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Farewell to the RNZAF P3K2

Old 24th Jan 2023, 07:55
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Farewell to the RNZAF P3K2

An era passes
https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/131...r-force-orions
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Old 24th Jan 2023, 13:25
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55 or so years of service. A good run. Imagine we will see P-3's with other forces for some years to come. Some of the airframes have been extensively refurbished, some not so much, but by operators that tend to run MPA for years after primary operators that have since moved on.
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Old 24th Jan 2023, 15:56
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And Canada with a huge 3 Ocean coastline doesn’t even have a plan to replace the RCAF P3’s
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Old 24th Jan 2023, 16:40
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And how long did Canada run the Argus?

They had to beg refineries to do special batches of 115/145.
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Nice flyover of Defence House and The Beehive yesterday and some images release by the RNZAF on twitter.




and some moving pictures


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Old 24th Jan 2023, 23:40
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Flew once with 5 Squadron on a sunny morning a lifetime ago.
Vivid memories of standing on the flight-deck and holding onto the frame of the co-pilot's seat, looking over his shoulder as we pulled hard Gs in turns low over the Waitemata - much more so than I ever would have thought possible in a P-3; what an aircraft.
And how they slammed the aircraft down on that bumpy Whenuapai runway - then full beta pitch to stop (?).
It was a hell of a ride.
Farewell P-3K.
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What will happen to them?
Will they be scrapped or do they have some life left in them & can they be sold on?
Buffalo Joe might want some if the tail can be put back to standard & the price is right!
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Old 25th Jan 2023, 03:22
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Grrr

Hey! Just like Trudeau bought Australiaís old F-18ís to keep ours flying, we can now buy New Zealandís P3ís to get another 20 years out of ours. The manís a genius.
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Old 25th Jan 2023, 04:17
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Originally Posted by Commander Taco View Post
Hey! Just like Trudeau bought Australiaís old F-18ís to keep ours flying, we can now buy New Zealandís P3ís to get another 20 years out of ours. The manís a genius.
You have only had the Auroras for 40 years so that sounds about right
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When they were new -

Here's a nice bright shiny NZ P-3


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Old 25th Jan 2023, 17:01
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Caveat I'm not totally sure of the base airframe, there's a bunch that seem to have been converted to firefighting air tankers here in Canada.
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According to Radio NZ (a usually factually accurate organisation) this morning, the P-3K2s are going out of service five months earlier than scheduled because the RNZAF has run out of aircrew.

Apparently enough flight deck and/or Tacrail crew have quit that it's no longer viable to maintain the P-3K2s in an operational state, and because they were going out of service (in Q3?) soon, it's not worth training replacements.
Somewhat astonishing
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Originally Posted by kiwi grey View Post
According to Radio NZ (a usually factually accurate organisation) this morning, the P-3K2s are going out of service five months earlier than scheduled because the RNZAF has run out of aircrew.

Apparently enough flight deck and/or Tacrail crew have quit that it's no longer viable to maintain the P-3K2s in an operational state, and because they were going out of service (in Q3?) soon, it's not worth training replacements.
Somewhat astonishing
This puts the post above into context.

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Old 26th Jan 2023, 18:59
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Caveat I'm not totally sure of the base airframe, there's a bunch that seem to have been converted to firefighting air tankers here in Canada.
I've only seen converted Electras.
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Old 27th Jan 2023, 15:55
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And Canada with a huge 3 Ocean coastline doesnít even have a plan to replace the RCAF P3ís
Last I looked they were looking for replacing the Aurora with the Boeing P-8 being offered?

https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news...craft-project/



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OK Boomer!

Kiwi humour:



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Could they fit one in MOTAT?
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Think one is going to the Airforce Museum
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