Australian Bicentennial Airshow, Airways Corporation in self imposed Coventry
GPWS Nuisance? Union Airways Identity; The Kiwis Have It; Liberator Crash Memories
The Nelson Aviation College
Cub is synonymous with Piper - a name now 50 years in New Zealand skies. Associate Editor Janic Geelen has compiled a Directory of the Pipers over 50 years
Additions, deletions and changes of ownership on the New Zealand Civil Register
The Antonov An-124 Russian Richmond AFB. Bill Carter photograph
FUNNY THING, fate. A person's career can depend on a decision made at a point which might at the time seem unimportant, but which might later change the course of many people's lives.
Take Lew Day, for example. There was a time, many years ago, when as a disgruntled grounded and demobbed aviator he had to make a decision: join the fledgling New Zealand National Airways Corporation and have been compulsorily retired many years ago, or join the RAF and take what later flying career would come along after service life? The toss of a coin was helped by the fact that military flying at the time offered a few shillings a week more than the airline, plus an extra 25/6d if he was married, so off to England went newly-weds Lew and Doreen Day.
THE SIXTH Pacific Fighter Pilots' Reunion, held in Auckland during Labour Weekend, was rated as highly successful by all who took part. The sun shone from a cloudless sky with little wind all weekend and the wartime pilots were kept busy with social activities, a visit to Air New Zealand's Mangere base and its flight simulators and, for nearly 80 ex-aviators, joyrides in five Warbirds Association Harvards at Ardmore.