List of RAAF aircraft involved in the Kabul evacuation

Last updated – 24 August 2021

Two Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster III aircraft arrived at Australia’s main operating base in the Middle East region on Wednesday, 18 August 2021. (Defence)

The Australian Defence Force, along with other western nations have been operating an ongoing evacuation air mission from Kabul, Afghanistan. The urgency of this mission has been driven by the fast capture of Afghanistan by the Taliban.

The ADF has committed several forces to the evacuation including:

  • 33 Squadron RAAF – KC-30A MRTT (1 aircraft)
  • 36 Squadron RAAF – C-17 Globemasters (2 aircraft)
  • 37 Squadron RAAF – C-130J Hercules (2 aircraft)
  • 1 Battalion RAR

The RAAF has also used its contracted charter provider Hi-Fly to operate between the Middle East and Australia.

Many other nations have been involved in the airlift including:

  • United States of America
  • United Kingdom
  • Spain
  • France
  • Denmark
  • Germany
  • Qatar
  • New Zealand

RAAF & Charter Aircraft used in the Afghanistan evacuation

SerialAircraftCallsign
A39-001 9Airbus KC-30A MRTTAussie 556
A41-207 1Boeing C-17 Globemaster IIIAussie 558
A41-208 5Boeing C-17 Globemaster IIIBONDI 60 / Aussie 542
A97-442 8Lockheed-Martin C-130J HerculesMAMBO 60 (also wears RAAF 100th titles)
A97-467 7Lockheed-Martin C-130J HerculesMAMBO 30 6
CS-TQY 2 3Hi Fly Airbus A340-313
9H-TQZ 4Hi Fly Airbus A340-313
Table listing all RAAF and charter aircraft used in the Afghan Airlift

Sources

ReferenceSource / URL
1https://images.defence.gov.au/assets/Home/Search?Query=20210822adf8298528_1048_1.jpg&Type=Filename
2https://images.defence.gov.au/assets/Home/Search?Query=20210822adf8609651_0039.jpg&Type=Filename
3https://hifly.aero/fleet/a340/cs-tqy/
4https://www.contactairlandandsea.com/2021/08/20/first-kabul-evacuees-arrive-in-perth/
5https://images.defence.gov.au/assets/Home/Search?Query=20210820adf8298528_0524.jpg&Type=Filename
6https://twitter.com/the_swingwing/status/1427977041777807374
7https://images.defence.gov.au/assets/Home/Search?Query=20210818adf8534093_0025.jpg&Type=Filename
8Flight Radar 24 data
9Aussie ADS-B report

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