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It takes more than a bucket and sponge to wash this plane

The KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport takes a bit longer to wash than your average car.

It takes a minimum of six technicians eight hours to wash the Air Force’s largest plane.

They are washed once every 93 days to reduce potential for corrosion and limit paint wear and tear.

The crew from No. 33 Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley made a time lapse video of one of their seven KC-30A’s taking a tub.

About the KC-30A

 Each KC-30A is a heavily modified variant of the Airbus A330-200 commercial airliner, and at 59 metres long and with a 60.3-metre wingspan, it is the largest aircraft in the Air Force.

 Unique systems on the KC-30A – from external-mounted cameras to hose-and-drogue refuelling pods mounted beneath the wings, and an 11-metre telescopic boom mounted beneath the tail – all require careful maintenance to ensure it can refuel other aircraft.

 Like all aircraft, the KC-30A requires both contingency maintenance on unserviceable components, and preventative maintenance to inspect areas and change out parts due for servicing.

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