Post by Dave Homewood on Jan 6, 2015 18:48:43 GMT 12
Thanks Bruce. Interestingly I keep hearing whispers that they'll be around a lot longer than 2015, so we might watch this with a 'will they, won't they' anticipation. I hope at least two will go to the Historic Flight. They are one of the RNZAF's most important aircraft of all time and need to continue to be celebrated in that way.
I am fairly certain (from off top of my head) that all three of the original NZ C-130's arrived together in New Zealand in April 1965, and were welcomed at Wellington airport by Keith Holyoake (and many others too of course). David D
Post by Dave Homewood on Jan 7, 2015 10:13:39 GMT 12
The site also says '04 and '05 were both delivered to Auckland on the 9th of January 1969, but '04 wasn't brought on charge with no. 40 Squadron till the 22nd of May 1969, and '05 on the 6th of June 1969. Why was there so many months of inactivity between delivery and entering service? I'd have thought they'd have been keen to get them straight into service considering there was a war on at the time.
NZ7001 - First flown on 19 November 1964, NZ7001, NZ7002 and NZ7003 all arrived in NZ in April 1965
The C-130H-LM(model 382C) were the first three production 'H' models off the block, the Iroquois, well was a part of Christchurch .. bit like the Harvard so keeping a couple of Huey's for the historic flight would be a good plan.