AT 30,000 ft they are just a roar in the sky as they race off to an unknown destination or indulge in manoeuvres barely perceptible to the naked eye. Something of an aura surrounds the activities of the RNZAF's main operational strike unit, No. 75 Squadron, and its complement of A-4K and TA-4K Skyhawks.
TO TRY and describe what it is like to fly an aeroplane to someone who has never done so is a very difficult thing. Sailing has been described as being akin to flying, and it is true to say that both have their moments of euphoria and terror!
IN THE April WINGS we reported the sale overseas of New Zealand's only airworthy P-51 D Mustang ZK-CCG. The sale brought a general reaction of disappointment from aviation enthusiasts throughout the country, so WINGS invited one of CCG's owners, Mount Cook Airlines' captain John MacDonald, to explain the reasons why he and his partner, Mr Ron Fechney, decided to sell the aircraft.
THE existence of two wartime enemy aircraft in New Zealand — the Bf 109 and the Japanese Mitsubishi Zero —have been well documented in the pages of WINGS. But not quite so well known is the existence of quite a large contingent of Japanese aircraft collected at Jacquinot Bay in New Britain by the RNZAF at the end of hostilities for return to New Zealand.