But it also has rough field capability which I think the C17 doesn't have so that would be of interest to the ADF and we would have a niche kit.
The C-17 Does have a very good rough field capability, it is well known for it's rough field work as well as the ability to do a pallet air drop, they are also well known for being about US$200 million per plane.
I love the C-17 and C-130J combination, I think it would work well.
However, I do also think the A400 (Even though it is a scare bus) and a C295 or C-27 combo would be better suited to NZ's requirements.
Post by Dave Homewood on May 24, 2013 23:58:23 GMT 12
Yep I knew a young fella who got drunk at Hobby, borrowed his mate's car and got halfway home to Whenuapai before he hit a pole and totalled the car. A traffic cop showed up and went berserk at him because he was drunk - the cop had just finished scraping remains of the previous accident victim off the motorway. When the cop asked for ID, Tony pulled out his RNZAF ID. The cop instantly changed his tune, and went into 'preserve this guy's career' mode. In the end all he ended up with was a bill for the powerpole that he broke. No DIC, or anything like that. He had to pay for the car too I think but he retained his career. he later remustered to Helicopter Crewman and no doubt did a lot of good for NZ.
Strategic Airliner ?.. Good luck landing it on some of smaller atolls the NZDF visits in the Pacific. Guess they would have to put floatations devices on the pallets.
The A400M has short landing capability but you are right about some Pacific Island airfields. That's why they might have the C295 or C27J twin engined aircraft. Anmyway can do a low pallet drop out of a A400 - use chute to extract pallet. been done heaps of time on Hercs.
As Sea Shepherd practices piracy then the Navy can blow them out of the water.
I find it so ironic after Pete Buffoon was released from the Japanese prison where he was held for his piracy actions, he then set up an anti-pirate private company. They must have great brainwashing techniques in that prison.
Nah send a Orion down its less offensive compared to a Naval ship plus it can take photos and write up a infringement notice to sea Shepherd.
Back to the Horn of Africa if there has not been any recent Hijackings that means the Maritime Task Force is doing there job . Its good news NZ is pulling its weight and protecting the sea lanes which is Critical for NZ's trade.
There is a road called State Highway One in the way.
Which should have been bridged decades ago for safety reasons alone. This current extension talk is all profit motivated, but the drop-off to that road with it's four lanes, trolley bus wires, gas mains and god knows what else has been a concern for a long time.
If the original plan had been stuck to in the 1950s, those trolley bus wires wouldn't have been there.
When construction of Wellington Airport began, the tram routes to Miramar, Strathmore Park and Seatoun used to go straight down Coutts Street to Broadway. The trams were temporarily (permanently as it eventually turned out) terminated at Kilburnie while the airport was built. The intention was to put in a cut-and-cover tunnel for trams beneath the airport, then reinstate the trams to the Miramar Peninsula area. However, at some point during the construction of the airport, Wellington City Council decided to permanently close the tram route to the Miramar Peninsula and put in trolley bus wires along the road to the north of the airport instead. A tunnel was built beneath the airport from the end of the cut-back Coutts Street, but it was for pedestrians and cyclists only.
If the original plan had been stuck to, then it is highly probably that the intended tram tunnel would have eventually become a bus tunnel, as occurred with the Hataitai tram tunnel when that tram route was closed in 1963.
If you aren't living life on the edge, you're taking up too much space!