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Prime Minister visits Air Force Base Ohakea

Prime Minister visits Air Force Base Ohakea
Prime Minister John Key meets Flight Lieutenant Phillip Wilson during his visit to Ohakea Air Force Base (OH 10-0154-002).

04 March 2010

Prime Minister John Key visited Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea yesterday, and saw first-hand the many aspects involved in the day-to-day running of an Air Base.

The Prime Minister met with maintainers and crew in the hangar of No.3 Squadron, the home of the Air Force’s Iroquois and Sioux helicopters, and got a glimpse of the excitement and challenges of life on a Squadron.

After spending time on the ground, Mr Key took to the air for a flight in a Sioux helicopter, the Air Force’s training helicopter, which will soon be replaced by the A109 helicopter.

Mr Key also visited the construction site that will house the Air Force’s new helicopters, and Historic Flight, to see the Air Force’s aircraft of yesterday – the Harvard and Tiger Moth.

The Prime Minister spent time at Central Flying School, home of the Red Checkers, to offer his support following the death of Red Checkers pilot Squadron Leader Nick Cree earlier in the year.

Base Commander for Ohakea, Wing Commander Tim Walshe said the Base enjoyed being able to show the Prime Minister the commitment and professionalism of the men and women of the RNZAF.

“It was a great opportunity to show a small part of the work the Air Force does everyday for the government and people of New Zealand,” he said.

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For further information please contact Anna Sussmilch, Defence Communications Group, on 04 496 0286 or 021 676 338.

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