TAREE residents will experience the sight and sounds of a jet roaring across the Manning Valley this Anzac Day.
At around 10.20am the Royal Australia Air Force’s (RAAF) E-7A Wedgetail will rip through the sky.
The E-7A is based on a Boeing 737-700, with the addition of an advanced Multi-Role Electronically Scanned Array (MESA) radar and 10 mission crew controls, to create one of the most advanced pieces of technology for the Australian Defence Force.
Based at the Royal Australian Air Force base in Williamson, the six E-7A Wedgetails are capable of communicating with other aircraft and providing air control from the sky.
They can cover four million square kilometres during a single 10 hour mission.
The E-7A Wedgetail has participated in Exercise Bersama Lima, Exercise Cope North, Exercise Red Flag, Exercise Pitch Black and is currently deployed on Operation Okra.
In January 2015, the Australian E-7A performed the longest Australian command and control mission in a war zone during a 16-hour, 18-minute combat mission over Iraq; the aircraft required two air-to-air refuels to stay aloft. Australian Wedgetail crews routinely perform 13-hour missions.