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RNZAF Skyhawk Sale Update

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Old September 21st 03, 09:46 AM
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L'acrobat wrote in message

"ian maclure" wrote in message
In article , "Errol
Cavit" wrote:

Still nothing final and official but FWIW:


So lets suppose that someone, oh say Al-Qaeda manages to highjack
a 747 inbound for Auckland. This is discovered when they are 30
minutes from touchdown or impact or whatever it is they are planning to
What does the NZ DOD plan to do about it these days?

What is a Skyhawk supposed to do?

(1) They would be in Ohakea and take more than 30 mins to get to Auckland.

(2) It takes 2 hours to get one airborne from a standing start. (it was a
while ago, but I think this is what they said the time of the Kaikoura UFO

(3) Could a Skyhawk catch a 747?

(4) You want to keep the Skyhawks in order to shoot down 747s full of
tourists? This IS what Richard Prebble argued, but would you want to join
the air force to shoot down jumbos?

(5) Why would Al-Qaeda bother? Is there anything in NZ big enough to warrent
a jumbo? And don't you feel that they've already used that trick. Next time
would be something different?


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