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DOING 'HARD YARDS' IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Air Commodore Darryn Webb, the Air Component Commander (top, extreme left), helps the team secure a load on the Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft. Picture: ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE

A 34-strong air transport team deployed by the New Zealand Defence Force to support Coalition operations in the Middle East is doing hard yards in extremely demanding conditions.

“Our team has been performing very well in hot and dusty conditions. They manage a high operational tempo, flying about 85 hours per month. They also have to contend with air temperatures in the mid-40s, with the metallic surfaces of equipment well above that,” said the NZDF’s Air Component Commander, Air Commodore (AIRCDRE) Darryn Webb, who has just visited the team.

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Photo courtesy of the Royal Australian Air Force

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