Paul Legg goes through the emergency approaches to getting an aircraft safely back on earth.
This month's listing of Warbirds continues the three part series begun in the September 1980 issue of WINGS. Part Two includes the aircraft built between January 1940 and December 1945. Dominated by United States designed and manufactured aircraft, the listing serves to illustrate the advances made in aircraft construction and performance under the stimulus of war. Of the thirty two aircraft listed only six types have examples currently airworthy — the Auster, Tiger Moth, Dakota, Goose, Widgeon and Harvard are still represented in the air. Three of these still fly commercially over thirty seven years on — Dakota, Goose and Widgeon. Four types are potentially airworthy — Dominie, Carvair, Cub and Ryan STM. The majority rest with museums in silent salute to the aircraft's contribution to war and peace. Auckland's Museum of Transport and Technology (MoTaT) at Western Springs has New Zealand's largest collection of Warbirds with twenty two types represented. The majority are displayed at the museum's Sir Keith Park Memorial airfield site at Meola Road. See WINGS March and April 1978 for additional information on the museum's aeronautical exhibits. Other significant collections of static warbirds are to be found with the RNZAF Museum at Wigram and with the Ferrymead Aeronautical Society in Christchurch. The biggest private collection has to be that of John Smith, Gardiners Valley, Mapua. John has two Kittyhawks, a Mosquito, Harvard, Tiger Moth, Hudson, Mustang and a large collection of components.
PRESENTED BY WAY OF AN APPETISER I81FOR A FORTH-COMING BOOK ON AERIAL TOPDRESSING IN NEW ZEALAND BY WINGS ASSISTANT EDITOR JANIC GEELEN IS THIS AGALBUM OF ASSORTED AIRCRAFT. AFTER A CONSIDERABLE NUMBER OF YEARS RESEARCHING INFORMATION AND COLLECTING PHOTOGRAPHS ON THE HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT OF AERIAL TOPDRESSING IN NZ, HIS BOOK — THE TOPDRESSERS — IS TO BE PUBLISHED LATER THIS YEAR. AS ALWAYS, WHEN CONFRONTED WITH THE TASK OF ILLUSTRATING SUCH A BOOK, THE PROBLEM ARISES AS TO WHAT TO LEAVE OUT WITH REGARD TO THE NUMEROUS PHOTOGRAPHS COLLECTED. FEATURED HERE ARE SIX THAT DID NOT QUITE MAKE THE FINAL RUTHLESS SELECTION.
an aviator's cautionary tale
Additions and changes of ownership on the NZ Civil Register.
Warbird heyday — of the six identifiable Harvards in this early '60s RNZAF lineup; two were scrapped (NZ1046 and 29), two are airworthy (NZ1037 as ZK-ENA and 15 with the RNZAF as their sole remaining flying Harvard), one guards RNZAF Base Wigram's gate (NZ1050) and one is in a museum (NZ1057 at Silverstream in the Hutt Valley).