Erickson Aero Tanker MD-87 N293EA c/n 53209 coded '103' arrived into RAAF Base Pearce (YPEA) at 11.03hrs landing RWY18L after a flight time of 3hrs.57mins ex: RAAF Darwin (YPDN) as flight 'SXI1227. Hexcode: A30104 (1st visit to Western Australia)
The Aero Tanker departed ex: Portland Hillsboro Intl Airport on Friday 17th January on a four day, nine stop delivery flight to RAAF Base Pearce routing via stops en-route:
Ketchikan Airport (PADK) Alaska USA, Cold Bay Airport (PACD) Alaska USA, Adak Island Airport (PADK) Alaska USA, Petropavlovsk Intl Airport (VHPP) Russia, Narita Airport (RJAA) Japan, Guam Intl Airport (PGUM) USA, Port Moresby Intl Airport(AYPY) Papua New Guinea, RAAF Darwin (YPDN) Northern Territory.
Today's aircraft (MD87) arrival into RAAF Pearce (YPEA) is the fourth Large Air Tanker (LAT) to be operated in Western Australia.
Previous LAT aircraft to have operated in Western Australia:
Coulson Aviation Aero Tankers Lockheed EC-130Q Hercules N130FF c/n 4901 coded '131' & Conair Avro RJ-85 N355AC c/n E2293 coded '162'
Coulson Aviation Aero Tankers B737-3H4 N138CG c/n 27928 coded '138'