Post by Dave Homewood on Feb 28, 2017 9:45:22 GMT 12
28 February 2017
Royal Australian Air Force to debut new aircraft at Yealands Classic Fighters 2017
C-27J Spartan’s first public outing to be at Omaka Aerodrome
Blenheim, NZ: We are excited to announce that the Royal Australian Air Force have confirmed their participation in the Yealands Classic Fighters Air Show 2017. They will be presenting their new C-27J Spartan battlefield air lifter which is equipped with missile warning systems, electronic self-protection and battlefield armour allowing them to operate freely in high-threat environments.
The RAAF have supported Classic Fighters previously, demonstrating the now decommissioned DHC-4 Caribou for the 2007 and 2009 shows. The C-27J which replaces the Caribou fills out the RAAF’s air transport capabilities alongside the C-17A Globemaster and C-130J Hercules.
David Bamfield, Yealands Classic Fighters Committee Member and former Air Vice-Marshal said that “it is particularly thrilling to welcome the RAAF back to Omaka. The C27J has not been to New Zealand before but we are hoping that it will soon become a regular sight in our skies, especially at Omaka in much the same fashion as the Caribou once was”.
This aircraft will improve the RAAF’S ability to move people, equipment and supplies in Australia and the Pacific region. With the capacity to carry significant loads and still land on airstrips which are not suited for the Hercules, the Spartan will undertake a range of missions from delivering ammunition to front line troops to undertaking aero-medical evacuation of casualties.
About Yealands Classic Fighters Omaka: Held every alternate Easter the airshow is the main fundraising event for the Omaka Aviation Heritage Museum, located in Blenheim, Marlborough NZ.
Post by gyrocaptain on Feb 28, 2017 12:23:27 GMT 12
An improved V-1? How could they improve on it? It was already bloody brilliant! The only thing I can think of is to have it powered by an actual pulse-jet. (Yes, impractical, I know.) The C-27J will be a nice addition to the modern park, along with the Black Falcons. I can't wait to see what other surprises are in store particularly among the more vintage & veteran participants!
An improved V-1? How could they improve on it? It was already bloody brilliant! The only thing I can think of is to have it powered by an actual pulse-jet. (Yes, impractical, I know.)
As I understand it , the improvements are fairly small . A sound system has been added to make it sound more like a pulse jet ( they actually do make systems for putting into model aircraft to make them sound more realistic , although its probably not going to be anywhere near loud enough )
I believe there may have been some work done around the engine area , to give a more " scale " look .
Also some work has been done that will not be noticed , but was in the interests of making it fly better ( such as higher torque servos on some of the controls .
Dear Warner Brothers: Now that I'm an adult, I feel I'm old enough to hear what the "Beep Beep" is hiding when Road Runner talks to Wile E. Coyote.
Parked at Omaka having some lunch, the boys at JEM aviation are hard at it, I see at least 2 Fokker triplanes getting annuals, and believe one is done, 6 more to go! Also Yak Steadfast is now in a container and on its way, might have to spend a few more lunchtimes loitering around the airfield.
Not quite the Spartan's first public outing to be absolutely correct but it will be great to see it there and the RAAF supporting the show. The Yak will be impressive and remind everyone of its Caribou heritage.... goes like snot but still sounds like a Caribou.....looking forward to the Bambi burgers, the Sav Blanc and just watching for a change.
Just asked JEM Aviation via Facebook whether the FW190 will be ready, reply was sadly that she is far from airworthy but hopefully she'll be flying later this year. Someone asked about seeing her at Wanaka but I am under the impression that the Fw190 and her stablemate the Mk XIV Spitfire are only to fly at Omaka.