Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
License needed for work use Register

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


No damage to Skyhawks

Hon Phil Goff
Minister of Defence

23 October 2008
Media statement

No damage to Skyhawks

A small amount of rainwater has entered the cockpits of four of the 17 Royal New Zealand Air Force Skyhawks kept at Woodburn Air Base, but there is no damage to the aircraft, Defence Minister Phil Goff said today.
“I am advised by the Air Force that there is no damage to the aircraft, and no impact on the sale or resale value of the aircraft,” Phil Goff said.

“On inspection, dampness was found on some components. These have since been removed and serviced at negligible cost, and the cockpit seals repaired.

“The cause of water entry is likely to be the improper re-sealing of cockpit canopies after a routine maintenance inspection.

Meanwhile, the sales process of the aircraft is continuing, Mr Goff said.

“There is a clear process applying to the sale of the aircraft and two companies are bidding for US DOD contracts for air training support, which would require the aircraft.

“These contracts are in the process of being tendered. If either of the bids is successful, we have an undertaking from both the State Department and the Pentagon that they will fast-track approval for the sale of the aircraft," Phil Goff said.


Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Government's Assault On Maori

This isn’t news, but the National-led coalition is mounting a sustained assault on Treaty rights and obligations. Even so, Christopher Luxon has described yesterday’s nationwide protests by Maori as “pretty unfair.” Poor thing. In the NZ Herald, Audrey Young has compiled a useful list of the many, many ways that Luxon plans to roll back the progress made here over the past 40 years in race relations... More

Public Housing Futures: Christmas Comes Early For Landlords

New CTU analysis of the National & ACT coalition agreement has shown the cost of returning interest deductibility to landlords is an extra $900M on top of National’s original proposal. This is because it is going to be implemented earlier and faster, including retrospective rebates from April 2023. More

Green Party: Petition To Save Oil & Gas Ban

“The new Government’s plan to expand oil and gas exploration is as dangerous as it is unscientific. Whatever you think about the new government, there is simply no mandate to trash the climate. We need to come together to stop them,” says James Shaw. More

PSA: MFAT Must Reverse Decision To Remove Te Reo

MFAT's decision to remove te reo from correspondence before new Ministers are sworn in risks undermining the important progress the public sector has made in honouring te Tiriti. "We are very disappointed in what is a backward decision - it simply seems to be a Ministry bowing to the racist rhetoric we heard on the election campaign trail," says Marcia Puru. More




InfoPages News Channels


Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.