Airforce comfort

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Our NZ Air Force flight went smoothly and I was impressed at how well they treated us.

Checking bags through
  The 5 of us filled half of the passenger list as we flew south out of Whenuapai down to the Ohakea Base.  There we collected 65 soldiers who were going into mission for their 6 months.

 

Whilst we waited to go through the customs formalities I noticed a friend from Tokoroa and chatted to her.  She was there to farewell her son who was one of the soldiers.  She introduced me to the young man and we chatted for a while before the Padre invited us all outside for a short prayer.  We then made our way to a hanger beside the runway and from there onto the plane.

 

The plane was still just half full as we sat back to enjoy our 7 hour flight to Darwin at the top of Australia. 

 

Our destination was the Darwin RAAF base known as "Tin City".  We enjoyed three movies, all of which I had seen previously, and plenty of food and drinks throughout the flight.  As we approached Darwin we were told the time was 2 hours behind NZ.

 

Prior to leaving the plane the NZ Commander came on board and welcomed us to the Aussie Base.  As far as the UN was concerned we were now "in mission" as Darwin is deemed to be part of Timor Leste being the final jump off point.  He also gave us several instructions about the RAAF base and it's security.  I'm sorry to say that I have no photographs to share with you or this story would be written from home and my TL experience very very short.

 

We were to stay here in Tin City for just one night though and all we were concerned about was food and sleep.  The place itself was (censored) with (censored).  It (censored) at the (censored) and (censored) but this meant that (censored) for us.

 


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Putting together Dog Tags
Putting together Dog Tags
Checking bags through
Checking bags through
Happy to leave the winter weather
Happy to leave the winter weather
Glad we werent in the back of thi…
Glad we weren't in the back of th…
11 passengers for the first leg
11 passengers for the first leg
Ohakea airbase to collect the sold…
Ohakea airbase to collect the sol…
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