What New Zealander has not seen one of these beauties in their life time?
They seem to have been with us for decades. Since 1965 in fact!
This upgraded version has a range of 4000k at a cruise speed of 555kph. The 4 Allison engines each have 4910 HP output.
Their role is air transport for strategic and tactical military purposes and humanitarian roles.
These shots are taken in the rain as the aircraft approaches Tauranga airport.
In the background taxiing is one of Air New Zealand's Bombardier Q300's
Meanwhile, and already in the air, is the beautiful Fokker Dr l Triplane. This is the same as aircraft flown by Manfred von Richthoven (The Red Barron) to claim 19 kills against the allies in 1914 to 18 WW1.
I have more shots and background on this aircraft to follow.