Hey RSAF, RAAF Williamtown will soon have lots of empty ex Hornet shelters available. Shame, in reality would likely be the last straw for a vocal number in the local community dealing with F35 noise and the water contamination. For lots of others ... bring em in!
I think there is one possible basing option in Aus that may tick the boxes. RAAF Tindal has plenty of groundspace well away from urban areas. One RAAF fighter unit permanently insitu to play with. Close to instrumented ranges. Closish to Singa. Downside could be - looks too cozy with US forces in Darwin for Singa, posting may not appeal to families with flies crocs and bats
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It reads like they were looking for reasons to say no.
Agree. Whilst it could all just be too hard and that's why they said no, it highlights that in the benign day to day NZ's lack of air combat goes along without much public thought. This request however and issues like who will do air policing in Auckland for the upcoming APEC meeting maybe might start NZers thinking more about controlling sovereignty of their airspace.
I think it was too many eggs in the same basket, and we would have to bend to accommodate the Singapore operations. When we only have 2 functioning airbases, doesn't leave any spare capacity. Noting also that all the operational fast jet experience is gone or totally grounded they would be too risk averse.
Post by Dave Homewood on May 29, 2019 18:39:32 GMT 12
I do not understand your point.
Not too many years ago there used to be No. 75 Squadron, No. 14 Squadron, No. 42 Squadron, the Central Flying School and Pilot Training Squadron all operating there together, with other daily flights in and out, totalling a shitload more aircraft operating in the circuit and training areas than are currently based there. Why does the addition of six to eight aircraft now make it impossible?
The not too many years ago was close to 20!. We no longer have the experience/knowledge base to do that anymore. There has always been issues with dissimilar performance aircraft types operating from Ohakea. Throw in the P-8's moving in as well, it landed in the too hard, politically disinterested basket...$$$