RAAF jet to make evasive maneuvers over Hood Canal

by Tim Flanagan on September 26, 2009

Aubrey Cohen has the story in the Seattle P-I:

Wedgetail AEW&C
[Wedgetail AEW&C (Boeing)]

Don’t be surprised to see a big Royal Australian Air Force plane shooting off flares over Hood Canal between Sept. 28 and Oct. 15.

It actually will be Boeing flight testing a self-protection system aboard an Australian Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft, resuscitation according to a news release. Boeing has scheduled seven of these flights over Hood Canal, which is a recognized military operations area.

The testing, in the morning and afternoon, involves releasing flares from the modified 737-700, Boeing said. "The flares burn out within five seconds but anyone observing the plane could see white light and some smoke, a normal part of the activity."

A T-33 jet will trail the plane to video tape the tests for later analysis.

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