Friendship Farewell

THREE years to the day after the RNZAF's three F-27's made their final formation flight over Christchurch, NZ2782 took to the air again from Wigram. While its ancestry was still plainly visible in the dark blue cheatline, the tail was now blue with a white stripe, Laoag International Airlines script ran along the forward fuselage and the serial numbers had become RP-05888. After a long and sometimes fraught process, the Air Force has sold the aircraft to the Philippines, and they are about to commence scheduled services in that country.

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