First Transall on its way to Australia

After the first leg of its ferry flight to Australia, C-160 Transall VH-RPR (c/n D120) landed at Malta-Luqa on 25 August 2023. The transport is former Luftwaffe (German Air Force, GAF) 50+83 and one of three Transalls destined for ‘Down Under’.

On 14 December 2022 Scramble reported on the acquisition of the trio by the Wieland Aviation Group PTY Ltd. For as far as Scramble knows the Transalls will be converted into firefighters.

After their retirement at Hohn, the three were flown to Kiel in northern Germany to prepare them for the journey across the globe. The other two, registered as VH-RFW (c/n D125, former GAF 50+88), and VH-TIT (c/n D77, former GAF 50+55) are still located in Kiel. On 7 July VH-TIT made a short local flight and returned to Kiel.

The ferry route to its final destination is depicted here:

Photo by John Visanich via

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