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A WINTER wonderland in New Zea-
land has delivered a chance training
opportunity for junior Hercules crews.
The record snow dump across
New Zealand in mid-August coin-
cided with 285SQN's latest C-130H
conversion trainer to the country.
An Antarctic cold front,
described as a once in a lifetime
event, rolled over the Land of the
Long White Cloud on August 15 as
the C-130H crew was in Blenheim
on the South Island.
FLTLT Glen Nelson, a Qualified
Flying Instructor with 285SQN,
explained each Hercules conversion
course normally spends a week fly-
ing in New Zealand.
This provides aircrew with experi-
ence of working in different airspace
and dealing with challenging terrain.
"We don't go there for cold
weather training, but it was definite-
ly good exposure for the students,"
FLTLT Nelson said.
On August 16 the C-130H took
off from Blenheim in snowy condi-
tions and headed for Christchurch.
It was the first aircraft to arrive
in the city after a 20cm fall had
closed the city's airport.
"The students were exposed to
dealing with inclement weather, as
well as taxiing in the snow," FLTLT
He said the crew could see snow
blanketing the country, right down to
the beaches as they departed home.
Up to 14 students and instruc-
tors were on the trainer, including
pilots, navigators, flight engineers
Australian Hercules crews are no
strangers to cold conditions during
operational tasks. In the past 12
months, RAAF Hercules have trav-
elled to Canada and Norway, while
conditions in Afghanistan winters
routinely fall below freezing.
THE purchase of Air Force's fifth
Globemaster is set to be a record-
A41-210, due to arrive in
Australia by the end of September,
has been acquired in record time by
the Defence Materiel Organisation's
(DMO) C-17 Acquisition Program
It took just three months from
when the acquisition program began
to when the letter was officially
signed to buy the new C-17A.
Instrumental in achieving this
was DMO's C-17 Project Manager
WGCDR Warren Bishop, Capability
Development Group's Airlift Desk
Officer WGCDR Colin O'Neil, and
Air Force Headquarters' Airlift Desk
Officer WGCDR Wayne Bradley.
In January, as 36SQN's C-17As
were central in the task of provid-
ing disaster relief for the Queensland
floods, an Integrated Project Team
(IPT) was established to acquire a
fifth aircraft under the US Foreign
Military Sales (FMS) Program.
A Letter of Request was released
to the US Government seeking price
and availability for the aircraft on
February 10, and on March 16, gov-
ernment approval was granted.
As Defence only had a small win-
dow of opportunity to buy the aircraft,
the US Air Force requested its govern-
ment process the request urgently. Just
seven weeks later, on April 1, the US
Government responded with a Letter
of Offer and Acceptance.
Less than a week later, on April
Nearly here: fifth C-17A
6, staff at the Australian Embassy
in Washington DC signed the Letter
of Offer and Acceptance on behalf
of Defence in the presence of the
Air Attaché and incoming DCAF,
AIRCDRE Leo Davies, DMO
Counsellor Defence Materiel David
Marshall, and US Government and
US Air Force officials.
An existing C-17A on the Boeing
Long Beach production line was later
selected to become A41-210.
On August 25, the aircraft took
off from Long Beach for its first
post production test flight on sched-
ule.WGCDR Bishop praised the
efforts of everyone involved in the
He said the aircraft was sched-
uled to be flown home to RAAF Base
Amberley by a 36SQN crew, led by
CO WGCDR Paul Long, in mid-Sep-
"There will be no special ferry
flight for the fifth jet, as it is expect-
ed to return to Australia with a
standard load programmed by Air
Mobility Control Centre -- so the
jet will begin work immediately,"
An acceptance ceremony will
be held as soon as possible after it
arrives at Amberley.
A41-210 at the Long Beach
California plant, in RAAF
livery, with a few of the people
responsible for the program
so far -- from left, top row
of ladder, Gavin Hopman
(C-17 Project) and MAJ Joel
Lane (USAF); second row,
Marilyn Johnson and Liz
Pace (Boeing C-17 Program
WGCDR Warren Bishop (C-17
project manager), Ward Kerr
(Boeing C-17 Sustainment),
Rick Wilson (USAF Australian
C-17 program manager) and
Kurt Gentry (Boeing C-17
Engineering).Photo courtesy Boeing
LAND OF THE LONG SNOW CLOUD
WINTER WONDERLAND: C-130H student aircrew and instructors from 285SQN, inset,
experienced big snowfalls when they conducted a regional training mission in New Zealand.
Photos: Phil Brown
Hercules crew flies into
New Zealand's cold front
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