F-15SG Strike Eagle

F-15SG Strike EagleOhakea Air Base, Manawatu. New Zealand

Captured back in February here is one of the two F-15SG Strike Eagles put on display by the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) during the RNZAF Air Tattoo 2017. 

Puppy in the Clouds

Pluto Watching The SunsetManawatu

Do you remember laying on your back, looking at the clouds in the sky and trying to see characters and shapes. Did you call out to our friends, hey look that's a rabbit.... or that's looks like a witch on her broom... Relaxing in the summer sun without a care in the world, this is the joy of childhood. Of course now we are adults we don't do that anymore, how silly...or maybe not. Do we take the time, make the time to just relax. Sure our lives are busier and we have more responsibilities, but that doesn't mean things like watching the clouds are only for children. In this case Kelly pointed out the dog on the cloud.

The image reminds me of lazy summer evenings at the beach, warm winds and relaxing meals. In truth the wind was cold, it is still early spring, and we were miles from the sea. Still it was a nice way to watch the sun set.

Bastions

Bastions of the FutureTararua Wind Farm

Do they add to the landscape, detract, are they iconic or an eyesore. There has been much debate about the impact that wind farms have on the visual landscape. But there is no denying that with our energy hungry lifestyles, they provide that power at far less cost to the environment than many other methods. How will we be generating that same power in 10, 20, 50 or even 100 years from now, who knows. But for now, wind turbines like these and various other renewable energy projects are the established bridgeheads, the bastions from which the renewable energy projects of the future will be fought for from. The bastions of a future which is better for the environment.  

Three Harvard's

 

Thanks to Brett Nicholls, Stu Anderson and Rex Brereton for putting on a bit of a display yesterday in their Harvard's for the 75th Birthday of Central Flying School.

To see more of our Harvard images head on over to our gallery 

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