The Hawks have landed

Pictured (from left) are Wing Commander Ian Goold, Flight Lieutenant Craig Gee, Flying Officer Michael Day, Flight Lieutenant Dave Bowen-Thomas and Flight Lieutenant Daniel Truitt, all of the 76th Squadron. Photo by Christina McDonald.
Pictured (from left) are Wing Commander Ian Goold, Flight Lieutenant Craig Gee, Flying Officer Michael Day, Flight Lieutenant Dave Bowen-Thomas and Flight Lieutenant Daniel Truitt, all of the 76th Squadron. Photo by Christina McDonald.

There was a feeling of military invasion at Queenstown Airport yesterday evening when three Royal Australian Air Force Hawk 127s arrived in formation, deploying drogue parachutes upon landing.

The jets are able to reach speeds of more than 1200kmh and can carry Mk82 bombs, Sidewinder missiles and a 30mm cannon.

They flew from Williamtown, near Newcastle, especially for Easter weekend's Warbirds Over Wanaka airshow and have never been in New Zealand before.

 

Thanks for the birds but where's the bug?

Nice of the Aussies to send some trainers over but as a military fan, I would have preferred just one Hornet. Maximum speed, 1915kph.

I feel the need, the need for speed.