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Come on, feel the noise

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OPINION: For sale: 3-bedroom house, 30 minutes from Auckland CBD. Handy to shops, excellent views of 16,800 energetic horses pastured nearby.

Who wouldn't rush to the window to see and hear 16,800 horses gallop past?

That's the thrill that's been on offer since 1966 to anyone lucky enough to live near the Royal New Zealand Air Force's maritime patrol and transport base, Whenuapai.

Both the P3 Orion and C130 Hercules based there are powered by four Allison T-56 turboprop engines. Each engine packs 4200 horsepower and has been turning jet fuel into noise for more than 50 years.

* Fancy new planes for the defence force - but will a $2.5b decision be put to tender?
* Young women to try out air force trades in new School........

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