Tuesday, March 21, 2017

High times

Last Sunday I went on a quick trip with Andrew M [another Club pilot], out of Wellington to the south-eastern coast of the North Island then to Masterton. Part of this trip was seeing if we could get a Cessna 172N with two guys and full fuel tanks up to 13,000', which we did. Look at the straight and level bits and you'll see that the ball is even in the middle!

Here's a video of the flight, starting in Wellington and ending in Masterton. I almost got the video insert of the basic six instruments synced with the rest of the action. Almost being the important word :-)


Anyway, Andrew took over the flying in Masterton and flew us back to Wellington... not sure if I'll put up a video on that. I'll have a look at the scenery before deciding.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Fokker F50

Yesterday's photo from Wellington airport is this Fokker F27 Mk 50, VH-FKO. This aircraft is operated by Alliance Airlines [of Australia] and is on one of their regular tours of New Zealand.

Fokker F27 Mk 50, VH-FKO, operated by Alliance Airlines

Friday, March 17, 2017

Republic of Singapore Boeing F15SG Eagles and RAAF McDonnell Douglas F18 Hornets

It has been a couple of weeks, but here is my final post from the RNZAF's 80th Anniversary Tattoo.

First up is a picture of these fast jets, taken from the stairs on the JASDF Boeing KC767.


Next up are the two Boeing F15SG Eagles. These aircraft were on static display for the Saturday.

Boeing F15SG, operated by the RSAF

Boeing F15SG, operated by the RSAF
Next up are three pictures of RAAF-operated McDonnell Douglas F18 Hornets. One of these aircraft provided an air display... awesome!

McDonnell Douglas F18 Hornet, operated by the RAAF

McDonnell Douglas F18 Hornet, operated by the RAAF

McDonnell Douglas F18 Hornet, operated by the RAAF

Saturday, March 04, 2017

CASA CN235

Another foreign visitor was this CASA CN-235M-200, of the Armee de L-Air [France] and based at New Caledonia.

Like the other transport aircraft, this put on a really good display. It's always good to see these medium and large aircraft being thrown around the sky!

CASA CN-235M-200, operated by the Armee de L-Air

CASA CN-235M-200, operated by the Armee de L-Air

CASA CN-235M-200, operated by the Armee de L-Air

Lockheed P3K2 Orion

This RNZAF-operated Lockheed P3K2 Orion, NZ4202 put on a display as part of the Thunder Formation and also a solo display, highlighting maritime search and rescue capabilities.

Lockheed P3K2 Orion, NZ4202, operated by the RNZAF

Lockheed P3K2 Orion, NZ4202, operated by the RNZAF

Lockheed P3K2 Orion, NZ4202, operated by the RNZAF

Lockheed P3K2 Orion, NZ4202, operated by the RNZAF

Friday, March 03, 2017

Beechcraft T6-C Texan II

This airshow was the first opportunity I had to look at the RNZAF's latest [?] aircraft acquisition, the Beechcraft T6-C Texan II. The T6-C is an aircraft designed for the ab-initio military flight training role.

In the RNZAF, after completion of initial flight training in the T6-C, pilots will head to the Beechcraft B200 Super King Air or the Augusta A109E LUH for further training.

Anyway, despite my interest, I didn't get a lot of good pictures of these aircraft to share...!

Beechcraft T6-C Texan II, NZ1408, operated by the RNZAF

Beechcraft T6-C Texan II, NZ1408 & NZ1411, operated by the RNZAF

Beechcraft T6-C Texan II, NZ1408 & NZ1411, operated by the RNZAF

Beechcraft T6-C Texan II, NZ1408 & NZ1411, B200 Super King Air, NZ7124?, operated by the RNZAF

Thursday, March 02, 2017

USAF Lockheed F16CM!

The USAF sent several aircraft to Ohakea for the air tattoo, including a C17A, a KC135 and two Lockheed F16CM Fighting Falcons! On Saturday, an F16 registered 91-0422 took off and put on an awesome display! High speed, high G and high noise - just what everyone wanted!

Here are a few photos from the display. Enjoy!

Lockheed F16CM Fighting Falcon, 91-0422, operated by the USAF

Lockheed F16CM Fighting Falcon, 91-0422, operated by the USAF

Lockheed F16CM Fighting Falcon, 91-0422, operated by the USAF

Lockheed F16CM Fighting Falcon, 91-0422, operated by the USAF

Lockheed F16CM Fighting Falcon, 91-0422, operated by the USAF

Lockheed F16CM Fighting Falcon, 91-0422, operated by the USAF

Lockheed F16CM Fighting Falcon, 91-0422, operated by the USAF

Ex-military aircraft on display

The airshow included a small number of ex-military aircraft both in static displays and in the air. This post covers many of them. I'm not putting much info about them in the post... just a bit rushed. Enjoy anyway!

North American Harvard


Douglas DC3


Grumman Avenger!
 



The Devon


Spitfire!




Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Kiwi Blue parachute team

Soon after the opening displays, two of the Kiwi Blue parachute team jumped out of a C130 Hercules at about 9000' and made their way to the ground. Kiwi Blue would normally have several more participants... apparently they were busy that day. Anyway, here are a few photos of the final part of their descent.

RNZAF Kiwi Blue parachute team

RNZAF Kiwi Blue parachute team

RNZAF Kiwi Blue parachute team

RNZAF Kiwi Blue parachute team

Boeing KC135!

Another first of type for me at the tattoo was this USAF-operated Boeing KC135 air-to-air refueler. This aircraft is based on the Boeing 367-80 prototype [which is the same prototype that the Boeing 707 airliner was based on] which makes it rather ancient in the world of military aircraft. It's registration of 62-3561 shows it was taken on strength in 1962!

Unfortunately it wasn't open to walk through, but never mind. Here are a few photos from the outside.

Boeing KC135, 62-3561, operated by the USAF

Boeing KC135, 62-3561, operated by the USAF

Boeing KC135, 62-3561, operated by the USAF

Boeing KC135, 62-3561, operated by the USAF

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

RAAF and USAF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III displays

The two largest aircraft at the tattoo must have been the two Boeing C-17A Globemaster III's from the RAAF and the USAF.

The first photo is of the RAAF aircraft, registration A41-212, which was on static display and open to the public. It's a huge space inside! You'll notice the lack of people around it when I took the photo - that's an advantage of turning up early - small queues and less people to get in the way of the photos :-)

Boeing C-17A Globemaster III, A41-212, operated by the RAAF
The USAF also sent a C-17A along and it was this aircraft which performed a couple of display routines during the day. It's an awesome sight to see an aircraft this size being thrown around like it was. What surprised me the most however was that is was fairly quite. Modern engines help a lot!

Here are a few photos from the displays. Display aircraft was 05-5146.

Boeing C-17A Globemaster III, 05-5146, operated by the USAF

Boeing C-17A Globemaster III, 05-5146, operated by the USAF

Boeing C-17A Globemaster III, 05-5146, operated by the USAF

Boeing C-17A Globemaster III, 05-5146, operated by the USAF

Boeing C-17A Globemaster III, 05-5146, operated by the USAF

Boeing C-17A Globemaster III, 05-5146, operated by the USAF

C130 Hercs

It wouldn't be an airshow without some C130's being present. The RNZAF had several of their fleet on display [both static and flying], along with the Canadians sending a Royal Canadian Air Force-operated Lockheed-Martin CC-130J-30, registration 130601 and the Singaporean's sending a Lockheed C130H of the Republic of Singapore Air Force.

Anyway, here are the pictures.

Lockheed-Martin CC-130J-30, 130601, operated by the Royal Canadian Air Force

Lockheed C130H, operated by the Republic of Singapore Air Force

Lockheed C130H, NZ7002, operated by the RNZAF

Lockheed C130H, NZ7003, operated by the RNZAF

Lockheed C130H, NZ7003, operated by the RNZAF

Lockheed C130H, NZ7003, operated by the RNZAF

Lockheed C130H, NZ7003, operated by the RNZAF