Last year CAD Assistant Chief Aircraft Surveyor Ray Fry joined an International Civil Aviation Organisation technical assistance mission to Nepal. WINGS asked him to comment on the state and development of aviation in the landlocked and mountainous Himalayan state. New Zealand pilots and engineers are, in respect to the country's size, well known in world aviation and it is intended, as opportunities present themselves, to feature further accounts of NZers abroad.
Four people at 148mph at 26.68mpg. A Wings Evaluation
IT IS only within the past two decades that aviation conservationists — for want of another term — have come to the fore with the intent of preserving some active reminders of yesteryear aviation. Tales abound of surplus military and civil aircraft with many potential hours of airframe time falling victim to neglect, chainsaw, blowtorch, and other similar forms of destruction during the 1950's and 60's. And if it were not for the dedicated private owner, conscious of the rarity and appeal of particular vintage and classic aircraft, New Zealand airspace would have heard and seen the last of such aircraft as the Monospar, Moth Minor, J-3 Cub, Proctor, Rearwin and Dominie.
An account of ferrying three ex RAF "wooden wonders" to NZ in 1947