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Royal New Zealand Air Force November 2019

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Royal New Zealand Air Force November 2019

Post by spbullimore » Thu Dec 12, 2019 8:42 pm

Here is a small selection of current RNZAF (or RNZDF) hardware from a very pleasant November in the southern hemisphere.

Dropped by at Whenuapai on 30th October to try and bag an SH-2. No luck there but an NH90 arrived. Photography on the ground at Whenuapai is pretty much impossible due to a double fence but managed to stretch above it for this one.

ImageNH90TTH NZ3307 3Sqn by Simon Bullimore, on Flickr

Next was the main RNZAF base at Ohakea. A quick-ish late afternoon stop on 6th November to get my bearings resulted in the same NH90 from Whenuapai arriving:

ImageNH90TTH NZ3307 3Sqn by Simon Bullimore, on Flickr

Then a large twin on finals for runway 27 turned out to be a RAAF KC-30A for an overshoot & depart:

ImageKC-30A A39-001 33Sqn RAAF final rwy 27 Ohakea by Simon Bullimore, on Flickr

ImageKC-30A A39-001 33Sqn RAAF by Simon Bullimore, on Flickr

My plan was to spend all of the next day 7th November at the fence which I feared might be a tad boring. No such problem, was buzzing all day.

ImageT-6C NZ1411 14Sqn takeoff by Simon Bullimore, on Flickr

ImageT-6C NZ1410 14Sqn by Simon Bullimore, on Flickr

ImageT-6C NZ1408 14Sqn roll by Simon Bullimore, on Flickr

ImageT-6C NZ1407 14Sqn by Simon Bullimore, on Flickr

ImageT-6C NZ1405, NZ1408, NZ1410 14Sqn Black Falcons takeoff by Simon Bullimore, on Flickr

ImageT-6C NZ1405 14Sqn 'Texan 05' taxi by Simon Bullimore, on Flickr

ImageT-6C NZ1404 14Sqn takeoff by Simon Bullimore, on Flickr

ImageNH90TTH NZ3306 3 Sqn by Simon Bullimore, on Flickr

ImageNH90TTH NZ3303 3Sqn by Simon Bullimore, on Flickr

ImageNH90TTH NZ3301 3Sqn by Simon Bullimore, on Flickr

ImageBeech 350i NZ2353 42Sqn by Simon Bullimore, on Flickr

ImageKing Air NZ2353 holding for Texan 05 final runway 27 by Simon Bullimore, on Flickr

ImageBeech 350i NZ2350 42Sqn 'Kingair 50' by Simon Bullimore, on Flickr

ImageA109LUH NZ3404 3Sqn by Simon Bullimore, on Flickr

ImageA109LUH NZ3401 3Sqn by Simon Bullimore, on Flickr

Didn't think that a week in Akaroa on the Banks Peninsular would bring any military action but how wrong. What did we see when drawing the curtains in the morning but HMNZS Wellington moored in the bay. Better still was while eating our breakfast an SH-2 was towed onto deck. Identification was something of a challenge & it didn't fly. From the wonders of digital photography I'm quite sure it is NZ3619.

ImageHMNZS Wellington & SH-2G(I) NZ3619 6Sqn by Simon Bullimore, on Flickr

Finally another surprise at Christchurch Airport on 22nd November, 3 NH90s very close to the fence including one new one for me.

ImageNH90TTH NZ3308 3Sqn by Simon Bullimore, on Flickr

ImageNH90TTH NZ3307 3Sqn by Simon Bullimore, on Flickr

ImageNH90TTH NZ3306 3Sqn by Simon Bullimore, on Flickr

Hope these are of interest. Plenty more on my Flickr pages.

All the best

Simon

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Re: Royal New Zealand Air Force November 2019

Post by david14 » Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:02 pm

Good places to visit Simon, Ohakea is a nice place to visit - would have liked to have been there when they were flying A-4s though! Thanks for posting

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Re: Royal New Zealand Air Force November 2019

Post by Nighthawke » Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:03 pm

Nice to see some NZ stuff on here for a change. Great set - thanks for posting.

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Re: Royal New Zealand Air Force November 2019

Post by paddyboy » Fri Dec 13, 2019 5:07 am

Great to see some shots from down under, Simon :thumbs:

That is one impressive-looking helo there :O

Thanks for posting :thumb:

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Re: Royal New Zealand Air Force November 2019

Post by Sparts99 » Fri Dec 13, 2019 9:29 am

Nice to see shots for somewhere new.
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Re: Royal New Zealand Air Force November 2019

Post by lardyboy999 » Fri Dec 13, 2019 7:18 pm

Very nice indeed!

I do like those NH90's...

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Re: Royal New Zealand Air Force November 2019

Post by fisherman » Fri Dec 13, 2019 8:44 pm

Nice indeed Simon, I really like the T-6C's and NH-90s...

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Re: Royal New Zealand Air Force November 2019

Post by hawgwash » Sat Dec 14, 2019 7:00 am

Wow, what a great set. Thanks.

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Re: Royal New Zealand Air Force November 2019

Post by LTFT5 » Sat Dec 14, 2019 9:09 am

Great to see these, love the T-6Cs shots.
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Re: Royal New Zealand Air Force November 2019

Post by BOLLO » Sat Dec 14, 2019 11:26 am

Some cracking shots ya got there chap.Thanks for posting . :thumb:
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Re: Royal New Zealand Air Force November 2019

Post by SW Sky Blue » Mon Dec 16, 2019 12:02 am

Great stuff :thumb:

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Re: Royal New Zealand Air Force November 2019

Post by spbullimore » Mon Dec 16, 2019 4:50 pm

Thanks for all of the comments.

I have dug out & scanned some old prints from Ohakea in 2002 & posted them in the nostalgia section. Different types back then, few A-4s, MB339CBs, UH-1Hs, CT4Es, Beech 200s & training on Sioux.

All the best

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Re: Royal New Zealand Air Force November 2019

Post by Blackcat1 » Mon Dec 16, 2019 6:41 pm

Lovely set of photos.
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Re: Royal New Zealand Air Force November 2019

Post by Jason407 » Tue Dec 17, 2019 6:53 pm

Awesome shots mate, I live in Auckland and never get to see much, I did get a shot of the US Army MH 60's that were here a while ago and we sometimes get the NH 90's come over the house, but that's about all. I've tried to get some shots at Ohakea, but they moved me along, so you were lucky.

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Re: Royal New Zealand Air Force November 2019

Post by spbullimore » Wed Dec 18, 2019 3:54 pm

Thanks for that Jason407
I spent all day at the end of Frecklington Road at Ohakea & had no trouble at all. I had tried to arrange a base visit but that was denied. The base adjutant did state that I was very welcome to take photographs from outside the fence however. Lucky I didn't have to use it on any over zealous security!

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