Andover Arrival

Looking very neat in its RAF glossy desert camouflage, the first of the RNZAF's ten HS780 Andover C.1 transoirt aircraft was ferried into Whenuapai on December 11 at the end of a week long ferry flight from the United Kingdom. Captained by the CO of No.1 Sqn, Sqn Ldr George Oldgield, NZ7624 flew from the RAAF strike base at Amberley, Queensland, on the last leg of a 12,000 mile journey from RAF Brize Norton in south-west England where the training of RNZAF crews is being carried out by RAF's 241 Operational Conversion Unit.

As well as the four man crew (Sqn Ldr Oldfield, pilot; Fg Off Dick Newlands, copilot; Sqn Ldr Ovor Roberts, navigator; and Master Air Loadmaster Ron Hayward, loadmaster) the first Andover carried eight maintenance personnel who will carry out the training of ground crews on Nos 1 & 42 Sqns, which will re-equip with the new aircraft in 1977.

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