Tactical flying for Hercules exercise

Hercules C-130
Caption for image AK 10-0170-051.jpg: A RNZAF C-130 Hercules.

15 February 2011  

Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules aircrew from No. 40 Squadron will be conducting their combat qualification exercise (TACEX) around the South Island from 14 – 25 February.

The exercise trains aircrew in C-130 tactical operations and will include mountain flying, live airdrop operations involving heavy equipment and container delivery systems and combat off-load procedures.

Based out of the Air Force’s Air Movements terminal in Christchurch, flights will take place around the Southern Alps, Canterbury Plains, Wanaka and along the West Coast.

C-130 Hercules Flight Commander Squadron Leader Andy Scott said the type of flying done during TACEX is to ensure aircrews are familiar with the type of operations that are often used in operations, including overseas deployments.

“Flying at 250ft above ground level means there are a number of challenges the aircrew face when tactical flying. With the training on exercises such as TACEX, it means crews are able to perform with confidence when it comes to flying in combat situations or disaster relief.”


For further information please contact Squadron Leader Kavae Tamariki, Defence Communications Group, on 04 496 0294 or 021 420 899.

Background Notes

·        Number 40 Squadron is located at RNZAF Base Whenuapai

·        The Squadron operates five C-130H Hercules and two Boeing 757-200s

·        The Squadron forms the Fixed Wing Transport Force of the New Zealand Defence Force Elements and provides:

Strategic air transport

Tactical air transport

Support to the government

Support to the NZ Antarctic programme

Disaster relief and humanitarian operations

Aero-medical evacuation

Civil Defence support in NZ and the South Pacific and VIP air transport

This page was last reviewed on 15 February 2011.