King of the skies

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This Royal Australian Air Force Hercules has been cruising Queenstown’s skies this week as part of a training operation for new pilots. 

It’s one of two planes in New Zealand with instructors and a student crew on board. 

The Air Force says the unique Queenstown landscape provides training benefits which can’t be replicated across the Tasman. 

In October last year an Aussie Hercules in NZ was used to transport helicopters to Samoa to help in the aftermath of the tsunami.