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The Royal New Zealand Air Force will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary with a number of events next year, but including an air show at Ohakea on March 31st, to include "overseas participation". That will mean the RAAF and USAF of course, and wouldn't it be nice if they were joined by the RAF with a couple of Typhoons perhaps.....or is that a dream too far?
I suspect that, as individuals, RAF personnel would be delighted to support our antipodean colleagues. I'd be there like a rat up a drainpipe! However, I'm not sure that our lords and masters really care what happened 75 years ago. Or, if they did care, they don't have the funds to support what is, IMHO, a good cause.
Shame, though. I'm sure it will be a great series of events.
Given the RNZAF/RAF connection over those 75 years, it would be a sad day indeed, if the latter is unrepresented...if not by something fast and noisy, then ...anything. They'll have a ball and a great reception I'm certain.
Me thinks it would be too hard to bring out Typhoons or Tornados to NZ, especially considering the lack of tanking assets. Obviously the transport fleet is too busy. I imagine the only type that could make it on its own steam and that may well be not that busy (assuming Libya is quiet by then) is the E-3 force.
Thanks for the heads up Samuel. I am sure that the Royal Air Force will want to join in the celebrations and say Happy Birthday as well as Thank You for much help and assistance in years past. What that presence will involve remains to be seen, but it should be as substantial as possible because anything less would be an unforgivable slight to a stalwart and faithful sister Air Force.
Gosh, just to think I was a Junior Officer (1 Sqn 1 Flt Supp Offr) on parade at the 50th Anniversary of the RNZAF in front of HRH Prince of Wales at RNZAF Wigram in 1987. A hell of a hangar party afterwards...
The RNZAF is held in high regard at the most senior levels of the RAF and I am sure that there is not shortage of goodwill. It's just the affordability and practicality of sending a significat det all that way in today's climes. Perhaps sponsorhsip from the likes of BAe is needed....
...while I was a very junior P/o at the very last Battle of Britain parade held in Wellington in 1968!
For those that don't know, the contribution of Kiwis to the RAF has always been out of proportion to the size of the country, and many of them made their own way to the UK to join up before the war actually started. Many of them stayed on after the war and achieved some pretty senior ranks. Canterbury farmer's son Lord Elworthy , ACM Elworthy, former CAS and CDS RAF; Sir Keith Park; 'Mary" Coningham, Alan Deere, Jamieson, and some 1800 who died in Bomber Command alone. They also contributed to the RAF tally of VCs! So keep on reminding them Whenur! This may well be the last chance the RAF will have!
Recently watched a documentary about the Mosquito raid on the prison at Amiens - 487 Sqn RNZAF lead the raid. In an interview one of the pilots remarked that he descended to 'about 10 or 12 ft above the ground' during the run-in to the target, but 'I was a bit uncomfortable about going any lower' ...
Recently watched a documentary about the Mosquito raid on the prison at Amiens - 487 Sqn RNZAF lead the raid. In an interview one of the pilots remarked that he descended to 'about 10 or 12 ft above the ground' during the run-in to the target, but 'I was a bit uncomfortable about going any lower'
...and he was doing that from chinagraph marks on the windscreen! High-tech indeed!