Slipping the surly bonds

SQN LDR Cree next to a Sioux training helicopter

I didn’t enjoy my visit to RNZAF Base Ohakea today. As I drove through Bulls, a few km short of the base, it was announced over the radio that a Squadron-Leader member of the Red Checkers display team had been killed in the crash of a CT-4 AirTrainer. By the time I┬áreturned┬áto Waiouru this afternoon, the pilot had been named as Squadron-Leader Nick Cree of the Central Flying School. A sad day for the RNZAF.