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April 26, 2012
THE RAAF has helped the Royal
New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF)
celebrate its 75th anniversary.
A crowd of 70,000 turned out
to RNZAF Base Ohakea on March
31 for a celebratory air show.
Several RAAF capabilities
featured on the static display,
including the C-17A, Wedgetail
Airborne Early Warning and
Control aircraft, and C-130J.
Crowds were thrilled by a
77SQN flying display, which
included a four-ship formation
of F/A-18As along with a solo
Hornet handling display.
The C-130J provided much-
appreciated transport to 106 New
Zealand Defence Force personnel
and dependants to RNZAF Base
The RNZAF were proud to
display new assets, including the
A109 training and NH90 troop
helicopters in the flying program.
CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Brown
joined his RNZAF counterpart,
AVM Peter Stockwell, at the air
show to congratulate him on the
"For much of the past 75 years,
the RAAF and RNZAF have stood
by each other when conducting
operations within the region,"
NEW ZEALAND opened its skies for
low-level training and airdrops as it
played host to Exercise Kiwi Flag from
March 24 to April 5.
A C-130J from 37SQN joined its
Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF)
C-130H counterparts at RNZAF Base
Whenuapai near Auckland.
Coinciding with 75th anniversary cel-
ebrations for the RNZAF, the exercise
exposed transport crews to low-level
navigation flying in New Zealand's
mountains and valleys.
The purpose was to increase inter-
operable airlift between air forces in
the Asia Pacific. Also attending were
a Republic of Singapore Air Force
C-130H, a US Marine Corps KC-130J, a
French Air Force CASA CN-235 (from
French Polynesia), and a US Air Force
37SQN B-Flight Commander
SQNLDR Krishaan Wright said the true
value of Exercise Kiwi Flag was the
identification of potential future training
opportunities between the RAAF and
RNZAF C-130 units.
"The potential to conduct equipment
and personnel airdrop, and low flying in
mountainous terrain exists within four
hours flying time of Australia and can-
not be ignored," SQNLDR Wright said.
37SQN crews used the opportunity
to gain airdrop qualifications and curren-
cies with the help of the RNZAF hosts,
as well getting exposure to unfamiliar
drop zones and terrain.
"Hopefully we can exercise with the
RNZAF on a more permanent basis in
the future," SQNLDR Wright said.
allows good training
INTO THE LIGHT: Two views of a
37SQN C-130J on the Whenuapai
flightline, with a CASA CN 235-
200 belonging to Forces Armées
en Nouvelle-Calédonie (FANC) in
Photos: Roderick J. Mackenzie, RNZAF
AIRMSHL Brown said. "We share
a firm commitment to the security
and stability of the Asia Pacific
region, as well as a responsibility
for helping those in need during
times of crisis.
"I congratulate past and pre-
sent members of the RNZAF for
their proud record of history, and
thank them for their friendship
with the RAAF."
One witness to that friendship
is AIRCDRE Steve Moore, who
is the RNZAF's Air Component
Commander. "My first contact
was in Exercise Kangaroo '82
with 9SQN when they flew
UH-1Hs operating from Amberley
and Shoalwater Bay," he said.
"That was the first time I real-
ised how close our two nations
and our air forces were."
Transitioning from RNZAF
UH-1s to Skyhawks, AIRCDRE
Moore fondly recalled flying
with RAAF fighter squadrons,
which included the current crop of
Defence leadership -- then SBLT
Mark Binskin, and FLGOFFs
Geoff Brown and Mel Hupfeld.
As Air Commander Australia,
AVM Mel Hupfeld returned to
New Zealand to represent the
RAAF at an RNZAF ceremo-
nial parade and church service in
Wellington on April 3.
AIRCDRE Moore reflected
that the RNZAF and RAAF
shared a common value on profes-
"The closeness of our two air
forces also means the values of
teamwork, integrity, a sense of
history and discipline come to the
fore," he said.
The New Zealand Permanent
Air Force was created under Army
control in 1923, before being
re-established as the Royal New
Zealand Air Force in 1934 and
made an independent service in
AIRCDRE Moore said after
75 years, the RNZAF continued
to place a high value on its Anzac
connection with the RAAF.
"Having members of foreign
air forces [at Ohakea], particularly
the Commonwealth countries and
the United States, is really impor-
tant to us, given our shared history
in combat," he said.
Q&A: SGT Keith Weatherby, of 77SQN, answers questions
about the F/A-18 at the RNZAF Base Ohakea air show.
ON THE WAY: FLTLT Robert Krupinski monitors
the radios on the C-17A en route to New
Photos: CPL David Gibbs
Helping Kiwis to
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