New Zealand P3-K Orion, displayed to compliment the Orion posted by Maalie. Notice the Albatross painted on the tail, and the MAD boom out the back. Not to be outdone (I shall find a place for the Orion poem!) Here is my favourite excerpt from the Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner;
The ice was here, the ice was there,
The ice was all around:
It cracked and growled, and roared and howled,
Like noises in a swound!
At length did cross and Albatross,
Thorough the fog it came;
As if it had been a Christian soul,
We hailed it in God's name.
It ate the food it ne'er had eat,
And round and round it flew.
The ice did split with a thunder-fit;
The helmsman steered us through!
And a good south wind sprung up behind;
The albatross did follow,
And every day, for food or play,
Came to the mariner's hollo!
In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,
It perched for vespers nine;
Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white,
Glimmered the white moonshine."
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
I won't put the next verse in, but if you want to read it all you can find it here.
Also, here is the crest for RNZAF's No 5 Squadron, which is where I work;
If anyone is interested in more information about 5 Sqn, then you can visit the RNZAF website. I hope you enjoyed this post, thanks for the inspiration Maalie :-)