I saw 4 smoke trails in the distance and thought to myself that looks like a herky bird coming in to Hamilton airport, as I drove on and it got closer it turns out I was right (you can't confuse the smoke trails of an old C-130 lol). I didn't get a very good look (it looked grey/blue) as I was driving the opposite direction but it was low and heading towards the airport on the regular flight path for civilian aircraft.
Is it usual for military transports to land at civilian airfields over here?
I'm sorry your done for reporting the landing of one of our vintage C-130s. When captured by the authorities you will be sentenced to assemble Airfix 1/72 Spitfires for at least two weeks. RNZAF aircraft regularly use airports all round the country for training or to move passengers around.
It's not as though there is an abundance of military airfields in New Zealand with official bases at Whenuapai, Ohakea and Woodbourne only. The RNZAF is known to do familiarisation flights to a number of airports around NZ. Then of course, the Minister of Defence or Prime Minister might want a lift somewhere on the Queen.
As suggested possibly a training flight/equipment pickup... hamilton is the best place to train a military pilot too, having had the misfortune of wandering into their airspace which is CONSIDERABLE - trying to get north of raglan without going a very long way out either side... grumpy bastards in CTR and grumpy bastards at the tower.
I know we are just bug smashers but give a 90 knot aircraft a break !!!!!
I think civil agencies/contractors do that.. there used to be an F27 that went around the country doing that, not sure who does it now, there was a NZ contractor doing checks on Hararae Airport... they had the wheels fold up on their 737 which must have been expensive...
I would of thought that each potential relief aircraft would have to individually calibrate their systems for ILS landings?
As the Herky would be used for transport and supply duties it makes sense that it would need to land in extreme conditions and re-orienteering the aircrews and navigation systems on a semi regular basis would be required?
Meh what do I know about RNZAF operations I'm a POM we do things differently
Oh i thought you meant the RNZAF were doing calibration runs FOR airwaysnz ON the hamilton ILS... i'm not sure the Hercs have the equipment to do more than follow the beam like any other aircraft.
Plus there isn't a lot of point going all the way to hamilton to calibrate their own equipment , Ohakea has ILS and so i beleive does Whenuapai (there aren't many that do!!) probably familiarisation flights or something... seems expensive to use the herc though,... the king air would be cheaper?
I was lucky to get an assignment flying on a Hercules during a training exercise. Speaking to the crews they said they make regular flights around to various airports for training, familiarization purposes, getting new crew used to procedures, and a multitude of other reasons.
Being in a Hercules flying low level around Hawke's Bay was an amazing experience, brutally hot and bouncy, but amazing
Thanks, I did manage to shoot a little bit of video in between pics, not the best on takeoff as I was holding camera over my head to the window behind me. They held it low until the end of the runway then did a steep climbing turn out. I knew someone who was in the Tuki Tuki valley that day and they said we flew past below them
Even through the exposure of the windows (it always hard to shoot vid Dark to light) you can tell how low they were! i was trying to read the tape on the PFD but its not detailed enough.
Having flown through the HB a bit its a nice spot.... there is a bit in Te Mata peak that is referred to the bite, if one were to flaunt certain rules and go through the bite at say lower than the Peak of Te Mata, some tourists on the top car park would get some good shots say if a Tomahawk went "screaming" through there at that height. I personally don't know who would do that, but it is possible...somebodies done it....