"A Club to be known as the Marlborough Aero Club ... to promote, encourage, and develop the study, research and practice of aeronautics." 50 years ago, these words were included in a motion which was carried with great enthusiasm at a public meeting in Blenheim. It was on the 4th of July, 1928, that the Marlborough Aero Club's organisation was formally constituted, and on July 15, this year, the club will complete its first 50 years of service to Marlborough,and New Zealand. Full Text in Archive | Article Details |
THE Harvard. For thousands of New Zealanders it is probably the RNZAF's best known aircraft. It features in the log books and experience of thousands of young men who have trained as pilots with the RNZAF since 1941, and to people throughout the country it is synonymous with a rasping engine sound (caused by the direct drive propellor and resulting high tip speeds) and the trailing smoke of Air Force aerobatic teams.
By the time the last Harvards are withdrawn from the RNZAF at the end of this year the type will have seen service in this country for close on 36 years. It will have been the Air Force's longest-serving type Full Text in Archive | Article Details |