Oh, in recent years, I've spent a day riding Sydney Trains for a day and there have always been C17's at Richmond in recent years. There is a nice Fish & Chip place there and a nice park to eat them and watch the C17's doing touch and goes.
Post by exkiwiforces on Dec 8, 2014 20:04:07 GMT 12
I can tell you, this has been discuss on both sides of ditch over last couple of years at various levels. With a view that RNZAF obtaining 2-3 C17's so that RAAF and RNZAF pooled their A/C to formed some sort of Joint Airlift SQN.
I think Mr K Rudd raise this idea back under his somewhat bold DWP to form some kind a Joint ANZAC Taskforce, but it somewhat went the way of the DODO after he got knifed by that Redhead Gillard and the Kiwi government baulking at the cost of maintaining/ operating them.
I did read a Janes article about 2 mths ago saying that RAAF had obtain two more C17's and it also said a couple of Asia Pacific nations were thinking of obtaining a couple C17's.
One question I do have is the NZ Government/ RNZAF hedging their bets on the A400 if the A400 goes tits up??
Would love to see these in RNZAF service but with the dairy payout dropping today to $4.70 that's going to wipe close to 7 billion out of economy yearly..so the bean counters in Wellington will be taking a few panadol right now.
I live outside the box and think outside the square and take nothing as impossible.
I think we need a lot more information yet before we can say too much regards accuracy. Meaning, if they are seriously looking at this, how many and what would we pay for. Would it be just the aircraft themselves and if we needed a spare part, would we have to wait for the next trans tasman commercial flight to bring it over. Surely this would put a huge dent in the overall airlift replacement budget and limit frame numbers on the other types we were looking at. I was thinking that if so, that instead of 5-6 A400's that were maybe in the original mix of options, that they would use the C17 for the bigger jobs and for local use get 7-8 C295. But a thought just came into my head that if we did purchase C17's then would the thinking of the replacement committee be that after lots of talking between mr's Key and Abbott that we go down the same line as them and get 6 C27's.
Although I am a big fan of the B757 amd the capabilities it has with the modifications we have done, I think they will be replaced early 2020's. So what would Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern do for overseas VIP flights