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RAAF Growler damaged by fire on take-off

28 January 2018

A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing EA-18G Growler electronic attack (EA) aircraft caught fire and suffered serious damage during an aborted take-off from Nellis Air Force Base (AFB) in the United States on 27 January.

The twin-seat Super Hornet-derivative aircraft suffered an undisclosed malfunction while departing to participate in the Red Flag 18-1 exercise taking place out of the airbase in Nevada. Images posted online showed the damage, although the precise extent of it is unclear.

According to Nellis AFB Public Affairs Office, both crew members evacuated the aircraft without injury. The Growler from 6 Squadron was one of four that had deployed to Nellis AFB from their homebase of RAAF Amberley, Queensland, along with an RAAF Boeing E-7A Wedgetail airborne warning and control aircraft (AEW&C).

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