suburbs of Perth, before turning right to join the approach to Perth Airport’s runway 21. 168439 had arrived at Perth Airport on 6 April 2014 from Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, using call sign ‘AU102′. This was the third P-8 to arrive at Perth for the search, and for a short time we had three P-8s at Perth at the same time – 168429, 168430 and 168439. However, 168439 was actually the first of two P-8s which arrived to replace the original two; 168429 and 168430 were replaced by 168438 and 168439. The P-8s operated from Perth Airport, as they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with full fuel load – one P-8 would fly each day, using either RESCUE 74 or RESCUE 75 callsigns. On 26 April 2014, 168438 departed Perth Airport to return to Kadena Air Base, Japan, using callsign ‘AU103′ – it was replaced by another P-8, 168433, which had arrived the same day. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014.
Photo © David Eyre
168439/LF-439 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40819/4331) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, over the northern suburbs of Perth – Sat 12 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
168439/LF-439 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40819/4331) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, over the northern suburbs of Perth – Sat 12 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 75’, returning at 5:57pm from another search flight looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. It is seen here heading northeast over the northern suburbs of Perth, before turning right to join the approach to Perth Airport’s runway 21. 168439 had arrived at Perth Airport on 6 April 2014 from Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, using call sign ‘AU102′. This was the third P-8 to arrive at Perth for the search, and for a short time we had three P-8s at Perth at the same time – 168429, 168430 and 168439. However, 168439 was actually the first of two P-8s which arrived to replace the original two; 168429 and 168430 were replaced by 168438 and 168439. The P-8s operated from Perth Airport, as they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with full fuel load – one P-8 would fly each day, using either RESCUE 74 or RESCUE 75 callsigns. On 26 April 2014, 168438 departed Perth Airport to return to Kadena Air Base, Japan, using callsign ‘AU103′ – it was replaced by another P-8, 168433, which had arrived the same day. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014.
Photo © David Eyre
168438/LF-438 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40818/4294) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, over the northern suburbs of Perth – Fri 11 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
168438/LF-438 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40818/4294) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, over the northern suburbs of Perth – Fri 11 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 74’, returning from its first search flight in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. It is seen here heading northeast over the northern suburbs of Perth at 6pm, before turning right to join the approach to Perth Airport’s runway 21. 168438 had arrived at Perth Airport the previous day (10 April 2014) from Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, using call sign ‘AU103′. It operated from Perth Airport, as it could not operate from RAAF Pearce with full fuel load. Later, it also used the callsign RESCUE 75. It was one of two P-8s operating from Perth – the other at this time was 168439. On 26 April 2014, 168438 departed Perth Airport to return to Kadena Air Base, Japan, using callsign ‘AU103′ – it was replaced by another P-8, 168433, which had arrived the same day. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014.
Photo © David Eyre
168438/LF-438 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40818/4294) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, over the northern suburbs of Perth – Fri 11 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
168438/LF-438 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40818/4294) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, over the northern suburbs of Perth – Fri 11 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 74’, returning from its first search flight in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. It is seen here heading northeast over the northern suburbs of Perth at 6pm, before turning right to join the approach to Perth Airport’s runway 21. 168438 had arrived at Perth Airport the previous day (10 April 2014) from Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, using call sign ‘AU103′. It operated from Perth Airport, as it could not operate from RAAF Pearce with full fuel load. Later, it also used the callsign RESCUE 75. It was one of two P-8s operating from Perth – the other at this time was 168439. On 26 April 2014, 168438 departed Perth Airport to return to Kadena Air Base, Japan, using callsign ‘AU103′ – it was replaced by another P-8, 168433, which had arrived the same day. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014.
Photo © David Eyre
168438/LF-438 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40818/4294) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, over the northern suburbs of Perth – Fri 11 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
168438/LF-438 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40818/4294) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, over the northern suburbs of Perth – Fri 11 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 74’, returning from its first search flight in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. It is seen here heading northeast over the northern suburbs of Perth at 6pm, before turning right to join the approach to Perth Airport’s runway 21. 168438 had arrived at Perth Airport the previous day (10 April 2014) from Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, using call sign ‘AU103′. It operated from Perth Airport, as it could not operate from RAAF Pearce with full fuel load. Later, it also used the callsign RESCUE 75. It was one of two P-8s operating from Perth – the other at this time was 168439. On 26 April 2014, 168438 departed Perth Airport to return to Kadena Air Base, Japan, using callsign ‘AU103′ – it was replaced by another P-8, 168433, which had arrived the same day. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014.
Photo © David Eyre
168439/LF-439 (MSN 40819/4331) and 168429 / LF-429 (MSN 40809/3792) and 168430 / LF-430 (MSN 40810/3879) Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) of VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, US Navy, at Perth Airport – Wed 9 April 2014. Photo © Wilson
168439/LF-439 (MSN 40819/4331) and 168429 / LF-429 (MSN 40809/3792) and 168430 / LF-430 (MSN 40810/3879) Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) of VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, US Navy, at Perth Airport – Wed 9 April 2014.
Parked on the south end of Terminal 2 apron at 6:01pm. 168439 was the third P-8 to arrive at Perth for the search, and for a short time we had three P-8s at Perth at the same time.
168439: Arrived at Perth Airport on 6 April 2014 from Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, (home base is NAS Jacksonville, Florida) using call sign ‘AU102′. 168439 was actually the first of two P-8s which arrived to replace the original two; 168429 and 168430 were replaced by 168438 and 168439. The P-8s operated from Perth Airport, as they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with full fuel load – one P-8 would fly each day, using either RESCUE 74 or RESCUE 75 callsigns. On 26 April 2014, 168439 departed Perth Airport to return to Kadena Air Base, Japan, using callsign ‘AU103′ – it was replaced by another P-8, 168433, which had arrived the same day. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014.
168429: First arrived at Perth Airport on 18 March 2014 (see photos) from Subang, Malaysia. It also flew the first P-8 search flight in the Australia-based search for MH370. 168429 used callsign RESCUE 74 or RESCUE 75 during search operations. On 10 April 2014, it departed Perth Airport to Subang and Kadena Air Base (Japan) using callsign ‘MY102′, having been replaced by another P-8 from Kadena. On 22 April 2014, it returned to Perth Airport from Kadena using callsign ‘AU104′, to replace 168439. The air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was called off on 28 April 2014 and 168429 flew the final P-8 search flight that day as ‘RESCUE 74’. To mark the end of the air search, 168429 made a short flight on 29 April 2014 from Perth Airport to RAAF Pearce as ‘RESCUE 74’, where it was photographed in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, before returning to Perth Airport that afternoon. It departed Perth on 1 May 2014 to Kadena Air Base, Japan, using callsign ‘AU104’.
168430: Arrived in Perth on 28 March 2014 (see photos) direct from Kadena Air Base, Japan. On search flights, this aircraft used callsign RESCUE 74 or 75. 168430 suffered some avionics troubles whilst in Perth and did not fly for a few days. On 7 April, it flew a post-maintenance check flight down to Albany and back to Perth as ‘TALON 78’. On 10 April 2014, 168430 departed Perth Airport to Subang, Malaysia and Kadena Air Base, Japan as ‘TALON 101’. 168430 and 168429 were replaced by another pair of P-8s from Kadena; 168438 and 168439.
Photo © Wilson
5031 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9028) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 3 Kokutai, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 9 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
5031 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9028) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 3 Kokutai, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 9 April 2014.
Home-based at Atsugi NAS, Japan. On final approach to runway 36R at 5:17pm, arriving from Subang Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘Japan Navy 31’, to join in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. Orions 5031 and 5037 arrived as replacements for 5056 and 5060, which departed RAAF Pearce on 11 April 2014, so for a couple of days there were four Japanese Orions at Pearce. 5031 operated its first search flight from RAAF Pearce on 12 April 2014 as ‘RESCUE 931’, taking over the callsign previously used by 5056. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014, and 5031 departed Pearce on 30 April 2014 as ‘Japan Navy 31′ to Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore, and then Japan.
Photo © David Eyre
5031 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9028) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 3 Kokutai, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 9 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
5031 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9028) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 3 Kokutai, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 9 April 2014.
Home-based at Atsugi NAS, Japan. On final approach to runway 36R at 5:17pm, arriving from Subang Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘Japan Navy 31’, to join in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. Orions 5031 and 5037 arrived as replacements for 5056 and 5060, which departed RAAF Pearce on 11 April 2014, so for a couple of days there were four Japanese Orions at Pearce. 5031 operated its first search flight from RAAF Pearce on 12 April 2014 as ‘RESCUE 931’, taking over the callsign previously used by 5056. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014, and 5031 departed Pearce on 30 April 2014 as ‘Japan Navy 31′ to Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore, and then Japan.
Photo © David Eyre
5031 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9028) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 3 Kokutai, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 9 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
5031 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9028) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 3 Kokutai, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 9 April 2014.
Home-based at Atsugi NAS, Japan. On final approach to runway 36R at 5:17pm, arriving from Subang Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘Japan Navy 31’, to join in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. Orions 5031 and 5037 arrived as replacements for 5056 and 5060, which departed RAAF Pearce on 11 April 2014, so for a couple of days there were four Japanese Orions at Pearce. 5031 operated its first search flight from RAAF Pearce on 12 April 2014 as ‘RESCUE 931’, taking over the callsign previously used by 5056. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014, and 5031 departed Pearce on 30 April 2014 as ‘Japan Navy 31′ to Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore, and then Japan.
Photo © David Eyre
5031 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9028) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 3 Kokutai, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 9 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
5031 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9028) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 3 Kokutai, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 9 April 2014.
Home-based at Atsugi NAS, Japan. On final approach to runway 36R at 5:17pm, arriving from Subang Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘Japan Navy 31’, to join in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. Orions 5031 and 5037 arrived as replacements for 5056 and 5060, which departed RAAF Pearce on 11 April 2014, so for a couple of days there were four Japanese Orions at Pearce. 5031 operated its first search flight from RAAF Pearce on 12 April 2014 as ‘RESCUE 931’, taking over the callsign previously used by 5056. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014, and 5031 departed Pearce on 30 April 2014 as ‘Japan Navy 31′ to Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore, and then Japan.
Photo © David Eyre
5031 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9028) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 3 Kokutai, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 9 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
5031 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9028) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 3 Kokutai, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 9 April 2014.
Home-based at Atsugi NAS, Japan. On final approach to runway 36R at 5:17pm, arriving from Subang Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘Japan Navy 31’, to join in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. Orions 5031 and 5037 arrived as replacements for 5056 and 5060, which departed RAAF Pearce on 11 April 2014, so for a couple of days there were four Japanese Orions at Pearce. 5031 operated its first search flight from RAAF Pearce on 12 April 2014 as ‘RESCUE 931’, taking over the callsign previously used by 5056. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014, and 5031 departed Pearce on 30 April 2014 as ‘Japan Navy 31′ to Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore, and then Japan.
Photo © David Eyre
5031 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9028) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 3 Kokutai, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 9 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
5031 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9028) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 3 Kokutai, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 9 April 2014.
Home-based at Atsugi NAS, Japan. On final approach to runway 36R at 5:17pm, arriving from Subang Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘Japan Navy 31’, to join in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. Orions 5031 and 5037 arrived as replacements for 5056 and 5060, which departed RAAF Pearce on 11 April 2014, so for a couple of days there were four Japanese Orions at Pearce. 5031 operated its first search flight from RAAF Pearce on 12 April 2014 as ‘RESCUE 931’, taking over the callsign previously used by 5056. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014, and 5031 departed Pearce on 30 April 2014 as ‘Japan Navy 31′ to Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore, and then Japan.
Photo © David Eyre
5037 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9034) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 3 Kokutai, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 9 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
5037 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9034) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 3 Kokutai, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 9 April 2014.
Home-based at Atsugi NAS, Japan. On final approach to runway 36R at 5:27pm, arriving from Subang Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘Japan Navy 37’, to join in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. Orions 5031 and 5037 arrived as replacements for 5056 and 5060, which departed RAAF Pearce on 11 April 2014, so for a couple of days there were four Japanese Orions at Pearce. 5037 operated its first search flight from RAAF Pearce on 12 April 2014 as ‘RESCUE 932’, taking over the callsign previously used by 5060. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014. On 29 April 2014, 5037 was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. 5037 departed Pearce on 30 April 2014 as ‘Japan Navy 37′ to Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore, and then Japan.
Photo © David Eyre
5037 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9034) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 3 Kokutai, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 9 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
5037 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9034) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 3 Kokutai, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 9 April 2014.
Home-based at Atsugi NAS, Japan. On final approach to runway 36R at 5:27pm, arriving from Subang Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘Japan Navy 37’, to join in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. Orions 5031 and 5037 arrived as replacements for 5056 and 5060, which departed RAAF Pearce on 11 April 2014, so for a couple of days there were four Japanese Orions at Pearce. 5037 operated its first search flight from RAAF Pearce on 12 April 2014 as ‘RESCUE 932’, taking over the callsign previously used by 5060. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014. On 29 April 2014, 5037 was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. 5037 departed Pearce on 30 April 2014 as ‘Japan Navy 37′ to Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore, and then Japan.
Photo © David Eyre
5037 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9034) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 3 Kokutai, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 9 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
5037 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9034) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 3 Kokutai, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 9 April 2014.
Home-based at Atsugi NAS, Japan. On final approach to runway 36R at 5:27pm, arriving from Subang Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘Japan Navy 37’, to join in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. Orions 5031 and 5037 arrived as replacements for 5056 and 5060, which departed RAAF Pearce on 11 April 2014, so for a couple of days there were four Japanese Orions at Pearce. 5037 operated its first search flight from RAAF Pearce on 12 April 2014 as ‘RESCUE 932’, taking over the callsign previously used by 5060. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014. On 29 April 2014, 5037 was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. 5037 departed Pearce on 30 April 2014 as ‘Japan Navy 37′ to Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore, and then Japan.
Photo © David Eyre
5037 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9034) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 3 Kokutai, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 9 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
5037 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9034) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 3 Kokutai, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 9 April 2014.
Home-based at Atsugi NAS, Japan. On final approach to runway 36R at 5:27pm, arriving from Subang Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘Japan Navy 37’, to join in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. Orions 5031 and 5037 arrived as replacements for 5056 and 5060, which departed RAAF Pearce on 11 April 2014, so for a couple of days there were four Japanese Orions at Pearce. 5037 operated its first search flight from RAAF Pearce on 12 April 2014 as ‘RESCUE 932’, taking over the callsign previously used by 5060. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014. On 29 April 2014, 5037 was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. 5037 departed Pearce on 30 April 2014 as ‘Japan Navy 37′ to Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore, and then Japan.
Photo © David Eyre
5037 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9034) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 3 Kokutai, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 9 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
5037 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9034) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 3 Kokutai, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 9 April 2014.
Home-based at Atsugi NAS, Japan. On final approach to runway 36R at 5:27pm, arriving from Subang Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘Japan Navy 37’, to join in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. Orions 5031 and 5037 arrived as replacements for 5056 and 5060, which departed RAAF Pearce on 11 April 2014, so for a couple of days there were four Japanese Orions at Pearce. 5037 operated its first search flight from RAAF Pearce on 12 April 2014 as ‘RESCUE 932’, taking over the callsign previously used by 5060. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014. On 29 April 2014, 5037 was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. 5037 departed Pearce on 30 April 2014 as ‘Japan Navy 37′ to Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore, and then Japan.
Photo © David Eyre
5037 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9034) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 3 Kokutai, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 9 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
5037 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9034) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 3 Kokutai, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 9 April 2014.
Home-based at Atsugi NAS, Japan. On final approach to runway 36R at 5:27pm, arriving from Subang Air Base, Malaysia using callsign ‘Japan Navy 37’, to join in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. Orions 5031 and 5037 arrived as replacements for 5056 and 5060, which departed RAAF Pearce on 11 April 2014, so for a couple of days there were four Japanese Orions at Pearce. 5037 operated its first search flight from RAAF Pearce on 12 April 2014 as ‘RESCUE 932’, taking over the callsign previously used by 5060. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014. On 29 April 2014, 5037 was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. 5037 departed Pearce on 30 April 2014 as ‘Japan Navy 37′ to Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore, and then Japan.
Photo © David Eyre
M30-09 Lockheed C-130H-MP Hercules (MSN 382-4866) of 20 Skuadron, Royal Malaysian Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 9 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
M30-09 Lockheed C-130H-MP Hercules (MSN 382-4866) of 20 Skuadron, Royal Malaysian Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 9 April 2014.
Normally based at Subang Air Base, Malaysia. Using callsign ‘RESCUE 281’, returning from the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. M30-09 is seen here at 6:11pm, 20 minutes after sunset, about to make a low pass over RAAF Pearce before circling around again and landing on runway 36R. The aircraft first arrived at RAAF Pearce on 6 April 2014, using callsign ‘RMF462′. From 8 April 2014, it was noted using the callsign ‘RESCUE 281′ from RAAF Learmonth and RAAF Pearce. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014. On 29 April 2014, M30-09 was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. Later that night, it departed Pearce via Jakarta-Halim to Subang.
Photo © David Eyre
M30-09 Lockheed C-130H-MP Hercules (MSN 382-4866) of 20 Skuadron, Royal Malaysian Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 9 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
M30-09 Lockheed C-130H-MP Hercules (MSN 382-4866) of 20 Skuadron, Royal Malaysian Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 9 April 2014
Normally based at Subang Air Base, Malaysia. Using callsign ‘RESCUE 281’, returning from the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. M30-09 is seen here at 6:14pm, 25 minutes after sunset, landing on runway 36R. The aircraft first arrived at RAAF Pearce on 6 April 2014, using callsign ‘RMF462′. From 8 April 2014, it was noted using the callsign ‘RESCUE 281′ from RAAF Learmonth and RAAF Pearce. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014. On 29 April 2014, M30-09 was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. Later that night, it departed Pearce via Jakarta-Halim to Subang.
Photo © David Eyre

 

M30-09 Lockheed C-130H-MP Hercules (MSN 382-4866) of 20 Skuadron, Royal Malaysian Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 9 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
M30-09 Lockheed C-130H-MP Hercules (MSN 382-4866) of 20 Skuadron, Royal Malaysian Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 9 April 2014
Normally based at Subang Air Base, Malaysia. Using callsign ‘RESCUE 281’, returning from the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. M30-09 is seen here at 6:14pm, 25 minutes after sunset, landing on runway 36R. The aircraft first arrived at RAAF Pearce on 6 April 2014, using callsign ‘RMF462′. From 8 April 2014, it was noted using the callsign ‘RESCUE 281′ from RAAF Learmonth and RAAF Pearce. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014. On 29 April 2014, M30-09 was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. Later that night, it departed Pearce to Jakarta-Halim then Subang.
Photo © David Eyre
M30-09 Lockheed C-130H-MP Hercules (MSN 382-4866) of 20 Skuadron, Royal Malaysian Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 9 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
M30-09 Lockheed C-130H-MP Hercules (MSN 382-4866) of 20 Skuadron, Royal Malaysian Air Force, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 9 April 2014
Normally based at Subang Air Base, Malaysia. Using callsign ‘RESCUE 281’, returning from the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. M30-09 is seen here at 6:14pm, 25 minutes after sunset, landing on runway 36R. The aircraft first arrived at RAAF Pearce on 6 April 2014, using callsign ‘RMF462′. From 8 April 2014, it was noted using the callsign ‘RESCUE 281′ from RAAF Learmonth and RAAF Pearce. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014. On 29 April 2014, M30-09 was photographed at RAAF Pearce in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the air search. Later that night, it departed Pearce to Jakarta-Halim and then Subang.
Photo © David Eyre
A9-753 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5660) of 10 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 9 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A9-753 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5660) of 10 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 9 April 2014.
Normally based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia. Using callsign ‘RESCUE 104’, on final approach to runway 36R at 6:17pm, nearly 30 minutes after sunset on a cloudy evening. Returning from the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. For the RAAF Orions, the RESCUE callsigns referred to crews and were used on any of the available aircraft. Callsigns used include RESCUE 102, RESCUE 103, RESCUE 104, and RESCUE 105. RAAF Orions were rotated through Pearce to keep flight hours balanced throughout the fleet, due to higher than normal utilisation on search operations.
Photo © David Eyre
A9-753 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5660) of 10 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 9 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A9-753 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5660) of 10 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 9 April 2014.
Normally based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia. Using callsign ‘RESCUE 104’, on final approach to runway 36R at 6:17pm, nearly 30 minutes after sunset on a cloudy evening. Returning from the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. For the RAAF Orions, the RESCUE callsigns referred to crews and were used on any of the available aircraft. Callsigns used include RESCUE 102, RESCUE 103, RESCUE 104, and RESCUE 105. RAAF Orions were rotated through Pearce to keep flight hours balanced throughout the fleet, due to higher than normal utilisation on search operations.
Photo © David Eyre
A9-753 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5660) of 10 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 9 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A9-753 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5660) of 10 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 9 April 2014.
Normally based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia. Using callsign ‘RESCUE 104’, on final approach to runway 36R at 6:17pm, nearly 30 minutes after sunset on a cloudy evening. Returning from the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. For the RAAF Orions, the RESCUE callsigns referred to crews and were used on any of the available aircraft. Callsigns used include RESCUE 102, RESCUE 103, RESCUE 104, and RESCUE 105. RAAF Orions were rotated through Pearce to keep flight hours balanced throughout the fleet, due to higher than normal utilisation on search operations.
Photo © David Eyre
A9-753 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5660) of 10 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 9 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A9-753 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5660) of 10 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 9 April 2014.
Normally based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia. Using callsign ‘RESCUE 104’, on final approach to runway 36R at 6:17pm, nearly 30 minutes after sunset on a cloudy evening. Returning from the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. For the RAAF Orions, the RESCUE callsigns referred to crews and were used on any of the available aircraft. Callsigns used include RESCUE 102, RESCUE 103, RESCUE 104, and RESCUE 105. RAAF Orions were rotated through Pearce to keep flight hours balanced throughout the fleet, due to higher than normal utilisation on search operations.
Photo © David Eyre
168439/LF-439 (MSN 40819/4331) and 168429 / LF-429 (MSN 40809/3792) Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) of VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, US Navy, at Perth Airport – Tue 8 April 2014. Photo © Wilson
168439/LF-439 (MSN 40819/4331) and 168429 / LF-429 (MSN 40809/3792) Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) of VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, US Navy, at Perth Airport – Tue 8 April 2014.
Parked on the south end of Terminal 2 apron at 16:04.
168439: Arrived at Perth Airport on 6 April 2014 from Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, (home base is NAS Jacksonville, Florida) using call sign ‘AU102′. This was the third P-8 to arrive at Perth for the search, and for a short time we had three P-8s at Perth at the same time – 168429, 168430 and 168439. However, 168439 was actually the first of two P-8s which arrived to replace the original two; 168429 and 168430 were replaced by 168438 and 168439. The P-8s operated from Perth Airport, as they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with full fuel load – one P-8 would fly each day, using either RESCUE 74 or RESCUE 75 callsigns. On 26 April 2014, 168439 departed Perth Airport to return to Kadena Air Base, Japan, using callsign ‘AU103′ – it was replaced by another P-8, 168433, which had arrived the same day. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014.
168429: First arrived at Perth Airport on 18 March 2014 (see photos) from Subang, Malaysia. It also flew the first P-8 search flight in the Australia-based search for MH370. 168429 used callsign RESCUE 74 or RESCUE 75 during search operations. On 10 April 2014, it departed Perth Airport to Subang and Kadena Air Base (Japan) using callsign ‘MY102′, having been replaced by another P-8 from Kadena. On 22 April 2014, it returned to Perth Airport from Kadena using callsign ‘AU104′, to replace 168439. The air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was called off on 28 April 2014 and 168429 flew the final P-8 search flight that day as ‘RESCUE 74’. To mark the end of the air search, 168429 made a short flight on 29 April 2014 from Perth Airport to RAAF Pearce as ‘RESCUE 74’, where it was photographed in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, before returning to Perth Airport that afternoon. It departed Perth on 1 May 2014 to Kadena Air Base, Japan, using callsign ‘AU104’.
Photo © Wilson
168439/LF-439 (MSN 40819/4331) and 168429 / LF-429 (MSN 40809/3792) Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) of VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, US Navy, at Perth Airport – Tue 8 April 2014. Photo © Wilson
168439/LF-439 (MSN 40819/4331) and 168429 / LF-429 (MSN 40809/3792) Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) of VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, US Navy, at Perth Airport – Tue 8 April 2014.
Parked on the south end of Terminal 2 apron at 16:04.
168439: Arrived at Perth Airport on 6 April 2014 from Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, (home base is NAS Jacksonville, Florida) using call sign ‘AU102′. This was the third P-8 to arrive at Perth for the search, and for a short time we had three P-8s at Perth at the same time – 168429, 168430 and 168439. However, 168439 was actually the first of two P-8s which arrived to replace the original two; 168429 and 168430 were replaced by 168438 and 168439. The P-8s operated from Perth Airport, as they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with full fuel load – one P-8 would fly each day, using either RESCUE 74 or RESCUE 75 callsigns. On 26 April 2014, 168439 departed Perth Airport to return to Kadena Air Base, Japan, using callsign ‘AU103′ – it was replaced by another P-8, 168433, which had arrived the same day. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014.
168429: First arrived at Perth Airport on 18 March 2014 (see photos) from Subang, Malaysia. It also flew the first P-8 search flight in the Australia-based search for MH370. 168429 used callsign RESCUE 74 or RESCUE 75 during search operations. On 10 April 2014, it departed Perth Airport to Subang and Kadena Air Base (Japan) using callsign ‘MY102′, having been replaced by another P-8 from Kadena. On 22 April 2014, it returned to Perth Airport from Kadena using callsign ‘AU104′, to replace 168439. The air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was called off on 28 April 2014 and 168429 flew the final P-8 search flight that day as ‘RESCUE 74’. To mark the end of the air search, 168429 made a short flight on 29 April 2014 from Perth Airport to RAAF Pearce as ‘RESCUE 74’, where it was photographed in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, before returning to Perth Airport that afternoon. It departed Perth on 1 May 2014 to Kadena Air Base, Japan, using callsign ‘AU104’.
Photo © Wilson
168430 / LF-430 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40810/3879) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, over the northern suburbs of Perth – Tue 8 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
168430 / LF-430 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40810/3879) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, over the northern suburbs of Perth – Tue 8 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 75’ ′, seen here heading northeast over the northern suburbs of Perth at 17:30, before turning to join the approach to Perth Airport’s runway 21. Returning from the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. 168430 arrived in Perth on 28 March 2014 (see photos) direct from Kadena Air Base, Japan, where it had been deployed from its home base at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. On search flights, this aircraft used callsign RESCUE 75 initially, and RESCUE 74 or 75 from 1 April 2014. It was one of a pair of P-8s deployed to Perth (the other was 168429), with one P-8 flying each day. 168430 suffered some avionics troubles whilst in Perth and did not fly for a few days. The day before this, it flew a post-maintenance check flight down to Albany and back to Perth as ‘TALON 78’. On 10 April 2014, 168430 departed Perth Airport to Subang, Malaysia and Kadena Air Base, Japan as ‘TALON 101’. 168430 and 168429 had been replaced by another pair of P-8s from Kadena; 168438 and 168439.
Photo © David Eyre
A30-006 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES) (MSN 33987/1991) of 2 Squadron, RAAF, at Perth Airport – Mon 7 April 2014. Photo © Wilson
A30-006 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES) (MSN 33987/1991) of 2 Squadron, RAAF, at Perth Airport – Mon 7 April 2014.
Parked on the southern end of Terminal 2 apron at 1:43pm, after arriving from RAAF Williamtown using callsign ‘MITCHELL 1’. It arrived to assist with the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 which vanished on 8 March 2014. A30-006 came over to replace another Wedgetail, A30-001, operating as coordination and communications relay aircraft for air search aircraft. The next day (8 April), it operated its first mission, using callsign ‘RESCUE 107’. It departed Perth for the final time on 9 April, redeploying to RAAF Learmonth to operate search coordination missions from there. Learmonth was closer to the search area, had no air traffic congestion issues and was probably cheaper in terms of airport costs. On 19 April 2014, A30-006 departed RAAF Learmonth back to RAAF Williamtown, using callsign ‘MITCHELL 7′.
Photo © Wilson
VH-LAW Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express XRS (MSN 9299), named ‘Spirit of Kokomo’, owned by Walker Air Service, at Perth Airport– Mon 7 April 2014. Photo © Wilson
VH-LAW Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express XRS (MSN 9299), named ‘Spirit of Kokomo’, owned by Walker Air Service, at Perth Airport– Mon 7 April 2014.
Parked outside ExecuJet Australia at 13:57. Normally based at Sydney, this aircraft was one of a number of civilian business jets chartered by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and was based in Perth during the search. VH-LAW arrived in Perth from Sydney on 3 April 2014 and returned home to Sydney on 10 April 2014.
Photo © Wilson
A30-005 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES) (MSN 33896/1934) of RAAF, 2 Squadron, over the northern suburbs of Perth – Mon 7 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A30-005 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES) (MSN 33896/1934) of RAAF, 2 Squadron, over the northern suburbs of Perth – Mon 7 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 106′, seen here heading northeast over the northern suburbs of Perth at 16:34, before turning to join the approach to Perth Airport’s runway 21. Returning from the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. Normally based at RAAF Williamtown, NSW. A30-005 arrived at Perth Airport on 31 March 2014 (see photos) from RAAF Williamtown, using the callsign ‘MITCHELL 10’. It then performed the role of coordination and communications relay aircraft for search activities, using callsign ‘RESCUE 106’. It initially operated from Perth Airport, but redeployed to Learmonth from 8 April 2014 to operate from there. The air search was called off on 28 April 2014, so on 30 April 2014, A30-005 departed RAAF Learmonth back to its home base at RAAF Williamtown as ‘WEDGETAIL 07′.
Photo © David Eyre
168429/LF-429 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40809/3792) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, over the northern suburbs of Perth – Sun 6 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
168429/LF-429 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40809/3792) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, over the northern suburbs of Perth – Sun 6 April 2014.
Using callsign ‘RESCUE 75’, it departed around 7:55am, and is seen here returning at 4:56pm from the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. Home based at Jacksonville NAS, Florida, but deployed to Kadena Air Base, Japan. 168429 arrived at Perth Airport on 18 March 2014 (see photos) from Subang, Malaysia. The P-8s could not operate from RAAF Pearce with full fuel load. Initially used the call sign RESCUE 74 and later RESCUE 74 or 75 during search operations. A few days after this photo, on 10 April 2014, it departed Perth Airport to Subang and Kadena Air Base (Japan) using callsign ‘MY102′, having been replaced by another P-8 from Kadena. On 22 April 2014, it returned to Perth Airport from Kadena using callsign ‘AU104′, to replace 168439. On 28 April 2014, it flew its final search flight as RESCUE 74. The air search was officially called off the same day, but this aircraft completed its mission. On 29 April 2014, it flew a short flight from Perth Airport to RAAF Pearce as RESCUE 74, where it was photographed in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the search. Returned to Perth Airport in the afternoon. On 1 May 2014 it departed Perth to Kadena Air Base, Japan, using callsign ‘AU104′.
Photo © David Eyre
168439 / LF-439 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40819/4331) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport - Sun 6 April 2014. Photo © Ian Moy
168439 / LF-439 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40819/4331) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Sun 6 April 2014.
On final approach to runway 21 at 18:04, arriving from Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, on 6 April 2014 using call sign ‘AU102’, to participate in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. This was the third P-8 to arrive at Perth for the search, but was actually one of two P-8s which arrived to replace the original two – 168429 & 168430 were replaced by 168438 & 168439. The P-8s operated from Perth Airport as they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with a full fuel load. 168439 started search flights the next day using callsign RESCUE 74, but later alternated between RESCUE 74 or 75.
Photo © Ian Moy
21045 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 1033416524) of the Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Dangyang, China, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
21045 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 1033416524) of the Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Dangyang, China, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014.
‘RESCUE 802’ returning to land on runway 03 at 14:39, after another search flight looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. 21045 first arrived at Perth Airport on 22 March 2014, arriving from Sungai Besi Air Base, Malaysia. Built in 1993, ex B-4034 (China United Airlines). One of two PLAAF IL-76MD aircraft deployed to Perth Airport for the search – one IL-76 operates a search flight each day.
Photo © David Eyre
165834 / 834 Boeing C-40A Clipper (MSN 32598/1174) named ‘City of Orange Park’ of US Navy squadron VR-58 ’Sunseekers’, with 168429 / LF-429 (MSN 40809/3792) & 168430/LF-430 (MSN 40810/3879) Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport - Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © Wilson
165834 / 834 Boeing C-40A Clipper (MSN 32598/1174) named ‘City of Orange Park’ of US Navy squadron VR-58 ’Sunseekers’, with 168429 / LF-429 (MSN 40809/3792) & 168430/LF-430 (MSN 40810/3879) Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014.
165834 arrived at Perth Airport from Darwin on today (4 April 2014) using callsign CONVOY 7275, and is seen here parked at the south end of Terminal 2 apron at 16:24, shortly after arrival. It departed back to Darwin on 5 April 2014 with same callsign. Believed to be bringing parts for the P-8s.
168429 arrived at Perth Airport on 18 March 2014 (see photos) from Subang, Malaysia. P-8s could not operate from RAAF Pearce with full fuel load. It initially used the call sign RESCUE 74 and later RESCUE 74 or 75 during search operations.
168430 arrived in Perth on 28 March 2014 (see photos) direct from Kadena Air Base, Japan. On search flights, this aircraft used callsign RESCUE 75 initially, and RESCUE 74 or 75 from 1 April 2014. Only one P-8 flew each day. 168430 had avionics problems, so the C-40 may have been bringing replacement parts for this aircraft. These two P-8s were replaced on 10 April 2014 by another pair from Kadena – 168438 and 168439.
Photo © Wilson
165834 / 834 Boeing C-40A Clipper (737-7AFC) (MSN 32598/1174) of US Navy, VR-58 ’Sunseekers’, 168429 / LF-429 (MSN 40809/3792) & 168430/LF-430 (MSN 40810/3879) Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014.
165834 / 834 Boeing C-40A Clipper (737-7AFC) (MSN 32598/1174) of US Navy squadron VR-58 ’Sunseekers’, 168429 / LF-429 (MSN 40809/3792) & 168430/LF-430 (MSN 40810/3879) Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014.
165834 arrived from Darwin on 4 April 2014 using callsign ‘CONVOY 7275’, and seen here parked on Bay 217 at the south end of Terminal 2 apron at 16:37, shortly after arrival. It departed back to Darwin on 5 April 2014 with the same callsign. Believed to be bringing parts for the two Boeing P-8A Poseidons deployed to Perth as part of the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
168429 arrived at Perth Airport on 18 March 2014 (see photos) from Subang, Malaysia. P-8s could not operate from RAAF Pearce with full fuel load. It initially used the call sign RESCUE 74 and later RESCUE 74 or 75 during search operations.
168430 arrived in Perth on 28 March 2014 (see photos) direct from Kadena Air Base, Japan. On search flights, this aircraft used callsign RESCUE 75 initially, and RESCUE 74 or 75 from 1 April 2014. Only one P-8 flew each day. 168430 had avionics problems, so the C-40 may have been bringing replacement parts for this aircraft. These two P-8s were replaced on 10 April 2014 by another pair from Kadena – 168438 and 168439.
Photo © David Eyre
165834 / 834 Boeing C-40A Clipper (MSN 32598/1174) named ‘City of Orange Park’ of US Navy squadron VR-58 ’Sunseekers’, based at Fort Worth, Texas, USA, at Perth Airport - Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © Wilson
165834 / 834 Boeing C-40A Clipper (MSN 32598/1174) named ‘City of Orange Park’ of US Navy squadron VR-58 ’Sunseekers’, based at Fort Worth, Texas, USA, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014.
Arrived Perth Airport from Darwin on 4 April 2014 using callsign CONVOY 7275, and seen here parked at the south end of Terminal 2 apron at 16:21, shortly after arrival. It departed back to Darwin on 5 April 2014 with same callsign. Believed to be bringing parts for the P-8s.
Photo © Wilson
165834 / 834 Boeing C-40A Clipper (737-7AFC) (MSN 32598/1174) of US Navy squadron VR-58 ’Sunseekers’, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
165834 / 834 Boeing C-40A Clipper (737-7AFC) (MSN 32598/1174) of US Navy squadron VR-58 ’Sunseekers’, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014.
Based at Fort Worth, Texas, USA, based at Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Arrived from Darwin on 4 April 2014 using callsign ‘CONVOY 7275’, and seen here parked on Bay 217 at the south end of Terminal 2 apron at 16:37, shortly after arrival. It departed back to Darwin on 5 April 2014 with the same callsign. Believed to be bringing parts for the two Boeing P-8A Poseidons deployed to Perth as part of the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
Photo © David Eyre
165834 / 834 Boeing C-40A Clipper (737-7AFC) (MSN 32598/1174) of US Navy squadron VR-58 ’Sunseekers’, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
165834 / 834 Boeing C-40A Clipper (737-7AFC) (MSN 32598/1174) of US Navy squadron VR-58 ’Sunseekers’, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014.
Based at Fort Worth, Texas, USA, based at Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Arrived from Darwin on 4 April 2014 using callsign ‘CONVOY 7275’, and seen here parked on Bay 217 at the south end of Terminal 2 apron at 16:37, shortly after arrival. It departed back to Darwin on 5 April 2014 with the same callsign. Believed to be bringing parts for the two Boeing P-8A Poseidons deployed to Perth as part of the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
Photo © David Eyre
165834 / 834 Boeing C-40A Clipper (737-7AFC) (MSN 32598/1174) of US Navy squadron VR-58 ’Sunseekers’, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
165834 / 834 Boeing C-40A Clipper (737-7AFC) (MSN 32598/1174) of US Navy squadron VR-58 ’Sunseekers’, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014.
Based at Fort Worth, Texas, USA, based at Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Arrived from Darwin on 4 April 2014 using callsign ‘CONVOY 7275’, and seen here parked on Bay 217 at the south end of Terminal 2 apron at 16:37, shortly after arrival. It departed back to Darwin on 5 April 2014 with the same callsign. Believed to be bringing parts for the two Boeing P-8A Poseidons deployed to Perth as part of the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
Photo © David Eyre
168429 / LF-429 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40809/3792) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
168429 / LF-429 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40809/3792) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014.
Home based at Jacksonville NAS, Florida, but deployed to Kadena Air Base, Japan. 168429 arrived at Perth Airport on 18 March 2014 (see photos) from Subang, Malaysia. The P-8s could not operate from RAAF Pearce with full fuel load. Initially used the call sign RESCUE 74 and later RESCUE 74 or 75 during search operations. On 10 April 2014, it departed Perth Airport to Subang and Kadena Air Base (Japan) using callsign ‘MY102′, having been replaced by another P-8 from Kadena. On 22 April 2014, it returned to Perth Airport from Kadena using callsign ‘AU104′, to replace 168439. On 28 April 2014, it flew its final search flight as RESCUE 74. The air search was officially called off the same day, but this aircraft completed its mission. On 29 April 2014, it flew a short flight from Perth Airport to RAAF Pearce as RESCUE 74, where it was photographed in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the search. Returned to Perth Airport in the afternoon. On 1 May 2014 it departed Perth to Kadena Air Base, Japan, using callsign ‘AU104′.
Seen here parked at Bay 219 on the Terminal 2 apron at 16:37
Photo © David Eyre
168429 / LF-429 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40809/3792) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
168429 / LF-429 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40809/3792) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014.
Home based at Jacksonville NAS, Florida, but deployed to Kadena Air Base, Japan. 168429 arrived at Perth Airport on 18 March 2014 (see photos) from Subang, Malaysia. The P-8s could not operate from RAAF Pearce with full fuel load. Initially used the call sign RESCUE 74 and later RESCUE 74 or 75 during search operations. On 10 April 2014, it departed Perth Airport to Subang and Kadena Air Base (Japan) using callsign ‘MY102′, having been replaced by another P-8 from Kadena. On 22 April 2014, it returned to Perth Airport from Kadena using callsign ‘AU104′, to replace 168439. On 28 April 2014, it flew its final search flight as RESCUE 74. The air search was officially called off the same day, but this aircraft completed its mission. On 29 April 2014, it flew a short flight from Perth Airport to RAAF Pearce as RESCUE 74, where it was photographed in a group of eight aircraft from the seven nations involved in the Australian air search for MH370, to mark the end of the search. Returned to Perth Airport in the afternoon. On 1 May 2014 it departed Perth to Kadena Air Base, Japan, using callsign ‘AU104′.
Seen here parked at Bay 219 on the Terminal 2 apron at 16:37
Photo © David Eyre
168430/LF-430 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40810/3879) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © Wilson
168430/LF-430 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40810/3879) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014.
Parked at the south end of Terminal 2 apron at 13:33. Arrived in Perth on 28 March 2014 (see photos) direct from Kadena Air Base, Japan. On search flights, this aircraft used callsign RESCUE 75 initially, and RESCUE 74 or 75 from 1 April 2014. One of a pair of P-8s deployed to Perth (the other was 168429), only one P-8 flew each day. These two P-8s were replaced on 10 April 2014 by another pair from Kadena – 168438 and 168439.
Photo © Wilson
168430/LF-430 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40810/3879) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
168430/LF-430 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40810/3879) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014.
Home based at Jacksonville NAS, Florida, but deployed to Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. Parked at Bay 220 on the south end of Terminal 2 apron at Perth Airport. 168430 arrived in Perth on 28 March 2014 (see photos) direct from Kadena Air Base, Japan. On search flights, this aircraft used callsign RESCUE 75 initially, and RESCUE 74 or 75 from 1 April 2014. Only one P-8 flew each day. 168430 had avionics problems, so the C-40 may have been bringing replacement parts for this aircraft. On 7 April 2014, 168430 conducted a test flight Perth – Albany – Perth as ‘TALON 78′, before resuming search flights the following day. These two P-8s were replaced on 10 April 2014 by another pair from Kadena – 168438 and 168439. On 10 April 2014, 168430 departed Perth Airport to Subang, Malaysia and Kadena Air Base, Japan as ‘TALON 101’.
Photo © David Eyre
168430/LF-430 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40810/3879) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
168430/LF-430 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40810/3879) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014.
Home based at Jacksonville NAS, Florida, but deployed to Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. Parked at Bay 220 on the south end of Terminal 2 apron at Perth Airport. 168430 arrived in Perth on 28 March 2014 (see photos) direct from Kadena Air Base, Japan. On search flights, this aircraft used callsign RESCUE 75 initially, and RESCUE 74 or 75 from 1 April 2014. Only one P-8 flew each day. 168430 had avionics problems, so the C-40 may have been bringing replacement parts for this aircraft. On 7 April 2014, 168430 conducted a test flight Perth – Albany – Perth as ‘TALON 78′, before resuming search flights the following day. These two P-8s were replaced on 10 April 2014 by another pair from Kadena – 168438 and 168439. On 10 April 2014, 168430 departed Perth Airport to Subang, Malaysia and Kadena Air Base, Japan as ‘TALON 101’.
Photo © David Eyre
165834 / 834 Boeing C-40A Clipper (737-7AFC) (MSN 32598/1174) of US Navy, VR-58 ’Sunseekers’, 168429 / LF-429 (MSN 40809/3792) & 168430/LF-430 (MSN 40810/3879) Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014.
165834 / 834 Boeing C-40A Clipper (737-7AFC) (MSN 32598/1174) of US Navy squadron VR-58 ’Sunseekers’, 168429 / LF-429 (MSN 40809/3792) & 168430/LF-430 (MSN 40810/3879) Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014.
165834 arrived from Darwin on 4 April 2014 using callsign ‘CONVOY 7275’, and seen here parked on Bay 217 at the south end of Terminal 2 apron at 16:37, shortly after arrival. It departed back to Darwin on 5 April 2014 with the same callsign. Believed to be bringing parts for the two Boeing P-8A Poseidons deployed to Perth as part of the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
168429 arrived at Perth Airport on 18 March 2014 (see photos) from Subang, Malaysia. P-8s could not operate from RAAF Pearce with full fuel load. It initially used the call sign RESCUE 74 and later RESCUE 74 or 75 during search operations.
168430 arrived in Perth on 28 March 2014 (see photos) direct from Kadena Air Base, Japan. On search flights, this aircraft used callsign RESCUE 75 initially, and RESCUE 74 or 75 from 1 April 2014. Only one P-8 flew each day. 168430 had avionics problems, so the C-40 may have been bringing replacement parts for this aircraft. These two P-8s were replaced on 10 April 2014 by another pair from Kadena – 168438 and 168439.
Photo © David Eyre
168430/LF-430 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40810/3879) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
168430/LF-430 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40810/3879) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014.
Home based at Jacksonville NAS, Florida, but deployed to Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. Parked at Bay 220 on the south end of Terminal 2 apron at Perth Airport. 168430 arrived in Perth on 28 March 2014 (see photos) direct from Kadena Air Base, Japan. On search flights, this aircraft used callsign RESCUE 75 initially, and RESCUE 74 or 75 from 1 April 2014. Only one P-8 flew each day. 168430 had avionics problems, so the C-40 may have been bringing replacement parts for this aircraft. On 7 April 2014, 168430 conducted a test flight Perth – Albany – Perth as ‘TALON 78′, before resuming search flights the following day. These two P-8s were replaced on 10 April 2014 by another pair from Kadena – 168438 and 168439. On 10 April 2014, 168430 departed Perth Airport to Subang, Malaysia and Kadena Air Base, Japan as ‘TALON 101’.
Photo © David Eyre
168430/LF-430 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40810/3879) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
168430/LF-430 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40810/3879) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014.
Home based at Jacksonville NAS, Florida, but deployed to Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. Parked at Bay 220 on the south end of Terminal 2 apron at Perth Airport. 168430 arrived in Perth on 28 March 2014 (see photos) direct from Kadena Air Base, Japan. On search flights, this aircraft used callsign RESCUE 75 initially, and RESCUE 74 or 75 from 1 April 2014. Only one P-8 flew each day. 168430 had avionics problems, so the C-40 may have been bringing replacement parts for this aircraft. On 7 April 2014, 168430 conducted a test flight Perth – Albany – Perth as ‘TALON 78′, before resuming search flights the following day. These two P-8s were replaced on 10 April 2014 by another pair from Kadena – 168438 and 168439. On 10 April 2014, 168430 departed Perth Airport to Subang, Malaysia and Kadena Air Base, Japan as ‘TALON 101’.
Photo © David Eyre
168430/LF-430 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40810/3879) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
168430/LF-430 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40810/3879) of US Navy, VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014.
Home based at Jacksonville NAS, Florida, but deployed to Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. Parked at Bay 220 on the south end of Terminal 2 apron at Perth Airport. 168430 arrived in Perth on 28 March 2014 (see photos) direct from Kadena Air Base, Japan. On search flights, this aircraft used callsign RESCUE 75 initially, and RESCUE 74 or 75 from 1 April 2014. Only one P-8 flew each day. 168430 had avionics problems, so the C-40 may have been bringing replacement parts for this aircraft. On 7 April 2014, 168430 conducted a test flight Perth – Albany – Perth as ‘TALON 78′, before resuming search flights the following day. These two P-8s were replaced on 10 April 2014 by another pair from Kadena – 168438 and 168439. On 10 April 2014, 168430 departed Perth Airport to Subang, Malaysia and Kadena Air Base, Japan as ‘TALON 101’.
Photo © David Eyre
20541 (MSN 0083486570) callsign ‘RESCUE 801’ and 21045 (MSN 1033416524) callsign ‘RESCUE 802’, Ilyushin IL-76MD of the Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Dangyang, China, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
20541 (MSN 0083486570) callsign ‘RESCUE 801’ and 21045 (MSN 1033416524) callsign ‘RESCUE 802’, Ilyushin IL-76MD of the Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Dangyang, China, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014.
Deployed to Perth Airport to search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. Both aircraft arrived at Perth Airport on 22 March 2014, arriving from Sungai Besi Air Base, Malaysia. Usually, one IL-76 would operate a search flight each day, departing around 6am and returning around 2pm.
20541 was built in 1988, ex CCCP-78761 (Soviet AF), EW-78761 (Belarus AF), 27601 (PLAAF). 20541 used the callsign RESCUE 801, but did not fly a search flight today.
21045 was built in 1993, ex B-4034 (China United Airlines). 21045 had flown a search flight today as RESCUE 802.
Both aircraft departed Perth on 3 May 2014 to Subang Air Base (Malaysia), then home to China.
Photo © David Eyre
20541 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 0083486570) of the Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Dangyang, China, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
20541 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 0083486570) of the Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Dangyang, China, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014.
Deployed to Perth Airport to search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. 20541 used the callsign ‘RESCUE 801’ during search flights, and was based at Perth Airport as it could not take off from RAAF Pearce with a full fuel load. It arrived at Perth Airport on 22 March 2014, arriving from Sungai Besi Air Base, Malaysia, together with 21045. Usually, one IL-76 would operate a search flight each day, departing around 6am and returning around 2pm. 20541 did not fly today.
20541 was built in 1988, ex CCCP-78761 (Soviet AF), EW-78761 (Belarus AF), 27601 (PLAAF). Departed Perth on 3 May 2014 to Subang Air Base (Malaysia), then home to China.
Photo © David Eyre
21045 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 1033416524) of the Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Dangyang, China, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
21045 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 1033416524) of the Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Dangyang, China, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014.
Deployed to Perth Airport to search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. 21045 used the callsign ‘RESCUE 802’ during search flights. Based at Perth Airport as it could not take off from RAAF Pearce with full fuel load. It arrived at Perth Airport on 22 March 2014 from Sungai Besi Air Base, Malaysia, together with 21045. Usually, one IL-76 would operate a search flight each day, departing around 6am and returning around 2pm – today 21045 made a search flight.
Built in 1993, ex B-4034 (China United Airlines). Departed Perth on 3 May 2014 to Subang Air Base (Malaysia), then home to China.
Photo © David Eyre
A30-001 Boeing E-7A (737-7ES) Wedgetail (MSN 33474/1245) of 2 Squadron, RAAF, at Perth Airport– Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A30-001 Boeing E-7A (737-7ES) Wedgetail (MSN 33474/1245) of 2 Squadron, RAAF, at Perth Airport– Fri 4 April 2014.
Landing on runway 24 at 17:13, using callsign ‘MITCHELL 12’, arriving from its home base at Williamtown, NSW. This aircraft had flown Williamtown-Perth-Williamtown the previous day (3 April 2014). From 5 April 2014, it acted as a coordination and communications relay aircraft during the air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, using callsign ‘RESCUE 107’. On 7 April 2014, it departed Perth back to Williamtown as ‘MITCHELL 11’, as it was replaced by A30-006.
Photo © David Eyre
A30-001 Boeing E-7A (737-7ES) Wedgetail (MSN 33474/1245) of 2 Squadron, RAAF, at Perth Airport– Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A30-001 Boeing E-7A (737-7ES) Wedgetail (MSN 33474/1245) of 2 Squadron, RAAF, at Perth Airport– Fri 4 April 2014.
Landing on runway 24 at 17:13, using callsign ‘MITCHELL 12’, arriving from its home base at Williamtown, NSW. This aircraft had flown Williamtown-Perth-Williamtown the previous day (3 April 2014). From 5 April 2014, it acted as a coordination and communications relay aircraft during the air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, using callsign ‘RESCUE 107’. On 7 April 2014, it departed Perth back to Williamtown as ‘MITCHELL 11’, as it was replaced by A30-006.
Photo © David Eyre
A30-001 Boeing E-7A (737-7ES) Wedgetail (MSN 33474/1245) of 2 Squadron, RAAF, at Perth Airport– Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A30-001 Boeing E-7A (737-7ES) Wedgetail (MSN 33474/1245) of 2 Squadron, RAAF, at Perth Airport– Fri 4 April 2014.
Landing on runway 24 at 17:13, using callsign ‘MITCHELL 12’, arriving from its home base at Williamtown, NSW. This aircraft had flown Williamtown-Perth-Williamtown the previous day (3 April 2014). From 5 April 2014, it acted as a coordination and communications relay aircraft during the air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, using callsign ‘RESCUE 107’. On 7 April 2014, it departed Perth back to Williamtown as ‘MITCHELL 11’, as it was replaced by A30-006.
Photo © David Eyre
A30-001 Boeing E-7A (737-7ES) Wedgetail (MSN 33474/1245) of 2 Squadron, RAAF, at Perth Airport– Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A30-001 Boeing E-7A (737-7ES) Wedgetail (MSN 33474/1245) of 2 Squadron, RAAF, at Perth Airport– Fri 4 April 2014.
Landing on runway 24 at 17:13, using callsign ‘MITCHELL 12’, arriving from its home base at Williamtown, NSW. This aircraft had flown Williamtown-Perth-Williamtown the previous day (3 April 2014). From 5 April 2014, it acted as a coordination and communications relay aircraft during the air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, using callsign ‘RESCUE 107’. On 7 April 2014, it departed Perth back to Williamtown as ‘MITCHELL 11’, as it was replaced by A30-006.
Photo © David Eyre
A30-001 Boeing E-7A (737-7ES) Wedgetail (MSN 33474/1245) of 2 Squadron, RAAF, at Perth Airport– Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A30-001 Boeing E-7A (737-7ES) Wedgetail (MSN 33474/1245) of 2 Squadron, RAAF, at Perth Airport– Fri 4 April 2014.
Landing on runway 24 at 17:13, using callsign ‘MITCHELL 12’, arriving from its home base at Williamtown, NSW. This aircraft had flown Williamtown-Perth-Williamtown the previous day (3 April 2014). From 5 April 2014, it acted as a coordination and communications relay aircraft during the air search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, using callsign ‘RESCUE 107’. On 7 April 2014, it departed Perth back to Williamtown as ‘MITCHELL 11’, as it was replaced by A30-006.
Photo © David Eyre
A30-001 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES) (MSN 33474/1245) of the RAAF, 2 Squadron, based at RAAF Williamtown, NSW, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © Wilson
A30-001 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES) (MSN 33474/1245) of the RAAF, 2 Squadron, based at RAAF Williamtown, NSW, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014.
The aircraft had arrived at Perth Airport the previous day (see photos) from its base at RAAF Williamtown, using callsign ‘MITCHELL 11’, to support the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. A30-001 is seen here parked at the south end of the Terminal 2 apron at 18:30. The Wedgetail performed a coordination and communications relay role for the air search, and later used the callsign RESCUE 107. It redeployed to Learmonth (near Exmouth) on 8 April 2014 to operate search coordination flights from there, as this was closer to the search areas.
Photo © Wilson
A30-005 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES) (MSN 33896/1934) of the RAAF, 2 Squadron, and 165834 Boeing C-40A Clipper (MSN 32598/1174) named ‘City of Orange Park’ of US Navy squadron VR-58 ’Sunseekers’, and A30-001 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES) (MSN 33474/1245) of the RAAF, 2 Squadron, and 168429 / LF-429 (MSN 40809/3792) & 168430/LF-430 (MSN 40810/3879) Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport - Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © Wilson
A30-005 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES) (MSN 33896/1934) of the RAAF, 2 Squadron, and 165834 Boeing C-40A Clipper (MSN 32598/1174) named ‘City of Orange Park’ of US Navy squadron VR-58 ’Sunseekers’, and A30-001 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES) (MSN 33474/1245) of the RAAF, 2 Squadron, and 168429 / LF-429 (MSN 40809/3792) & 168430/LF-430 (MSN 40810/3879) Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014.
A gathering of military 737 variants involved with the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, parked at the south end of Terminal 2 apron at 18:48.
A30-005 arrived at Perth Airport on 31 March 2014 (see photos) from RAAF Williamtown. It performed the role of coordination and communications relay aircraft for search activities, using callsign RESCUE 106. It initially operated from Perth Airport, but redeployed to Learmonth from 8 April 2014 to operate from there.
165834 arrived at Perth Airport from Darwin on today (4 April 2014) using callsign CONVOY 7275, and is seen here parked at the south end of Terminal 2 apron at 16:24, shortly after arrival. It departed back to Darwin on 5 April 2014 with same callsign. Believed to be bringing parts for the P-8s.
A30-001 arrived at Perth Airport on 3 April 2014 (see photos) from its base at RAAF Williamtown. Used the callsign RESCUE 107 when supporting search operations. It redeployed to Learmonth (near Exmouth) on 8 April 2014 to be closer to the search areas.
168429 arrived at Perth Airport on 18 March 2014 (see photos) from Subang, Malaysia. P-8s could not operate from RAAF Pearce with full fuel load. It initially used the call sign RESCUE 74 and later RESCUE 74 or 75 during search operations.
168430 arrived in Perth on 28 March 2014 (see photos) direct from Kadena Air Base, Japan. On search flights, this aircraft used callsign RESCUE 75 initially, and RESCUE 74 or 75 from 1 April 2014. Only one P-8 flew each day.
These two P-8s were replaced on 10 April 2014 by another pair from Kadena – 168438 and 168439.
Photo © Wilson
VH-LAL Gulfstream Aerospace G550 (GV-SP) (MSN 5259) owned by Little Aviation Pty Ltd, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
VH-LAL Gulfstream Aerospace G550 (GV-SP) (MSN 5259) owned by Little Aviation Pty Ltd, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014.
Returning from a search flight looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Landing on runway 21 at 17:24. Normally based at Essendon, this aircraft was one of a number of civilian business jets chartered by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and temporarily based in Perth during the MH370 search – VH-LAL was based here from 22-28 March 2014 and again during 3-10 April 2014. Built in 2009, ex N959GA.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-LAL Gulfstream Aerospace G550 (GV-SP) (MSN 5259) owned by Little Aviation Pty Ltd, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
VH-LAL Gulfstream Aerospace G550 (GV-SP) (MSN 5259) owned by Little Aviation Pty Ltd, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014.
Returning from a search flight looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Landing on runway 21 at 17:24. Normally based at Essendon, this aircraft was one of a number of civilian business jets chartered by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and temporarily based in Perth during the MH370 search – VH-LAL was based here from 22-28 March 2014 and again during 3-10 April 2014. Built in 2009, ex N959GA.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-LAL Gulfstream Aerospace G550 (GV-SP) (MSN 5259) owned by Little Aviation Pty Ltd, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
VH-LAL Gulfstream Aerospace G550 (GV-SP) (MSN 5259) owned by Little Aviation Pty Ltd, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014.
Returning from a search flight looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Landing on runway 21 at 17:24. Normally based at Essendon, this aircraft was one of a number of civilian business jets chartered by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and temporarily based in Perth during the MH370 search – VH-LAL was based here from 22-28 March 2014 and again during 3-10 April 2014. Built in 2009, ex N959GA.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-LAL Gulfstream Aerospace G550 (GV-SP) (MSN 5259) owned by Little Aviation Pty Ltd, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
VH-LAL Gulfstream Aerospace G550 (GV-SP) (MSN 5259) owned by Little Aviation Pty Ltd, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014.
Returning from a search flight looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Landing on runway 21 at 17:24. Normally based at Essendon, this aircraft was one of a number of civilian business jets chartered by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and temporarily based in Perth during the MH370 search – VH-LAL was based here from 22-28 March 2014 and again during 3-10 April 2014. Built in 2009, ex N959GA.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-LAL Gulfstream Aerospace G550 (GV-SP) (MSN 5259) owned by Little Aviation Pty Ltd, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
VH-LAL Gulfstream Aerospace G550 (GV-SP) (MSN 5259) owned by Little Aviation Pty Ltd, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014.
Returning from a search flight looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Landing on runway 21 at 17:24. Normally based at Essendon, this aircraft was one of a number of civilian business jets chartered by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and temporarily based in Perth during the MH370 search – VH-LAL was based here from 22-28 March 2014 and again during 3-10 April 2014. Built in 2009, ex N959GA.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-LAL Gulfstream Aerospace G550 (GV-SP) (MSN 5259) owned by Little Aviation Pty Ltd, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
VH-LAL Gulfstream Aerospace G550 (GV-SP) (MSN 5259) owned by Little Aviation Pty Ltd, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014.
Returning from a search flight looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Landing on runway 21 at 17:24. Normally based at Essendon, this aircraft was one of a number of civilian business jets chartered by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and temporarily based in Perth during the MH370 search – VH-LAL was based here from 22-28 March 2014 and again during 3-10 April 2014. Built in 2009, ex N959GA.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-LAL Gulfstream Aerospace G550 (GV-SP) (MSN 5259) owned by Little Aviation Pty Ltd, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
VH-LAL Gulfstream Aerospace G550 (GV-SP) (MSN 5259) owned by Little Aviation Pty Ltd, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014.
Returning from a search flight looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Landing on runway 21 at 17:24. Normally based at Essendon, this aircraft was one of a number of civilian business jets chartered by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and temporarily based in Perth during the MH370 search – VH-LAL was based here from 22-28 March 2014 and again during 3-10 April 2014. Built in 2009, ex N959GA.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-LAL Gulfstream Aerospace G550 (GV-SP) (MSN 5259) owned by Little Aviation Pty Ltd, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
VH-LAL Gulfstream Aerospace G550 (GV-SP) (MSN 5259) owned by Little Aviation Pty Ltd, at Perth Airport – Fri 4 April 2014.
Returning from a search flight looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Landing on runway 21 at 17:24. Normally based at Essendon, this aircraft was one of a number of civilian business jets chartered by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and temporarily based in Perth during the MH370 search – VH-LAL was based here from 22-28 March 2014 and again during 3-10 April 2014. Built in 2009, ex N959GA.
Photo © David Eyre
ZK-KFB Gulfstream Aerospace G650 (MSN 6043) of Execujet New Zealand Ltd, at Perth Airport– Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
ZK-KFB Gulfstream Aerospace G650 (MSN 6043) of Execujet New Zealand Ltd, at Perth Airport– Fri 4 April 2014.
Landing on runway 21 at 17:46, returning from a search flight looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Normally based at Wellington, New Zealand, this aircraft was one of a number of civilian business jets chartered by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and temporarily based in Perth during the MH370 search. ZK-KFB arrived from Wellington on 25 March 2014 and returned home to Wellington on 16 April 2014. Built in 2012, ex N643GA.
Photo © David Eyre
ZK-KFB Gulfstream Aerospace G650 (MSN 6043) of Execujet New Zealand Ltd, at Perth Airport– Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
ZK-KFB Gulfstream Aerospace G650 (MSN 6043) of Execujet New Zealand Ltd, at Perth Airport– Fri 4 April 2014.
Landing on runway 21 at 17:46, returning from a search flight looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Normally based at Wellington, New Zealand, this aircraft was one of a number of civilian business jets chartered by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and temporarily based in Perth during the MH370 search. ZK-KFB arrived from Wellington on 25 March 2014 and returned home to Wellington on 16 April 2014. Built in 2012, ex N643GA.
Photo © David Eyre
ZK-KFB Gulfstream Aerospace G650 (MSN 6043) of Execujet New Zealand Ltd, at Perth Airport– Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
ZK-KFB Gulfstream Aerospace G650 (MSN 6043) of Execujet New Zealand Ltd, at Perth Airport– Fri 4 April 2014.
Returning from a search flight looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, taxying in on Taxiway A at 17:49, to park in the general aviation area. Normally based at Wellington, New Zealand, this aircraft was one of a number of civilian business jets chartered by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and temporarily based in Perth during the MH370 search. ZK-KFB arrived at Perth from Wellington on 25 March 2014, and it returned home to Wellington on 16 April 2014. Built in 2012, ex N643GA.
Photo © David Eyre
ZK-KFB Gulfstream Aerospace G650 (MSN 6043) of Execujet New Zealand Ltd, at Perth Airport– Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
ZK-KFB Gulfstream Aerospace G650 (MSN 6043) of Execujet New Zealand Ltd, at Perth Airport– Fri 4 April 2014.
Returning from a search flight looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, taxying in on Taxiway A at 17:49, to park in the general aviation area. Normally based at Wellington, New Zealand, this aircraft was one of a number of civilian business jets chartered by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and temporarily based in Perth during the MH370 search. ZK-KFB arrived at Perth from Wellington on 25 March 2014, and it returned home to Wellington on 16 April 2014. Built in 2012, ex N643GA.
Photo © David Eyre
ZK-KFB Gulfstream Aerospace G650 (MSN 6043) of Execujet New Zealand Ltd, at Perth Airport– Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
ZK-KFB Gulfstream Aerospace G650 (MSN 6043) of Execujet New Zealand Ltd, at Perth Airport– Fri 4 April 2014.
Returning from a search flight looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, taxying in on Taxiway A at 17:49, to park in the general aviation area. Normally based at Wellington, New Zealand, this aircraft was one of a number of civilian business jets chartered by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and temporarily based in Perth during the MH370 search. ZK-KFB arrived at Perth from Wellington on 25 March 2014, and it returned home to Wellington on 16 April 2014. Built in 2012, ex N643GA.
Photo © David Eyre
ZK-KFB Gulfstream Aerospace G650 (MSN 6043) of Execujet New Zealand Ltd, at Perth Airport– Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
ZK-KFB Gulfstream Aerospace G650 (MSN 6043) of Execujet New Zealand Ltd, at Perth Airport– Fri 4 April 2014.
Returning from a search flight looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, taxying in on Taxiway D at 17:49, to park in the general aviation area. Normally based at Wellington, New Zealand, this aircraft was one of a number of civilian business jets chartered by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and temporarily based in Perth during the MH370 search. ZK-KFB arrived at Perth from Wellington on 25 March 2014, and it returned home to Wellington on 16 April 2014. Built in 2012, ex N643GA.
Photo © David Eyre
ZK-KFB Gulfstream Aerospace G650 (MSN 6043) of Execujet New Zealand Ltd, at Perth Airport– Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
ZK-KFB Gulfstream Aerospace G650 (MSN 6043) of Execujet New Zealand Ltd, at Perth Airport– Fri 4 April 2014.
Returning from a search flight looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, taxying in on Taxiway D at 17:49, to park in the general aviation area. Normally based at Wellington, New Zealand, this aircraft was one of a number of civilian business jets chartered by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and temporarily based in Perth during the MH370 search. ZK-KFB arrived at Perth from Wellington on 25 March 2014, and it returned home to Wellington on 16 April 2014. Built in 2012, ex N643GA.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-LAW Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express XRS (MSN 9299), named ‘Spirit of Kokomo’, owned by Walker Air Service, at Perth Airport– Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
VH-LAW Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express XRS (MSN 9299), named ‘Spirit of Kokomo’, owned by Walker Air Service, at Perth Airport– Fri 4 April 2014.
Returning from a search flight looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, landing on runway 21 at 17:56. Normally based at Sydney, this aircraft was one of a number of civilian business jets chartered by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and temporarily based in Perth during the MH370 search. VH-LAW arrived from Sydney on 3 April 2014 and returned home to Sydney on 10 April 2014.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-LAW Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express XRS (MSN 9299), named ‘Spirit of Kokomo’, owned by Walker Air Service, at Perth Airport– Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
VH-LAW Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express XRS (MSN 9299), named ‘Spirit of Kokomo’, owned by Walker Air Service, at Perth Airport– Fri 4 April 2014.
Returning from a search flight looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, landing on runway 21 at 17:56. Normally based at Sydney, this aircraft was one of a number of civilian business jets chartered by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and temporarily based in Perth during the MH370 search. VH-LAW arrived from Sydney on 3 April 2014 and returned home to Sydney on 10 April 2014.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-LAW Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express XRS (MSN 9299), named ‘Spirit of Kokomo’, owned by Walker Air Service, at Perth Airport– Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
VH-LAW Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express XRS (MSN 9299), named ‘Spirit of Kokomo’, owned by Walker Air Service, at Perth Airport– Fri 4 April 2014.
Returning from a search flight looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, landing on runway 21 at 17:56. Normally based at Sydney, this aircraft was one of a number of civilian business jets chartered by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and temporarily based in Perth during the MH370 search. VH-LAW arrived from Sydney on 3 April 2014 and returned home to Sydney on 10 April 2014.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-LAW Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express XRS (MSN 9299), named ‘Spirit of Kokomo’, owned by Walker Air Service, at Perth Airport– Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
VH-LAW Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express XRS (MSN 9299), named ‘Spirit of Kokomo’, owned by Walker Air Service, at Perth Airport– Fri 4 April 2014.
Returning from a search flight looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. It is seen here taxying in to the GA area at 17:59. Normally based at Sydney, this aircraft was one of a number of civilian business jets chartered by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and temporarily based in Perth during the MH370 search. VH-LAW arrived from Sydney on 3 April 2014 and returned home to Sydney on 10 April 2014.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-LAW Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express XRS (MSN 9299), named ‘Spirit of Kokomo’, owned by Walker Air Service, at Perth Airport– Fri 4 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
VH-LAW Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express XRS (MSN 9299), named ‘Spirit of Kokomo’, owned by Walker Air Service, at Perth Airport– Fri 4 April 2014.
Returning from a search flight looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. It is seen here taxying in to the GA area at 17:59, passing VH-EBN Airbus A330-202 (MSN 1094) of Qantas, named ‘Clare Valley’,parked at Bay 12 at Terminal 4. Normally based at Sydney, this aircraft was one of a number of civilian business jets chartered by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and temporarily based in Perth during the MH370 search. VH-LAW arrived from Sydney on 3 April 2014 and returned home to Sydney on 10 April 2014.
Photo © David Eyre
A32-439 Beech B300 King Air 350 (MSN FL-439) of RAAF, 38 Squadron, based at Townsville, QLD, ‘38 Sqn: 70 years’ logo on tail, at Perth Airport – Thu 3 April 2014. Photo © Steve Jaksic
A32-439 Beech B300 King Air 350 (MSN FL-439) of RAAF, 38 Squadron, based at Townsville, QLD, ‘38 Sqn: 70 years’ logo on tail, at Perth Airport – Thu 3 April 2014.
‘DINGO 51’, landing on runway 03 at 12:14, believed to be a liaison/support aircraft for the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. A32-439 also has small ‘Dingo Aviation’ titles on the fuselage under the cockpit windows – DINGO is the callsign used by 38 Squadron. The squadron will soon be receiving ten new Alenia C-27J Spartan transport aircraft which are on order for the RAAF.
Photo © Steve Jaksic
A30-001 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES) (MSN 33474/1245) of the RAAF, 2 Squadron, based at RAAF Williamtown, NSW, at Perth Airport – Thu 3 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
A30-001 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES) (MSN 33474/1245) of the RAAF, 2 Squadron, based at RAAF Williamtown, NSW, at Perth Airport – Thu 3 April 2014.
Landing on runway 03 at 13:13 using callsign ‘MITCHELL 11’. The aircraft had arrived at Perth Airport from its base at RAAF Williamtown to support the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. The Wedgetail performed a coordination and communications relay role for the air search, and later used the callsign RESCUE 107. It redeployed to Learmonth (near Exmouth) on 8 April 2014 to operate search coordination flights from there, as this was closer to the search areas.
Photo © Keith Anderson
A30-001 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES) (MSN 33474/1245) of the RAAF, 2 Squadron, based at RAAF Williamtown, NSW, at Perth Airport – Thu 3 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
A30-001 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES) (MSN 33474/1245) of the RAAF, 2 Squadron, based at RAAF Williamtown, NSW, at Perth Airport – Thu 3 April 2014.
Landing on runway 03 at 13:13 using callsign ‘MITCHELL 11’. The aircraft had arrived at Perth Airport from its base at RAAF Williamtown to support the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. The Wedgetail performed a coordination and communications relay role for the air search, and later used the callsign RESCUE 107. It redeployed to Learmonth (near Exmouth) on 8 April 2014 to operate search coordination flights from there, as this was closer to the search areas.
Photo © Keith Anderson
A30-001 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES) (MSN 33474/1245) of the RAAF, 2 Squadron, based at RAAF Williamtown, NSW, at Perth Airport – Thu 3 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
A30-001 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES) (MSN 33474/1245) of the RAAF, 2 Squadron, based at RAAF Williamtown, NSW, at Perth Airport – Thu 3 April 2014.
Landing on runway 03 at 13:13 using callsign ‘MITCHELL 11’. The aircraft had arrived at Perth Airport from its base at RAAF Williamtown to support the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. The Wedgetail performed a coordination and communications relay role for the air search, and later used the callsign RESCUE 107. It redeployed to Learmonth (near Exmouth) on 8 April 2014 to operate search coordination flights from there, as this was closer to the search areas.
Photo © Keith Anderson
A30-001 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES) (MSN 33474/1245) of the RAAF, 2 Squadron, based at RAAF Williamtown, NSW, at Perth Airport – Thu 3 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A30-001 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES) (MSN 33474/1245) of the RAAF, 2 Squadron, based at RAAF Williamtown, NSW, at Perth Airport – Thu 3 April 2014.
Taking off from runway 21 at 15:14 using callsign ‘MITCHELL 11’. The aircraft had arrived at Perth Airport from its base at RAAF Williamtown to support the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. The Wedgetail performed a coordination and communications relay role for the air search, and later used the callsign RESCUE 107. It redeployed to Learmonth (near Exmouth) on 8 April 2014 to operate search coordination flights from there, as this was closer to the search areas.
Photo © David Eyre
A30-001 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES) (MSN 33474/1245) of the RAAF, 2 Squadron, based at RAAF Williamtown, NSW, at Perth Airport – Thu 3 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A30-001 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES) (MSN 33474/1245) of the RAAF, 2 Squadron, based at RAAF Williamtown, NSW, at Perth Airport – Thu 3 April 2014.
Taking off from runway 21 at 15:14 using callsign ‘MITCHELL 11’. The aircraft had arrived at Perth Airport from its base at RAAF Williamtown to support the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. The Wedgetail performed a coordination and communications relay role for the air search, and later used the callsign RESCUE 107. It redeployed to Learmonth (near Exmouth) on 8 April 2014 to operate search coordination flights from there, as this was closer to the search areas.
Photo © David Eyre
A30-001 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES) (MSN 33474/1245) of the RAAF, 2 Squadron, based at RAAF Williamtown, NSW, at Perth Airport – Thu 3 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A30-001 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES) (MSN 33474/1245) of the RAAF, 2 Squadron, based at RAAF Williamtown, NSW, at Perth Airport – Thu 3 April 2014.
Taking off from runway 21 at 15:14 using callsign ‘MITCHELL 11’. The aircraft had arrived at Perth Airport from its base at RAAF Williamtown to support the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. The Wedgetail performed a coordination and communications relay role for the air search, and later used the callsign RESCUE 107. It redeployed to Learmonth (near Exmouth) on 8 April 2014 to operate search coordination flights from there, as this was closer to the search areas.
Photo © David Eyre
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak at Perth Airport – Thu 3 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak at Perth Airport – Thu 3 April 2014.
Driving past the Perth Airport Viewing Area car park at 14:15, before boarding his aircraft to depart Perth to Hanoi (Vietnam). Mr Najib had arrived at Perth Airport late the previous night, aboard 9M-NAA Airbus A319-115X CJ (MSN 2949) of the Malaysian Government (operated by Jet Premier One (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd), using callsign ‘November Romeo 1’. This morning, the Malaysian Prime Minister was accompanied by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on a tour around RAAF Base Pearce, north of Perth, where Mr Najib thanked all of the countries and their aircrews for assistance with the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. He also visited the Joint Agency Coordination Centre for an update on the continuing search. Mr Najib’s aircraft 9M-NAA took off from runway 21 at 14:54, bound for Hanoi, where he began an official visit to Vietnam until 5 April 2014.
Photo © David Eyre
9M-NAA / 1 Airbus A319-115X CJ (MSN 2949) of the Malaysian Government (operated by Jet Premier One (Malaysia) at Perth Airport – Thu 3 April 2014. Photo © Wilson
9M-NAA / 1 Airbus A319-115X CJ (MSN 2949) of the Malaysian Government (operated by Jet Premier One (Malaysia) at Perth Airport – Thu 3 April 2014.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak aboard as the aircraft taxies out at 14:49 from International Apron. It took off from runway 21 at 14:54 with call sign ‘November Romeo 1’ (NR standing for Najib Razak), departing direct to Hanoi, Vietnam. The aircraft, with Mr Najib aboard, had arrived at Perth Airport late the previous night, using the same call sign. This morning, the Malaysian Prime Minister was accompanied by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on a tour around RAAF Base Pearce, north of Perth, where Mr Najib thanked all of the countries and their aircrews for assistance with the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. He also visited the Joint Agency Coordination Centre for an update on the continuing search. Mr Najib departed to Hanoi, where he began an official visit to Vietnam, lasting until 5 April 2014.
Photo © Wilson
9M-NAA / 1 Airbus A319-115X CJ (MSN 2949) of the Malaysian Government (operated by Jet Premier One (Malaysia) at Perth Airport – Thu 3 April 2014. Photo © Wilson
9M-NAA / 1 Airbus A319-115X CJ (MSN 2949) of the Malaysian Government (operated by Jet Premier One (Malaysia) at Perth Airport – Thu 3 April 2014.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak aboard as the aircraft taxies out at 14:49 from International Apron. It took off from runway 21 at 14:54 with call sign ‘November Romeo 1’ (NR standing for Najib Razak), departing direct to Hanoi, Vietnam. The aircraft, with Mr Najib aboard, had arrived at Perth Airport late the previous night, using the same call sign. This morning, the Malaysian Prime Minister was accompanied by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on a tour around RAAF Base Pearce, north of Perth, where Mr Najib thanked all of the countries and their aircrews for assistance with the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. He also visited the Joint Agency Coordination Centre for an update on the continuing search. Mr Najib departed to Hanoi, where he began an official visit to Vietnam, lasting until 5 April 2014.
Photo © Wilson
9M-NAA / 1 Airbus A319-115X CJ (MSN 2949) of the Malaysian Government (operated by Jet Premier One (Malaysia) at Perth Airport – Thu 3 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
9M-NAA / 1 Airbus A319-115X CJ (MSN 2949) of the Malaysian Government (operated by Jet Premier One (Malaysia) at Perth Airport – Thu 3 April 2014.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak aboard as the aircraft takes off from runway 21 at 14:54 with call sign ‘November Romeo 1’ (NR standing for Najib Razak), departing direct to Hanoi, Vietnam. The aircraft, with Mr Najib aboard, had arrived at Perth Airport late the previous night, using the same call sign. This morning, the Malaysian Prime Minister was accompanied by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on a tour around RAAF Base Pearce, north of Perth, where Mr Najib thanked all of the countries and their aircrews for assistance with the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. He also visited the Joint Agency Coordination Centre for an update on the continuing search. Mr Najib departed to Hanoi, where he began an official visit to Vietnam, lasting until 5 April 2014.
Photo © David Eyre
9M-NAA / 1 Airbus A319-115X CJ (MSN 2949) of the Malaysian Government (operated by Jet Premier One (Malaysia) at Perth Airport – Thu 3 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
9M-NAA / 1 Airbus A319-115X CJ (MSN 2949) of the Malaysian Government (operated by Jet Premier One (Malaysia) at Perth Airport – Thu 3 April 2014.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak aboard as the aircraft takes off from runway 21 at 14:54 with call sign ‘November Romeo 1’ (NR standing for Najib Razak), departing direct to Hanoi, Vietnam. The aircraft, with Mr Najib aboard, had arrived at Perth Airport late the previous night, using the same call sign. This morning, the Malaysian Prime Minister was accompanied by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on a tour around RAAF Base Pearce, north of Perth, where Mr Najib thanked all of the countries and their aircrews for assistance with the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. He also visited the Joint Agency Coordination Centre for an update on the continuing search. Mr Najib departed to Hanoi, where he began an official visit to Vietnam, lasting until 5 April 2014.
Photo © David Eyre
9M-NAA / 1 Airbus A319-115X CJ (MSN 2949) of the Malaysian Government (operated by Jet Premier One (Malaysia) at Perth Airport – Thu 3 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
9M-NAA / 1 Airbus A319-115X CJ (MSN 2949) of the Malaysian Government (operated by Jet Premier One (Malaysia) at Perth Airport – Thu 3 April 2014.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak aboard as the aircraft takes off from runway 21 at 14:54 with call sign ‘November Romeo 1’ (NR standing for Najib Razak), departing direct to Hanoi, Vietnam. The aircraft, with Mr Najib aboard, had arrived at Perth Airport late the previous night, using the same call sign. This morning, the Malaysian Prime Minister was accompanied by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on a tour around RAAF Base Pearce, north of Perth, where Mr Najib thanked all of the countries and their aircrews for assistance with the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. He also visited the Joint Agency Coordination Centre for an update on the continuing search. Mr Najib departed to Hanoi, where he began an official visit to Vietnam, lasting until 5 April 2014.
Photo © David Eyre
9M-NAA / 1 Airbus A319-115X CJ (MSN 2949) of the Malaysian Government (operated by Jet Premier One (Malaysia) at Perth Airport – Thu 3 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
9M-NAA / 1 Airbus A319-115X CJ (MSN 2949) of the Malaysian Government (operated by Jet Premier One (Malaysia) at Perth Airport – Thu 3 April 2014.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak aboard as the aircraft takes off from runway 21 at 14:54 with call sign ‘November Romeo 1’ (NR standing for Najib Razak), departing direct to Hanoi, Vietnam. The aircraft, with Mr Najib aboard, had arrived at Perth Airport late the previous night, using the same call sign. This morning, the Malaysian Prime Minister was accompanied by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on a tour around RAAF Base Pearce, north of Perth, where Mr Najib thanked all of the countries and their aircrews for assistance with the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. He also visited the Joint Agency Coordination Centre for an update on the continuing search. Mr Najib departed to Hanoi, where he began an official visit to Vietnam, lasting until 5 April 2014.
Photo © David Eyre
9M-NAA / 1 Airbus A319-115X CJ (MSN 2949) of the Malaysian Government (operated by Jet Premier One (Malaysia) at Perth Airport – Thu 3 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
9M-NAA / 1 Airbus A319-115X CJ (MSN 2949) of the Malaysian Government (operated by Jet Premier One (Malaysia) at Perth Airport – Thu 3 April 2014.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak aboard as the aircraft takes off from runway 21 at 14:54 with call sign ‘November Romeo 1’ (NR standing for Najib Razak), departing direct to Hanoi, Vietnam. The aircraft, with Mr Najib aboard, had arrived at Perth Airport late the previous night, using the same call sign. This morning, the Malaysian Prime Minister was accompanied by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on a tour around RAAF Base Pearce, north of Perth, where Mr Najib thanked all of the countries and their aircrews for assistance with the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. He also visited the Joint Agency Coordination Centre for an update on the continuing search. Mr Najib departed to Hanoi, where he began an official visit to Vietnam, lasting until 5 April 2014.
Photo © David Eyre
A36-002 Boeing 737-7DT (BBJ) (MSN 30790/613) of 34 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force (leased from GECAS), based at RAAF Fairbairn, Canberra, at Perth Airport – Thu 3 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A36-002 Boeing 737-7DT (BBJ) (MSN 30790/613) of 34 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force (leased from GECAS), based at RAAF Fairbairn, Canberra, at Perth Airport – Thu 3 April 2014.
Taking off from runway 21 at 15:01 using callsign ‘ENVOY 24’, with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott aboard, returning to Canberra. Mr Abbott had initially been in Perth to support the Liberal Party in the re-run Senate Election campaign in WA, but stayed on when Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced that he was to visit Perth. Mr Abbott accompanied Mr Najib on a tour around RAAF Base Pearce, north of Perth, where Mr Najib thanked all of the countries and their aircrews for assistance with the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. The leaders also visited the Joint Agency Coordination Centre for an update on the continuing search.
Photo © David Eyre
A36-002 Boeing 737-7DT (BBJ) (MSN 30790/613) of 34 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force (leased from GECAS), based at RAAF Fairbairn, Canberra, at Perth Airport – Thu 3 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A36-002 Boeing 737-7DT (BBJ) (MSN 30790/613) of 34 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force (leased from GECAS), based at RAAF Fairbairn, Canberra, at Perth Airport – Thu 3 April 2014.
Taking off from runway 21 at 15:01 using callsign ‘ENVOY 24’, with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott aboard, returning to Canberra. Mr Abbott had initially been in Perth to support the Liberal Party in the re-run Senate Election campaign in WA, but stayed on when Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced that he was to visit Perth. Mr Abbott accompanied Mr Najib on a tour around RAAF Base Pearce, north of Perth, where Mr Najib thanked all of the countries and their aircrews for assistance with the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. The leaders also visited the Joint Agency Coordination Centre for an update on the continuing search.
Photo © David Eyre
A36-002 Boeing 737-7DT (BBJ) (MSN 30790/613) of 34 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force (leased from GECAS), based at RAAF Fairbairn, Canberra, at Perth Airport – Thu 3 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A36-002 Boeing 737-7DT (BBJ) (MSN 30790/613) of 34 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force (leased from GECAS), based at RAAF Fairbairn, Canberra, at Perth Airport – Thu 3 April 2014.
Taking off from runway 21 at 15:01 using callsign ‘ENVOY 24’, with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott aboard, returning to Canberra. Mr Abbott had initially been in Perth to support the Liberal Party in the re-run Senate Election campaign in WA, but stayed on when Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced that he was to visit Perth. Mr Abbott accompanied Mr Najib on a tour around RAAF Base Pearce, north of Perth, where Mr Najib thanked all of the countries and their aircrews for assistance with the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. The leaders also visited the Joint Agency Coordination Centre for an update on the continuing search.
Photo © David Eyre
A9-… Lockheed AP-3C Orion of the RAAF, 11 Squadron, based at RAAF Edinburgh, SA, over northern suburbs of Perth – Thu 3 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A9-… Lockheed AP-3C Orion of the RAAF, 11 Squadron, based at RAAF Edinburgh, SA, over northern suburbs of Perth – Thu 3 April 2014.
Flying south over the northern suburbs at 17:13 before landing on runway 36R at RAAF Pearce. Believed to be using callsign RESCUE 102, but cannot identify the specific aircraft, as the callsigns for RAAF Orions relate to crews, not airframes. Returning from the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared on 8 March 2014.
Photo © David Eyre
A9-… Lockheed AP-3C Orion of RAAF, 10 Squadron, based at RAAF Edinburgh, SA, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 2 April 2014. Photo © Steve Jaksic
A9-… Lockheed AP-3C Orion of RAAF, 10 Squadron, based at RAAF Edinburgh, SA, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 2 April 2014.
SEALION 55 taking off from runway 36R at 10:23. This aircraft had previously been conducting search flights looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. However, use of the SEALION callsign shows that this particular flight was not connected with the search.
Photo © Steve Jaksic
A9-664 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5793) of the RAAF, 11 Squadron, RAAF Base Edinburgh, SA, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 2 April 2014. Photo © Steve Jaksic
A9-664 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5793) of the RAAF, 11 Squadron, RAAF Base Edinburgh, SA, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 2 April 2014.
‘RESCUE 103’ on final approach to runway 18L at 13:27, following a search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014.
Photo © Steve Jaksic
JA500A / LAJ500 Gulfstream Aerospace U-4 (G-V) “Umi Washi” (Sea Eagle) (MSN 683) of the Japan Coast Guard, 3rd Region, based at Tokyo-Haneda Airport, Japan, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 2 April 2014. Photo © Steve Jaksic
JA500A / LAJ500 Gulfstream Aerospace U-4 (G-V) “Umi Washi” (Sea Eagle) (MSN 683) of the Japan Coast Guard, 3rd Region, based at Tokyo-Haneda Airport, Japan, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 2 April 2014.
‘RESCUE 933’ taking off from runway 36R at 11:34 on another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (Boeing 777-2H6ER, registration 9M-MRO). It departed back to Japan the next day (3 April 2014). This is a maritime patrol conversion of the Gulfstream G-V, equipped with a Thales high performance maritime surveillance radar and FLIR system.
Photo © Steve Jaksic
5060 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9057) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 5 Kokutai, based at Naha Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 2 April 2014. Photo © Steve Jaksic
5060 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9057) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 5 Kokutai, based at Naha Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 2 April 2014.
Taking off from runway 18L at Pearce at 11:59 as ‘RESCUE 932’, to search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO), which disappeared on 8 March 2014.
Photo © Steve Jaksic
M30-12 Lockheed C-130H-30 Hercules (MSN 382-5277) of the Royal Malaysian Air Force, 20 Skuadron, Subang Air Base, Malaysia, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 2 April 2014. Photo © Steve Jaksic
M30-12 Lockheed C-130H-30 Hercules (MSN 382-5277) of the Royal Malaysian Air Force, 20 Skuadron, Subang Air Base, Malaysia, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 2 April 2014.
‘RESCUE 281’ on final approach to runway 18L at Pearce at 12:46, after another search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (Boeing 777-2H6ER, registration 9M-MRO). M30-12 first arrived at Pearce from Subang via Jakarta-Halim on 29 March 2014 using callsign ‘RMF460A’.
Photo © Steve Jaksic
M30-16 Lockheed C-130H-30 Hercules (MSN 382-5319) of the Royal Malaysian Air Force, 20 Skuadron, based at Subang Air Base, Malaysia, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 2 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
M30-16 Lockheed C-130H-30 Hercules (MSN 382-5319) of the Royal Malaysian Air Force, 20 Skuadron, based at Subang Air Base, Malaysia, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 2 April 2014.
‘RESCUE 282’, on final approach to runway 18L at 17:55 following a search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. M30-16 first arrived at Pearce from Subang via Jakarta-Halim on 29 March 2014 using callsign ‘RMF460B’.
Photo © Keith Anderson
M30-16 Lockheed C-130H-30 Hercules (MSN 382-5319) of the Royal Malaysian Air Force, 20 Skuadron, based at Subang Air Base, Malaysia, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 2 April 2014. Photo © Steve Jaksic
M30-16 Lockheed C-130H-30 Hercules (MSN 382-5319) of the Royal Malaysian Air Force, 20 Skuadron, based at Subang Air Base, Malaysia, at RAAF Pearce – Wed 2 April 2014.
‘RESCUE 282’, on final approach to runway 18L at 17:55 following a search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. M30-16 first arrived at Pearce from Subang via Jakarta-Halim on 29 March 2014 using callsign ‘RMF460B’.
Photo © Steve Jaksic
20541 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 0083486570) of the Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Dangyang, China, at Perth Airport – Tue 1 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
20541 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 0083486570) of the Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Dangyang, China, at Perth Airport – Tue 1 April 2014.
‘RESCUE 801’ returning to land on runway 21 at 13:45, after a search flight looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. This first arrived at Perth Airport on 22 March 2014, arriving from Sungai Besi Air Base, Malaysia. 20541 was built in 1988, ex CCCP-78761 (Soviet AF), EW-78761 (Belarus AF), 27601 (PLAAF).
Photo © Keith Anderson
20541 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 0083486570) of the Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Dangyang, China, at Perth Airport – Tue 1 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
20541 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 0083486570) of the Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Dangyang, China, at Perth Airport – Tue 1 April 2014.
‘RESCUE 801’ returning to land on runway 21 at 13:45, after a search flight looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. This first arrived at Perth Airport on 22 March 2014, arriving from Sungai Besi Air Base, Malaysia. 20541 was built in 1988, ex CCCP-78761 (Soviet AF), EW-78761 (Belarus AF), 27601 (PLAAF).
Photo © Keith Anderson
20541 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 0083486570) of the Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Dangyang, China, at Perth Airport – Tue 1 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
20541 Ilyushin IL-76MD (MSN 0083486570) of the Peoples’ Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), 13th Transport Division, 39th Air Regiment, Dangyang, China, at Perth Airport – Tue 1 April 2014.
‘RESCUE 801’ returning to land on runway 21 at 13:45, after a search flight looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. This first arrived at Perth Airport on 22 March 2014, arriving from Sungai Besi Air Base, Malaysia. 20541 was built in 1988, ex CCCP-78761 (Soviet AF), EW-78761 (Belarus AF), 27601 (PLAAF).
Photo © Keith Anderson
A30-005 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES) (MSN 33896/1934) of RAAF, 2 Squadron, based at RAAF Williamtown, NSW, at Perth Airport - Tue 1 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A30-005 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES) (MSN 33896/1934) of RAAF, 2 Squadron, based at RAAF Williamtown, NSW, at Perth Airport – Tue 1 April 2014.
‘RESCUE 106’ on final approach to runway 21 at 16:27, returning from the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. A30-005 first arrived at Perth Airport from RAAF Williamtown on 31 March 2014, using the callsign ‘MITCHELL 10′. Coordination and communications relay aircraft for search activities as callsign RESCUE 106. It was operating from Perth Airport, but redeployed to Learmonth on 8 April 2014, as this was much closer to the more northerly search area. Another Wedgetail, A30-001 ‘RESCUE 107’ also joined the search and it too redeployed to Learmonth after initially operating from Perth.
Photo © David Eyre
A30-005 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES) (MSN 33896/1934) of RAAF, 2 Squadron, based at RAAF Williamtown, NSW, at Perth Airport - Tue 1 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A30-005 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES) (MSN 33896/1934) of RAAF, 2 Squadron, based at RAAF Williamtown, NSW, at Perth Airport – Tue 1 April 2014.
‘RESCUE 106’ on final approach to runway 21 at 16:27, returning from the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. A30-005 first arrived at Perth Airport from RAAF Williamtown on 31 March 2014, using the callsign ‘MITCHELL 10′. Coordination and communications relay aircraft for search activities as callsign RESCUE 106. It was operating from Perth Airport, but redeployed to Learmonth on 8 April 2014, as this was much closer to the more northerly search area. Another Wedgetail, A30-001 ‘RESCUE 107’ also joined the search and it too redeployed to Learmonth after initially operating from Perth.
Photo © David Eyre
A30-005 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES) (MSN 33896/1934) of RAAF, 2 Squadron, based at RAAF Williamtown, NSW, at Perth Airport - Tue 1 April 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
A30-005 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES) (MSN 33896/1934) of RAAF, 2 Squadron, based at RAAF Williamtown, NSW, at Perth Airport – Tue 1 April 2014.
‘RESCUE 106’ on final approach to runway 21 at 16:27, returning from the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. A30-005 first arrived at Perth Airport from RAAF Williamtown on 31 March 2014, using the callsign ‘MITCHELL 10′. Coordination and communications relay aircraft for search activities as callsign RESCUE 106. It was operating from Perth Airport, but redeployed to Learmonth on 8 April 2014, as this was much closer to the more northerly search area. Another Wedgetail, A30-001 ‘RESCUE 107’ also joined the search and it too redeployed to Learmonth after initially operating from Perth.
Photo © Keith Anderson
A30-005 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES) (MSN 33896/1934) of RAAF, 2 Squadron, based at RAAF Williamtown, NSW, at Perth Airport - Tue 1 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A30-005 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES) (MSN 33896/1934) of RAAF, 2 Squadron, based at RAAF Williamtown, NSW, at Perth Airport – Tue 1 April 2014.
‘RESCUE 106’ on final approach to runway 21 at 16:27, returning from the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. A30-005 first arrived at Perth Airport from RAAF Williamtown on 31 March 2014, using the callsign ‘MITCHELL 10′. Coordination and communications relay aircraft for search activities as callsign RESCUE 106. It was operating from Perth Airport, but redeployed to Learmonth on 8 April 2014, as this was much closer to the more northerly search area. Another Wedgetail, A30-001 ‘RESCUE 107’ also joined the search and it too redeployed to Learmonth after initially operating from Perth.
Photo © David Eyre
A30-005 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES) (MSN 33896/1934) of RAAF, 2 Squadron, based at RAAF Williamtown, NSW, at Perth Airport - Tue 1 April 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A30-005 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES) (MSN 33896/1934) of RAAF, 2 Squadron, based at RAAF Williamtown, NSW, at Perth Airport – Tue 1 April 2014.
‘RESCUE 106’ on final approach to runway 21 at 16:27, returning from the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. A30-005 first arrived at Perth Airport from RAAF Williamtown on 31 March 2014, using the callsign ‘MITCHELL 10′. Coordination and communications relay aircraft for search activities as callsign RESCUE 106. It was operating from Perth Airport, but redeployed to Learmonth on 8 April 2014, as this was much closer to the more northerly search area. Another Wedgetail, A30-001 ‘RESCUE 107’ also joined the search and it too redeployed to Learmonth after initially operating from Perth.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-OCV Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express XRS (MSN 9326) owned by ExecuJet Australia Pty Ltd, at Perth Airport – Tue 1 April 2014. Photo © Wilson
VH-OCV Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express XRS (MSN 9326) owned by ExecuJet Australia Pty Ltd, at Perth Airport – Tue 1 April 2014.
It was chartered by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority to search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which was declared missing on 8 March 2014. Arrived in Perth 22 March 2014 from Subang (Kuala Lumpur), after completing charters unrelated to the MH370 search. Flew a number of long search flights of over 11-12 hours duration, far off the WA coast, until 29 March 2014. Built in 2008, ex C-FUDH. Seen here parked at the end of Taxiway R.
Photo © Wilson
A32-439 Beech B300 King Air 350 (MSN FL-439) of RAAF, 38 Squadron, based at Townsville, QLD, ‘38 Sqn: 70 years’ logo on tail, at Perth Airport – Tue 1 April 2014. Photo © Wilson
A32-439 Beech B300 King Air 350 (MSN FL-439) of RAAF, 38 Squadron, based at Townsville, QLD, ‘38 Sqn: 70 years’ logo on tail, at Perth Airport – Tue 1 April 2014.
Believed to be a liaison/support aircraft for the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. A32-439 used the callsign DINGO 51 and has small ‘Dingo Aviation’ titles on the fuselage under the cockpit windows. The squadron will soon be receiving ten new Alenia C-27J Spartan transport aircraft which are on order for the RAAF. Seen here parked at end of Taxiway R, next to Global Express VH-OCV, which was one of the civilian aircraft used in the search.
Photo © Wilson
A32-439 Beech B300 King Air 350 (MSN FL-439) of RAAF, 38 Squadron, based at Townsville, QLD, ‘38 Sqn: 70 years’ logo on tail, at Perth Airport – Tue 1 April 2014. Photo © Wilson
A32-439 Beech B300 King Air 350 (MSN FL-439) of RAAF, 38 Squadron, based at Townsville, QLD, ‘38 Sqn: 70 years’ logo on tail, at Perth Airport – Tue 1 April 2014.
Believed to be a liaison/support aircraft for the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. A32-439 used the callsign DINGO 51 and has small ‘Dingo Aviation’ titles on the fuselage under the cockpit windows. The squadron will soon be receiving ten new Alenia C-27J Spartan transport aircraft which are on order for the RAAF. Seen here parked at end of Taxiway R, next to Global Express VH-OCV, which was one of the civilian aircraft used in the search.
Photo © Wilson
A30-005 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES) (MSN 33896/1934) of the RAAF, 2 Squadron, based at RAAF Base Williamtown, NSW, at Perth Airport – Mon 31 March 2014. Photo © Wilson
A30-005 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES) (MSN 33896/1934) of the RAAF, 2 Squadron, based at RAAF Base Williamtown, NSW, at Perth Airport – Mon 31 March 2014.
Seen at the south end of the Terminal 2 apron at 13:40, just after arriving from RAAF Williamtown, using callsign ‘MITCHELL 10′, to support the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. It performed the role of coordination and communications relay aircraft for search activities, using callsign RESCUE 106. It initially operated from Perth Airport, but redeployed to Learmonth from 8 April 2014 to operate from there.
Photo © Wilson
A30-005 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES) (MSN 33896/1934) of the RAAF, 2 Squadron, based at RAAF Base Williamtown, NSW, with 168429 / LF-429 (MSN 40809/3792) & 168430/LF-430 (MSN 40810/3879) Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Mon 31 March 2014. Photo © Wilson
A30-005 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail (737-7ES) (MSN 33896/1934) of the RAAF, 2 Squadron, based at RAAF Base Williamtown, NSW, with 168429 / LF-429 (MSN 40809/3792) & 168430/LF-430 (MSN 40810/3879) Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Mon 31 March 2014.
Aircraft involved with the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, parked on the south end of Terminal 2 apron at 17:27.
A30-005 arrived from RAAF Williamtown this afternoon, using callsign ‘MITCHELL 10′. Performed the role of coordination and communications relay aircraft for search activities, using callsign RESCUE 106. Initially operated from Perth Airport, but redeployed to Learmonth on 8 April 2014 to operate from there.
168429 arrived at Perth Airport on 18 March 2014 (see photos) from Subang, Malaysia. P-8s could not operate from RAAF Pearce with full fuel load. It initially used the call sign RESCUE 74 and later RESCUE 74 or 75 during search operations.
168430 arrived in Perth on 28 March 2014 (see photos) direct from Kadena Air Base, Japan. On search flights, this aircraft used callsign RESCUE 75 initially, and RESCUE 74 or 75 from 1 April 2014. Only one P-8 flew each day.
These two P-8s were replaced on 10 April 2014 by another pair from Kadena – 168438 and 168439.
Photo © Wilson
168430/LF-430 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40810/3879) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Mon 31 March 2014. Photo © Wilson
168430/LF-430 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40810/3879) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, at Perth Airport – Mon 31 March 2014.
Parked at the south end of Terminal 2 apron at 17:36, after returning from a search flight looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. First arrived in Perth on 28 March 2014 (see photos) direct from Kadena Air Base, Japan. On search flights, this aircraft used callsign RESCUE 75 initially, and RESCUE 74 or 75 from 1 April 2014. One of a pair of P-8s deployed to Perth (the other was 168429), only one P-8 flew each day. These two P-8s were replaced on 10 April 2014 by another pair from Kadena – 168438 and 168439.
Photo © Wilson
M30-16 Lockheed C-130H-30 Hercules (MSN 382-5319) of the Royal Malaysian Air Force, 20 Skuadron, based at Subang Air Base, Malaysia, at RAAF Pearce - Sun 30 March 2014. Photo © David Eyre
M30-16 Lockheed C-130H-30 Hercules (MSN 382-5319) of the Royal Malaysian Air Force, 20 Skuadron, based at Subang Air Base, Malaysia, at RAAF Pearce – Sun 30 March 2014.
‘RESCUE 282’ after takeoff from runway 36R at 10:53am, headed to the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. M30-16 first arrived at Pearce from Jakarta-Halim on 29 March 2014 using callsign ‘RMF460B’.
Photo © David Eyre
M30-16 Lockheed C-130H-30 Hercules (MSN 382-5319) of the Royal Malaysian Air Force, 20 Skuadron, based at Subang Air Base, Malaysia, at RAAF Pearce - Sun 30 March 2014. Photo © David Eyre
M30-16 Lockheed C-130H-30 Hercules (MSN 382-5319) of the Royal Malaysian Air Force, 20 Skuadron, based at Subang Air Base, Malaysia, at RAAF Pearce – Sun 30 March 2014.
‘RESCUE 282’ after takeoff from runway 36R at 10:53am, headed to the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. M30-16 first arrived at Pearce from Jakarta-Halim on 29 March 2014 using callsign ‘RMF460B’.
Photo © David Eyre
M30-16 Lockheed C-130H-30 Hercules (MSN 382-5319) of the Royal Malaysian Air Force, 20 Skuadron, based at Subang Air Base, Malaysia, at RAAF Pearce - Sun 30 March 2014. Photo © David Eyre
M30-16 Lockheed C-130H-30 Hercules (MSN 382-5319) of the Royal Malaysian Air Force, 20 Skuadron, based at Subang Air Base, Malaysia, at RAAF Pearce – Sun 30 March 2014.
‘RESCUE 282’ after takeoff from runway 36R at 10:53am, headed to the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. M30-16 first arrived at Pearce from Jakarta-Halim on 29 March 2014 using callsign ‘RMF460B’.
Photo © David Eyre
M30-16 Lockheed C-130H-30 Hercules (MSN 382-5319) of the Royal Malaysian Air Force, 20 Skuadron, based at Subang Air Base, Malaysia, at RAAF Pearce - Sun 30 March 2014. Photo © David Eyre
M30-16 Lockheed C-130H-30 Hercules (MSN 382-5319) of the Royal Malaysian Air Force, 20 Skuadron, based at Subang Air Base, Malaysia, at RAAF Pearce – Sun 30 March 2014.
‘RESCUE 282’ after takeoff from runway 36R at 10:53am, headed to the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. M30-16 first arrived at Pearce from Jakarta-Halim on 29 March 2014 using callsign ‘RMF460B’.
Photo © David Eyre
M30-16 Lockheed C-130H-30 Hercules (MSN 382-5319) of the Royal Malaysian Air Force, 20 Skuadron, based at Subang Air Base, Malaysia, at RAAF Pearce - Sun 30 March 2014. Photo © David Eyre
M30-16 Lockheed C-130H-30 Hercules (MSN 382-5319) of the Royal Malaysian Air Force, 20 Skuadron, based at Subang Air Base, Malaysia, at RAAF Pearce – Sun 30 March 2014.
‘RESCUE 282’ after takeoff from runway 36R at 10:53am, headed to the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014. M30-16 first arrived at Pearce from Jakarta-Halim on 29 March 2014 using callsign ‘RMF460B’.
Photo © David Eyre
A9-659 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5784) of RAAF, 11 Squadron, based at RAAF Edinburgh, at RAAF Pearce - Sun 30 March 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A9-659 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5784) of RAAF, 11 Squadron, based at RAAF Edinburgh, at RAAF Pearce – Sun 30 March 2014.
RESCUE 103, after take off from runway 18L at 11:12am, headed to the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014.
Photo © David Eyre
A9-659 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5784) of RAAF, 11 Squadron, based at RAAF Edinburgh, at RAAF Pearce - Sun 30 March 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A9-659 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5784) of RAAF, 11 Squadron, based at RAAF Edinburgh, at RAAF Pearce – Sun 30 March 2014.
RESCUE 103, after take off from runway 18L at 11:12am, headed to the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014.
Photo © David Eyre
A9-659 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5784) of RAAF, 11 Squadron, based at RAAF Edinburgh, at RAAF Pearce - Sun 30 March 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A9-659 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5784) of RAAF, 11 Squadron, based at RAAF Edinburgh, at RAAF Pearce – Sun 30 March 2014.
RESCUE 103, after take off from runway 18L at 11:12am, headed to the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014.
Photo © David Eyre
A9-659 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5784) of RAAF, 11 Squadron, based at RAAF Edinburgh, at RAAF Pearce - Sun 30 March 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A9-659 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5784) of RAAF, 11 Squadron, based at RAAF Edinburgh, at RAAF Pearce – Sun 30 March 2014.
RESCUE 103, after take off from runway 18L at 11:12am, headed to the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014.
Photo © David Eyre
A9-659 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5784) of RAAF, 11 Squadron, based at RAAF Edinburgh, at RAAF Pearce - Sun 30 March 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A9-659 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5784) of RAAF, 11 Squadron, based at RAAF Edinburgh, at RAAF Pearce – Sun 30 March 2014.
RESCUE 103, after take off from runway 18L at 11:12am, headed to the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014.
Photo © David Eyre
M30-16 Lockheed C-130H-30 Hercules (MSN 382-5319) of the Royal Malaysian Air Force, 20 Skuadron, based at Subang Air Base, Malaysia, at RAAF Pearce – Sat 29 March 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
M30-16 Lockheed C-130H-30 Hercules (MSN 382-5319) of the Royal Malaysian Air Force, 20 Skuadron, based at Subang Air Base, Malaysia, at RAAF Pearce – Sat 29 March 2014.
‘RESCUE 282’′, taxying in at Pearce after landing on runway 18L at 12:06 following a search flight for missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014.
This aircraft arrived Pearce from Subang via Jakarta-Halim on 29 March 2014 using callsign ‘RMF460B’.
Photo © Keith Anderson
NZ4204 Lockheed P-3K2 Orion (MSN 5202) of 5 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, based at RNZAF Auckland, New Zealand, at RAAF Pearce – Sat 29 March 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
NZ4204 Lockheed P-3K2 Orion (MSN 5202) of 5 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, based at RNZAF Auckland, New Zealand, at RAAF Pearce – Sat 29 March 2014.
‘RESCUE 795′, lining up on runway 36R at Pearce for departure at 12:15 to the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO, which disappeared on 8 March 2014.
Photo © Keith Anderson
NZ4204 Lockheed P-3K2 Orion (MSN 185-5202) of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 5 Squadron, based at RNZAF Base Auckland, New Zealand, at RAAF Pearce – Sat 29 March 2014. Photo © David Eyre
NZ4204 Lockheed P-3K2 Orion (MSN 185-5202) of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 5 Squadron, based at RNZAF Base Auckland, New Zealand, at RAAF Pearce – Sat 29 March 2014.
This aircraft first arrived at Pearce on 19 March 2014 using callsign ‘KIWI 027’. It replaced another RNZAF Orion, NZ4203, in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO), which disappeared on 8 March 2014.
It is seen here after takeoff from runway 36R at 12:20 as ‘RESCUE 795’, departing for another search flight.
Photo © David Eyre
NZ4204 Lockheed P-3K2 Orion (MSN 185-5202) of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 5 Squadron, based at RNZAF Base Auckland, New Zealand, at RAAF Pearce – Sat 29 March 2014. Photo © David Eyre
NZ4204 Lockheed P-3K2 Orion (MSN 185-5202) of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 5 Squadron, based at RNZAF Base Auckland, New Zealand, at RAAF Pearce – Sat 29 March 2014.
This aircraft first arrived at Pearce on 19 March 2014 using callsign ‘KIWI 027’. It replaced another RNZAF Orion, NZ4203, in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO), which disappeared on 8 March 2014.
It is seen here after takeoff from runway 36R at 12:20 as ‘RESCUE 795’, departing for another search flight.
Photo © David Eyre
5060 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9057) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 5 Kokutai, based at Naha Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, at RAAF Pearce – Sat 29 March 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
5060 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9057) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 5 Kokutai, based at Naha Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, at RAAF Pearce – Sat 29 March 2014.
Lining up on runway 36R at Pearce for departure at 12:55 as ‘RESCUE 932’, to search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO), which disappeared on 8 March 2014. One of two Japanese Orions deployed to Pearce for the search.
Photo © Keith Anderson
5060 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9057) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 5 Kokutai, based at Naha Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, at RAAF Pearce – Sat 29 March 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
5060 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9057) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 5 Kokutai, based at Naha Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, at RAAF Pearce – Sat 29 March 2014.
Lining up on runway 36R at Pearce for departure at 12:55 as ‘RESCUE 932’, to search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO), which disappeared on 8 March 2014. One of two Japanese Orions deployed to Pearce for the search.
Photo © Keith Anderson
5060 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9057) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 5 Kokutai, based at Naha Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, at RAAF Pearce – Sat 29 March 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
5060 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9057) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 5 Kokutai, based at Naha Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, at RAAF Pearce – Sat 29 March 2014.
Lining up on runway 36R at Pearce for departure at 12:55 as ‘RESCUE 932’, to search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO), which disappeared on 8 March 2014. One of two Japanese Orions deployed to Pearce for the search.
Photo © Keith Anderson
5060 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9057) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 5 Kokutai, based at Naha Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, at RAAF Pearce – Sat 29 March 2014. Photo © David Eyre
5060 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9057) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 5 Kokutai, based at Naha Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, at RAAF Pearce – Sat 29 March 2014.
After takeoff from runway 36R at Pearce at 13:01 as ‘RESCUE 932’, to search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO), which disappeared on 8 March 2014.
Photo © David Eyre
5060 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9057) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 5 Kokutai, based at Naha Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, at RAAF Pearce – Sat 29 March 2014. Photo © David Eyre
5060 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9057) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 5 Kokutai, based at Naha Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, at RAAF Pearce – Sat 29 March 2014.
After takeoff from runway 36R at Pearce at 13:01 as ‘RESCUE 932’, to search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO), which disappeared on 8 March 2014.
Photo © David Eyre
5060 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9057) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 5 Kokutai, based at Naha Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, at RAAF Pearce – Sat 29 March 2014. Photo © David Eyre
5060 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9057) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 5 Kokutai, based at Naha Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, at RAAF Pearce – Sat 29 March 2014.
After takeoff from runway 36R at Pearce at 13:01 as ‘RESCUE 932’, to search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO), which disappeared on 8 March 2014.
Photo © David Eyre
5060 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9057) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 5 Kokutai, based at Naha Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, at RAAF Pearce – Sat 29 March 2014. Photo © David Eyre
5060 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9057) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 5 Kokutai, based at Naha Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, at RAAF Pearce – Sat 29 March 2014.
After takeoff from runway 36R at Pearce at 13:01 as ‘RESCUE 932’, to search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO), which disappeared on 8 March 2014.
Photo © David Eyre
5060 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9057) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 5 Kokutai, based at Naha Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, at RAAF Pearce – Sat 29 March 2014. Photo © David Eyre
5060 Lockheed (Kawasaki) P-3C-II½ Orion (MSN 9057) of the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, 5 Kokutai, based at Naha Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, at RAAF Pearce – Sat 29 March 2014.
After takeoff from runway 36R at Pearce at 13:01 as ‘RESCUE 932’, to search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO), which disappeared on 8 March 2014.
Photo © David Eyre
168429 / LF-429 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40809/3792) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, and A39-003 Airbus KC-30A (A330-200MRTT) (MSN 969) of RAAF, 33 Sqn, based at Amberley, QLD, at Perth Airport – Fri 28 March 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
168429 / LF-429 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40809/3792) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’, and A39-003 Airbus KC-30A (A330-200MRTT) (MSN 969) of RAAF, 33 Sqn, based at Amberley, QLD, at Perth Airport – Fri 28 March 2014.
A39-003 callsign ‘DRAGON 14’ landing on runway 03 at 13:52, arriving from Amberley via Canberra and Adelaide on a training flight. It departed the next day to Adelaide and Sydney.
In the foreground on the taxiway is 168429/LF-429, callsign ‘RESCUE 74’, taxying out for another search flight to look for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (Boeing 777-2H6ER, registration 9M-MRO), which disappeared on 8 March 2014.
Photo © Keith Anderson
A32-439 Beech B300 King Air 350 (MSN FL-439 of RAAF, 38 Squadron, based at Townsville, QLD, ‘38 Sqn: 70 years’ logo on tail, at Perth Airport – Fri 28 March 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A32-439 Beech B300 King Air 350 (MSN FL-439 of RAAF, 38 Squadron, based at Townsville, QLD, ‘38 Sqn: 70 years’ logo on tail, at Perth Airport – Fri 28 March 2014.
‘DINGO 51’, on final approach to runway 24 at 16:35. Also has small ‘Dingo Aviation’ titles on the fuselage under the cockpit windows – DINGO is the callsign used by 38 Squadron. 38 Squadron is the RAAF’s longest continuously serving operational squadron, and they celebrated their 70th anniversary in September 2013. The squadron will soon be receiving ten new Alenia C-27J Spartan transport aircraft which are on order for the RAAF.
Photo © David Eyre
A32-439 Beech B300 King Air 350 (MSN FL-439 of RAAF, 38 Squadron, based at Townsville, QLD, ‘38 Sqn: 70 years’ logo on tail, at Perth Airport – Fri 28 March 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A32-439 Beech B300 King Air 350 (MSN FL-439 of RAAF, 38 Squadron, based at Townsville, QLD, ‘38 Sqn: 70 years’ logo on tail, at Perth Airport – Fri 28 March 2014.
‘DINGO 51’, on final approach to runway 24 at 16:35. Also has small ‘Dingo Aviation’ titles on the fuselage under the cockpit windows – DINGO is the callsign used by 38 Squadron. 38 Squadron is the RAAF’s longest continuously serving operational squadron, and they celebrated their 70th anniversary in September 2013. The squadron will soon be receiving ten new Alenia C-27J Spartan transport aircraft which are on order for the RAAF.
Photo © David Eyre
A32-439 Beech B300 King Air 350 (MSN FL-439 of RAAF, 38 Squadron, based at Townsville, QLD, ‘38 Sqn: 70 years’ logo on tail, at Perth Airport – Fri 28 March 2014. Photo © David Eyre
A32-439 Beech B300 King Air 350 (MSN FL-439 of RAAF, 38 Squadron, based at Townsville, QLD, ‘38 Sqn: 70 years’ logo on tail, at Perth Airport – Fri 28 March 2014.
‘DINGO 51’, on final approach to runway 24 at 16:35. Also has small ‘Dingo Aviation’ titles on the fuselage under the cockpit windows – DINGO is the callsign used by 38 Squadron. 38 Squadron is the RAAF’s longest continuously serving operational squadron, and they celebrated their 70th anniversary in September 2013. The squadron will soon be receiving ten new Alenia C-27J Spartan transport aircraft which are on order for the RAAF.
Photo © David Eyre
168430 / LF-430 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40810/3879) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’ at Perth Airport – Fri 28 March 2014. Photo © David Eyre
168430 / LF-430 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40810/3879) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’ at Perth Airport – Fri 28 March 2014.
Arriving direct from Kadena Air Base, Japan at 17:19 with callsign ‘TALON 101’. It was arriving to join the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (Boeing 777-2H6ER, registration 9M-MRO), which disappeared on 8 March 2014. This was the second P-8 to operate from Perth – they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with full fuel load. On search flights, this aircraft used callsign RESCUE 75 initially, and RESCUE 74 or 75 from 1 April 2014. It later had avionics problems and conducted a test flight on 7 April 2014 flying Perth – Albany – Perth as ‘TALON 78’. It re-entered search operations on 8 April 2014 as ‘RESCUE 75’.
Photo © David Eyre
168430 / LF-430 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40810/3879) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’ at Perth Airport – Fri 28 March 2014. Photo © David Eyre
168430 / LF-430 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40810/3879) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’ at Perth Airport – Fri 28 March 2014.
Arriving direct from Kadena Air Base, Japan at 17:19 with callsign ‘TALON 101’. It was arriving to join the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (Boeing 777-2H6ER, registration 9M-MRO), which disappeared on 8 March 2014. This was the second P-8 to operate from Perth – they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with full fuel load. On search flights, this aircraft used callsign RESCUE 75 initially, and RESCUE 74 or 75 from 1 April 2014. It later had avionics problems and conducted a test flight on 7 April 2014 flying Perth – Albany – Perth as ‘TALON 78’. It re-entered search operations on 8 April 2014 as ‘RESCUE 75’.
Photo © David Eyre
168430 / LF-430 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40810/3879) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’ at Perth Airport – Fri 28 March 2014. Photo © David Eyre
168430 / LF-430 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40810/3879) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’ at Perth Airport – Fri 28 March 2014.
Arriving direct from Kadena Air Base, Japan at 17:19 with callsign ‘TALON 101’. It was arriving to join the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (Boeing 777-2H6ER, registration 9M-MRO), which disappeared on 8 March 2014. This was the second P-8 to operate from Perth – they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with full fuel load. On search flights, this aircraft used callsign RESCUE 75 initially, and RESCUE 74 or 75 from 1 April 2014. It later had avionics problems and conducted a test flight on 7 April 2014 flying Perth – Albany – Perth as ‘TALON 78’. It re-entered search operations on 8 April 2014 as ‘RESCUE 75’.
Photo © David Eyre
168430 / LF-430 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40810/3879) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’ at Perth Airport – Fri 28 March 2014. Photo © David Eyre
168430 / LF-430 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (737-8FV) (MSN 40810/3879) of US Navy squadron VP-16 ‘War Eagles’ at Perth Airport – Fri 28 March 2014.
Arriving direct from Kadena Air Base, Japan at 17:19 with callsign ‘TALON 101’. It was arriving to join the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (Boeing 777-2H6ER, registration 9M-MRO), which disappeared on 8 March 2014. This was the second P-8 to operate from Perth – they could not operate from RAAF Pearce with full fuel load. On search flights, this aircraft used callsign RESCUE 75 initially, and RESCUE 74 or 75 from 1 April 2014. It later had avionics problems and conducted a test flight on 7 April 2014 flying Perth – Albany – Perth as ‘TALON 78’. It re-entered search operations on 8 April 2014 as ‘RESCUE 75’.
Photo © David Eyre
A9-659 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5784) of RAAF, 11 Squadron, based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, SA, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 27 March 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
A9-659 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5784) of RAAF, 11 Squadron, based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, SA, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 27 March 2014.
‘RESCUE 102’, returning from a search flight at 16:07, looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO), which disappeared on 8 March 2014.
Photo © Keith Anderson
A9-659 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5784) of RAAF, 11 Squadron, based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, SA, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 27 March 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
A9-659 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5784) of RAAF, 11 Squadron, based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, SA, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 27 March 2014.
‘RESCUE 102’, returning from a search flight at 16:07, looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO), which disappeared on 8 March 2014.
Photo © Keith Anderson
A9-659 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5784) of RAAF, 11 Squadron, based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, SA, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 27 March 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
A9-659 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5784) of RAAF, 11 Squadron, based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, SA, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 27 March 2014.
‘RESCUE 102’, returning from a search flight at 16:07, looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO), which disappeared on 8 March 2014.
Photo © Keith Anderson
A9-753 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5660) of RAAF, 11 Squadron, based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, SA, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 27 March 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
A9-753 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5660) of RAAF, 11 Squadron, based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, SA, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 27 March 2014.
‘RESCUE 105’, returning from a search flight at 16:34, looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO), which disappeared on 8 March 2014.
Photo © Keith Anderson
A9-753 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5660) of RAAF, 11 Squadron, based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, SA, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 27 March 2014. ‘RESCUE 105’, returning from a search flight at 16:34, looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO), which disappeared on 8 March 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
A9-753 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5660) of RAAF, 11 Squadron, based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, SA, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 27 March 2014.
‘RESCUE 105’, returning from a search flight at 16:34, looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO), which disappeared on 8 March 2014.
Photo © Keith Anderson
A9-753 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5660) of RAAF, 11 Squadron, based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, SA, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 27 March 2014. ‘RESCUE 105’, returning from a search flight at 16:34, looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO), which disappeared on 8 March 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
A9-753 Lockheed AP-3C Orion (MSN 285D-5660) of RAAF, 11 Squadron, based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, SA, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 27 March 2014.
‘RESCUE 105’, returning from a search flight at 16:34, looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRO), which disappeared on 8 March 2014.
Photo © Keith Anderson
JA500A / LAJ500 Gulfstream Aerospace U-4 (G-V) “Umi Washi” (Sea Eagle) (MSN 683) of the Japan Coast Guard, 3rd Region, based at Tokyo-Haneda Airport, Japan, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 27 March 2014. Photo © Keith Anderson
JA500A / LAJ500 Gulfstream Aerospace U-4 (G-V) “Umi Washi” (Sea Eagle) (MSN 683) of the Japan Coast Guard, 3rd Region, based at Tokyo-Haneda Airport, Japan, at RAAF Pearce – Thu 27 March 2014.
‘RESCUE 933’, returning from a search flight at 16:18, looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (Boe